There are a number of ways to go about radon reduction. As with many things these days, there is what we call as do-it-yourself or DIY’s. DIY radon mitigation though varies especially when it comes to the type of building. If it is a small to medium sized house then a DIY would be possible. However if you plan to mitigate the effects of contamination on a building you own or a business establishment, then maybe hiring a contractor could be a better option. Considering that in a place of business there are other people involved, the system to be implemented must be perfect or at the very least near-perfect.
So why is it difficult for some people to decide to hire a contractor to conduct radon abatement? The main issue though is always the cost of the services. However the cost of the system is not something that is set at one price. It will depend on a number of variables like the size of the house, how deep the foundation is, the type of materials used in constructing the house, and even the climate. In general however the cost of such systems is from $800 to $1,500. One system for instance called as active soil depressurization, uses a pipe and an exhaust fan to drain away the gas from the house. Many contractors for example will give you a warranty of 5 years.
In addition the reason why it appears to be sometimes pricey is that part of the cost includes protecting the aesthetic part of your house. Thus when you implement the system, you won’t be forced to live with having pipes going from the inside to the outside of your house. As part of the cost, the contractor will ensure that the radon reduction system will not only make your home safe but that that the design is not affected.
Aside from the system, the other peripherals are included in the price as well. The operating cost of the amount of electricity used due to the fan is part of the price. Any other extra cost is part of the total cost as well.
An important warning though is that do not just focus on the price. Just because it costs a lot does not always mean it is the most effective. You also have to look into who the radon mitigation contractor is. While price may be a factor for consideration, it is not the only factor. You also have to look into the previous work of the contractor. If possible you can try to inquire or call homes that they have done previous work. A more important factor however is if the contractor has the necessary certification from the EPA or other organizations.
So what can we learn from this? The lesson is in fact simple. No matter what the cost of the system, the benefit of having a mitigation system far outweighs it. When it comes to health concerns, no cost will ever be enough and that is radon reduction is all about.