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Ten fast facts about radon

508605467Ten fast facts about Radon.

We set out every day to make Wisconsin homes safe from radon.  Part of that mission is education.  Spreading the word about the dangers of radon is important, and something we can all undertake.  We all know a friend or family member who owns a home, and many may not be aware of the potential of cancer-causing radon in their home.  Sharing information with them could be the impotice for a simple radon test, which could potentially save a life.

Here are five simple facts about radon you can share with others:

  1. Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas released in rock, soil and water.
  2. Radon can accumulate inside any home to dangerous levels.  It doesn’t matter if it’s old or new, what condition it’s in or if it has a basement or not.
  3. Breathing radon gas can increase your risk of lung cancer, and radon is the number one cause of lung cancer in non-smokers.  The EPA estimates more than 20,000 lung cancer deaths are linked to radon exposure every year.
  4. Radon levels can vary from home to home, so even if your neighbor had a low test, yours may be higher.
  5. Radon is odorless, colorless and invisible.  The only way to know you have it is testing for it.
  6. Radon damage to your lungs or stomach linings occurs over time, so just because you haven’t had any health effects after living in an untested home for some time doesn’t mean you’re safe.
  7. Radon testing is easy, fast and affordable for any homeowner to do.  You can buy test kits from us or at many retailers.  If you live near our Neenah office, we even offer a free radon test program for homeowners.
  8. Radon problems in a home can be fixed fast.  A radon mitigation system isn’t as expensive as you may think, and it is excellent piece of mind for your family.
  9. Radon mitigation is not a DIY project.  Hiring the industry-leading experts at Radon Specialists of Wisconsin will ensure that your home is safe from radon.
  10. Not all radon mitigation companies are the same. Unfortunately, some radon “professionals” cut corners or install systems improperly for ease or cost-savings.  Some of these shortcuts, like not installing fire collars on pipes when required by code, can be a serious safety hazard.  Other companies may even utilize uncalibrated test equipment or place them in homes in a way that can lead to inaccurate results.  Radon Specialists of Wisconsin will never, ever install an improper radon system, no matter what the scenario is.  We do it right the first time, and stand behind our systems forever.

If you have questions about radon, wish to inquire about getting a radon test, or would like to speak with an expert about getting a radon problem fixed, give us a call at 866-569-7236.  We’d be more than happy to help.  Thanks for helping us spread the message about radon, and furthering our mission to make every home in Wisconsin safe!


Are we overreacting to radon?

Every once in a while, you come across an article that causes you to shake your head, making you think “why would they write that?”  Sometimes it’s just a viewpoint that’s just a little misguided.  In this case, it’s advice that’s downright dangerous!

We came across an advice column this weekend by a real estate broker titled “Are we overreacting to environmental hazards in your home.” In it, the author runs through a laundry list of what he considers home environmental “threats-du-jour” that make us go all crazy for no good reason.  Lead paint and asbestos both had their day, but are barely mentioned anymore, he maintains.  Mold is the new “here today, gone tomorrow” fad, as far as he’s concerned.

Of course, radon makes the list.  He writes:

Soon to follow was radon, an odorless, invisible and toxic gas that seemed to prefer basements to attics. Further research revealed that radon gas poured forth from subterranean granite, and further that most of the Atlanta area sits on a huge vein of granite (apparently part of Stone Mountain). Oh my!

Finally, it was revealed that the best treatment for radon gas was to put a fan in the window and blow it outdoors from time to time.

Window_FanWhat?  Putting a fan in a window to blow radon out of the house… from time to time??  Did we seriously just see a real estate professional tell homebuyers to just air out their house every once in a while and you’ll be safe from radon?  Where do we start?

First of all, doing this could actually increase radon levels, because of how the vacuum effect works in a home.  That’s saying nothing about the heating and cooling loss you would encounter during different times of the year.

As far as asbestos goes, it’s no longer in the spotlight because it’s not allowed in the building of homes these days.  With radon, it doesn’t matter how old the home is.  Radon affects any home, regardless of age.  Yes, new homes can have it too!

For that matter, let’s just let anyone build a home! They can rough in the electrical, heating and plumbing without any training or experience. Roofers too… and what about siding? Getting permits and having trained individuals is just a big scam, when we can just do it ourselves, right?

If you’ve followed us online for any amount of time, you know where we stand on how radon should be treated in a home.  We don’t fool around, because radon is a serious issue.  We go through continual training on this stuff and we do it day in and day out.

We may not be able to answer your real estate questions, but we know radon.


Attention Home Buyers

This blog is directed to home buyers. I would like to comment on what is going on in the real world. We go to sellers homes every day for estimates on Radon systems. We get calls from sellers every day about Radon systems. The first statement is we tested high for Radon, now we have to put in a system, (they are not happy).  Do you want to know what the first question is? It is, “what is your least expensive system, or how cheap can you put a system in”? Of course we go through how our reputation is that we do it right, and stand behind our work, and that the buyers will be happy with our system. More times than I care to say the response is, “I don’t care about quality, how it looks, or where it is as long as we get one passing test”.  I understand that the economy is still down, and that many sellers are losing money when they sell their home. Now they are stuck with putting in a Radon system. They will get no benefit out of it, they are moving out. (to bad they were not informed about Radon when they purchased) As nice as we can we go over the quality issue and explain that if it were them buying the home they would want the best system possible to protect their family. Many times we lose the sale on price. Sometimes it’s a $100 difference or $25 or $50.  My competitors prices bounce all over the place, where as ours are posted on our web site. If you are a buyer, and you want the best system for your family, you can request that we install your system. You may have to pay the difference in price. You should have a say in who installs your system, you are the one buying the home. Don’t get stuck with what the seller was willing to pay for, and with a Radon company who is willing to do it wrong to get the job.


Unbelievable Day

Last Wednesday was an Unbelievable Day. I was asked to go look at a Radon system that was just recently installed. The new owner did not think it looked right. So, I went to take a look. Wow! I could not believe what I saw. This system was installed by a local, “certified” company. They broke about 6 or 7 codes and Radon venting standards. The biggest thing is that the Radon fan was in the basement. When you get certified, this is about the 1st thing you learn not to do. Among other things they did not install fire collars on the pipe in the garage, they used an electrical splitter on the single outlet for the sump pump to also plug in the fan. The flashing was not installed properly. The company then told the customer that it was  a “moisture” system, so they could put the fan where ever they wanted. (even though this was for Realty and the home had tested high for Radon) Best price? Yeah, they got what they paid for. Now the system has to be completely redone. What a great service that company is doing to the public, and they are certified. Wow, what an unbelievable day.