Radon gas is an invisible, odorless gas that is naturally occurring in our environment. It dissipates in the air so, in general, it is harmless. The danger occurs when it gets trapped in spaces like our home and builds up. You and your family could be breathing in radon gas and you wouldn’t even know it.
A home buyer has an opportunity to test for radon during a home inspection and, if the levels are high, can request the seller pay for mitigation. A machine that takes hourly readings will be put in the home for about 48 hours. It provides immediate data and costs around $150. If you already own your home and don’t need a test that provides quick results, you can buy a test kit at the local hardware store and mail it off for the results. If you prefer, Summit County will provide a free test kit to homeowners. You can pick one up at the Environmental Health Department in the County Commons building. It’s located on Peak One Drive in Frisco.
In Summit County, the cost to mitigate a home can run around $1500-2000. It is a relatively simple fix that just exhausts that trapped air & radon gas out into the air where it can dissipate. A vapor barrier is typically installed in crawl spaces to try and limit the intrusion of the gas into the home.
Remember, if you have tested for radon in your home, those results must be disclosed to potential buyers. If your test results are above 4.0 pCi/L the EPA recommends mitigation. A couple of mitigation companies in Summit County are Summit Radon Solutions 970-470-3613 and Ace Radon 970-453-2435. They will provide you with a free estimate & a limited warranty on their work.