Radon Testing: What to Do if Your Home Tests Positive

You have done your due diligence and called AmeriSpec Home Inspection Service for radon testing. Your St Paul home tested positive. Now what?

The first step is to make sure you are well informed about the radon testing report. It is a good idea to review the report with the expert who performed the radon testing to make sure you understand what is going on and how much radon was found. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says that if the radon level in the lowest part of your home is more than 4 pCi/L, then you have a high level of radon and you need a mitigation system installed.

After the radon testing is completed, you will need to find a licensed and certified radon mitigation contractor to come in and rid your home of radon. A lot of states have standards for radon mitigation professionals in terms of licenses, certifications and registration. Check your state laws if you’re not sure what the rules are where you live. (In Minnesota, these professionals are not required to be licensed. Regardless, it is still a good idea to check references when you hire someone to clear your home of radon.)

A big factor that will come into play when it’s time to get rid of the radon is the type of home you own. Homes with basements, crawlspaces or slab-on-grade foundations will usually undergo one of these four types of soil suction: sub-slab suction, drain tile suction, sump hole suction or block wall suction. There are also two other types of radon reduction methods: heat recovery ventilation and natural ventilation. Your radon mitigation contractor will know which type will work best for your home.

For more information on radon testing in St Paul, call AmeriSpec Home Inspection Service at 952-854-5110 or Contact Us.

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