When selling a home in New York State, it is recommended that a test for the presence of Radon Gas be done. Radon is a cancer-causing, radioactive gas that you can’t see, smell or taste. The presence of this gas in your home can be dangerous to your family’s health. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers and is the second leading cause of lung cancer in America.
Radon is a radioactive gas that comes from the breakdown of uranium found in almost all soil, rock and water and gets into the air that you breathe. Radon moves up through the ground and enters your home through cracks and other openings in your foundation. Your home traps the gas inside and it builds up. Any home can be affected by radon gas, it does not matter if it is old or new, well sealed or drafty, or with a basement or without. Any home has the potential for a radon problem.
Testing is the only way to check for the presense of radon. Self testing kits are available locally for approximately $10.00. The test is sent to a laboratory and you receive the results quickly with the level of radon present in your home. Most people find out about radon when they attempt to sell their home and a radon test is requested. If your radon level is 4 picocuries per liter (pCi/L) of air or higher you should have it mitigated.
Suburban Services Group has trained technicians and have been installing Radon Mitigation systems for over 15 years. Continuing education is required to maintain certification, so every two years, our staff is involved in various training and certification courses. The EPA and NYS Health Department provide a list of state certified companies permitted to remove radon gas.
There are 2 options to mitigate the Radon Gas from your residence. The first option is called “sub-slab depressurization”. This is used when you have a basement with a concrete slab. Holes are drilled into the concrete slab at various points and the gas is removed from the home with PVC piping and a fan. Piping goes through the wall and is released above the eave of the house. Based on the test reading that revealed the presence of Radon Gas in your home, the location and number of holes in the floor is determined by the estimator. A typical installation can range from $1,100 to about $2,500.
The second option is the use of a Heat Recovery Ventilation (HRV) air exchanger. Generally, this method is used if there is a dirt floor in the basement. The HRV unit is attached to the joists and PVC piping is used to remove the radon gas from the home and vented above the eave. This option can be slightly more expensive than the sub-slab method due to the expense of the HRV air exchanger. For more information, please visit EPA.gov.