Radon - Frequently Asked Questions

Radon Frequently Asked Questions

Perhaps your home has recently tested high for Radon, or you've heard about it and have concerns, whatever prompted you to look into Radon Mitigation, you likely have many questions. While we are always happy to answer all of your questions directly by Contacting Our Offices, we wanted to put together this FAQ with some answers to commonly asked questions.

Of course, if any of your questions are not covered here, or you wish to discuss your project, please do not hesitate to give us a call at 570-963-1123. Our knowledgeable staff will be happy to assist you!

Does Radon really cause Cancer?

Yes. Higher than acceptable Radon Levels in homes is the second leading cause of Lung Cancer in the United States, accounting for 21,000 deaths per year. Some studies have even found a link between high Radon levels and some types of Blood Cancers…

For more on the health effects of Radon exposure, see Does Radon Cause Cancer?

Is a high Radon Level really a big deal?

Yes. Whether it is at your home or work, high Radon levels result in a cumulative exposure that can be detrimental to health and has been linked to the development of some forms of cancer. Fortunately, high Radon levels are easily resolved with the installation of a Radon Mitigation System.

High Radon levels really aren't very common though, are they?

Actually they are, particularly in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Some estimates place the number of homes in Northeastern Pennsylvania with higher than acceptable Radon Levels at 1 in every 2.5 homes (That's 40%!).

Can anyone install a Radon System?

No. The State of Pennsylvania does require that all Radon Mitigation firms be properly trained and licensed (Disaster Blaster's License # is: 2848), ensuring that systems are installed correctly and by knowledgeable technicians.

Do you charge for an estimate?

No, we do not charge for Radon Estimates. While some companies may provide an approximate estimate over the phone, we understand that each property is different, and often require unique solutions. For this reason, we are happy to have one of our Estimators inspect the property and design a custom solution for your needs. It is our goal to provide as accurate and complete an estimate as possible.

Can your estimate change?

Yes, but we try our best to avoid that. There are however unique situations (While uncommon), that can increase the cost during the project, such as rebar under the slab, or an extra thick sill or slab. Unfortunately, we are unable to determine if we will encounter these complications during our initial inspection.

    If a Basic Package is selected, additional suction points that may be necessary will also be at an additional cost.

What is the $ 50 Pennsylvania DEP Fee?

In October of 2017, the PA DEP instituted a $ 50 fee on each Radon Mitigation System installed in the state. This money is collected by all Radon Mitigation Companies and remitted directly to the Pennsylvania State DEP. Accordingly, this fee is included in every Radon Mitigation System proposal we prepare. For more about this fee, please see: Our Announcement

Do you provide customization options for your Radon Systems?

Yes. Disaster Blaster is proud to offer several customization options to fit with your home. Please speak with your Estimator to discuss options available for your particular needs.

What is the difference between your Basic Package and your Elite Package?

At Disaster Blaster, we offer options for our customers including our Basic and our Elite Packages.

• The Basic Package is our system installed including one suction point, while any additional suction points, if needed, would be an additional charge.

• The Elite Package is our system installed with necessary additional suction points included at no additional charge (within the capabilities of the fan unit and with the expectation that the radon level is reduced to within acceptable levels). We suggest the Elite Package for real estate transactions as closing is less likely to be impacted by a failed post-test.

Do you test for Radon?

No. The EPA requires that the company doing the testing is a third party and not the company installing the system. Also, at Disaster Blaster, we feel it is a conflict of interest to both test and remediate due to the possibility of tampering with the tests. We want our customers to feel confident that they are dealing with a truly ethical company where our number one concern is a healthy indoor environment.

We do provide our customers with a self-test kit after the installation of their Radon System that they are able to use to determine the current Radon level and to ensure that the system is adequate. Setting up this test is very simple, and gets mailed in to an independent lab for analysis.

Is the cost of testing included in your estimate?

No. We feel confident in the work that we perform and encourage our customers to have post-testing performed by any Licensed Radon Tester that they may wish to use. A list of licensed Radon Testers can be supplied to you.

Are you able to install the Radon Mitigation System where I want it?

