Radon and Your Health: Take Action to Reduce Your Radon Levels
Since there is no known safe level of radon, there can always be some risk. But the risk can be reduced by lowering the radon level in your home.
How Do I Fix My Home If I Have High Radon Levels?
There are several proven methods to reduce radon in your home (called radon mitigation), but the one most used has a vent pipe system and fan, which pulls radon from beneath the house and vents it to the outside. This system, known as a soil suction radon reduction system, does not require major changes to your home. Sealing foundation cracks and other openings makes this kind of system more effective and cost-efficient. Similar systems can also be installed in houses with crawl spaces. Radon contractors can use other methods that may also work in your home. The right system depends on the design of your home and other factors.
How Much Does It Cost to Fix My Home?
The cost of reducing radon in your home depends on how your home was built and the extent of the radon problem so the cost to fix it can vary widely. However, most homes can be fixed for about the same cost as other common home repairs. Contact your state radon officeexternal icon for more information, or get one or more estimates from qualified mitigatorsexternal icon.
Who Can Fix It For Me?
Lowering high radon levels requires technical knowledge and special skills. You should use a contractor who is trained to fix radon problems. A qualified contractor can identify the radon problem in your home and recommend the right radon reduction method. Check with your state radon officeexternal icon for names of qualified or state certified radon contractors in your area. Picking someone to fix your radon problem is much like choosing a contractor for other home repairs—you may want to get references and more than one estimate.
It’s also a good idea to retest your home every two years to be sure radon levels remain low.
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