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What is Radon Gas and Do I Need a Radon Gas Test?
Radon gas is an invisible, odorless, tasteless gas that enters your house from decaying radioactive materials in the ground beneath your home. Just about every home in America has some amount of radon gas in their house. Small amounts of radon are normal and do not pose a danger. Large amounts can lead to severe health risks.
Scientists believe that radon gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer, behind smoking! The amount entering your home, on the other hand, depends on where your house is located. Levels of radon gas in home will vary, even from house to house on the same street. Radon testing is cheap and easy, and when it comes to your family’s safety, something that must be done.
Average Radon Gas Testing Costs
Having a professional company to come and perform radon gas testing is very inexpensive and only takes a few minutes. You can also do a few things to help keep the cost down and make sure the test is done correctly at the same time. A test should be performed on each floor of your house, including the basement (where radon gas usually comes from) making sure that all windows and doors are closed. A ventilated room will give you a lower reading than if there is no air movement.
Radon gas testing will typically cost between $200 and $300, depending on where you live. There are many different authorities on radon. In turn, there are many different numbers on what is safe and what is not. To be safe, any number between 4 and 12 PCI/L (picocuries per liter of air) is generally considered acceptable. Anything higher than that and you may want to consider abatement or mitigation techniques to lower the levels.
Radon Mitigation System Costs
If you do need a system installed in your home, expect to pay between $750 and $3,000 for a professionally installed radon mitigation system. The size of your house, the type of system you have installed, and the level of radon gas in your house will determine where you fall on that cost spectrum. A normal radon gas mitigation system involves a series of fans and filters around specific areas of your house to assure the constant movement of air.