There are a number of considerations when planning for the location of a Radon Mitigation System. Our goal during our onsite inspection is to design the most efficient and effective system possible for that unique property. We are happy to take homeowner requests into consideration during this planning stage and we do make every effort to install a system in their desired location whenever feasible. In order to allow us to take specific requests into consideration during the planning stage, we must receive all requests at the time of our inspection.

When should I conduct a post-test?

A post-test is required by the EPA after a system is installed to ensure the Radon levels are now below recommended levels. Post-testing should be completed 7 days after the system has been installed. This allows time for any fluctuations in Radon levels to even out, and will result in a more accurate test result. If your post-test still comes in high, adjustments to the system may need to be made, such as installing an additional suction point. Another post-test will need to be performed after each adjustment.

Do you need the post-test results?

Yes. The State of Pennsylvania requires that we report back to them with the post test results within 30 days. As such, we do ask that you please get these results back to us in a timely fashion.

My post-test still shows high levels of Radon, Why?

There are a number of factors that could cause a post-test to fail that do not necessarily reflect on the workmanship of the System installation. Although we take pride in our work, there are times when the post-test comes back high. Radon is a gas and can seep up through excessive cracks in the foundation that may have to be sealed. Also, the pipe installed in the foundation may not be getting proper suction due to the composition of the ground beneath the concrete. Usually, adding an additional suction point or sealing cracks rectifies the situation although a second post-test does need to be performed.

Do you guarantee your work?

Guarantees for any length of time with a Radon System are not possible due to the ever-changing nature of geology. Radon is a gas that is emitted from decaying rock beneath the ground. Since there are many factors that can change the geological composition of the land, including digging near-by, renovations, plate shifting, etc., there is no way for us to guarantee something that is beyond our control. With our Elite system however, we do guarantee that your home will pass the post-test or we will add as many additional suction points as the fan permits at no additional charge until the test shows acceptable levels of Radon in the home. The fan unit itself and the installation are covered under two separate warranties.

Is there a warranty?

Yes, there are actually two:

• Every System Install comes with a 3 Year Defect Free Warranty on the system installation, and

• Every fan unit comes with a 5 Year Manufacturer's Warranty.

Is the warranty transferable?

Yes, both the 5 Year Manufacturer's Warranty provided on the fan unit itself, as well as the 3 Year Defect Free Warranty on the rest of the system provided by Disaster Blaster are transferable to the new owner of the home. For this reason, we recommend retaining all paperwork that came with the fan unit and providing this to the new owner at closing.

What is the procedure for Installation of a Radon system?

• 1. Test for Radon – Most home inspectors can do a Radon test. You may also use a self-administered test found at your local home improvement store. Test your house prior to putting your home on the market if possible; this will give you plenty of time for installation before closing.

• 2. Review your test results – If the results are 4.0 pCi or higher, you will need to install a Radon Mitigation System.

• 3. Choose a Certified Radon Mitigation Specialist to give you a written estimate - Do not take estimates over the phone, there are too many variables that if not seen upfront could be an added cost at the end. Ensure that your Radon Mitigation Company is properly licensed with the State of Pennsylvania (Our License # is: 2848)

• 4. Installing the system usually takes about 4 hours.

• 5. After the system is installed, you must have your home retested. - Send the results of the retest to the Mitigation Company. They need to file the test with the state.

• 6. If the test results were under 4.0 pCi, then you don't need to do anything except retest every 2 years or so or any time you do renovations to your home. If the test results were still higher than 4.0 pCi, then adjustments will need to be made, such as adding extra suction points. You must have the home retested each time adjustments are made.

Do I have to worry about rain or snow getting in my exhaust pipe?

Generally, no. The fan is designed to operate year round and the continuous flow of air coming out of the exhaust pipe will prevent most rain and snow from entering the system.

Do you offer inspections of existing Radon Systems?

Yes we do! As the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection recommends periodic testing to ensure that the system is still adequate for your needs, we offer an annual inspection service wherein we inspect the system, check the nanometer reading, and look for any issues or repairs that may be necessary. As part of this inspection, we also provide you with another self-test kit so that you can check your current Radon level. Please call our office if you would like to schedule an inspection.

We hope you found this helpful! Should you have further questions about Radon Mitigation or have a need for our services, please don't hesitate to Contact Us!

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