There are recommended steps in the installation process that are fundamental to reducing radon levels.
Indianapolia, IN (PRWEB) June 20, 2014
Vapor Protection Services announces a radon testing service coupon for Indianapolis area homeowners in support of the Indiana State Board of Health’s new enforcement policy of EPA standards for radon installation. In a letter dated May 1, 2014 from the Indiana Radon Program at the State Board of Health, any Indiana licensed mitigation contractor who does not meet standards established by the U.S.-EPA (IC 16-41-38-4 Use of relevant standards and practices Sec. 4) can receive penalties up to $1000 for each violation and for each day of non-compliance. In addition, the Indiana Radon Program at the Board of Health asserts (IC 16-41-38-9 Violations; civil penalty Sec. 9) that failure to meet standards established by the US-EPA for mitigation system installations will be aggressively enforced.
“This is important for realtors recommending radon contractors to homeowners because most state radon companies are NOT complying with EPA standards,” says Dawn Sandoe, President of Vapor Protection Services. The Indianapolis contracting company is the first woman owned radon provider in the area and was founded on EPA standards for mitigation of radon and harmful VOC’s from indoor air. The savings coupon is available to Angie’s List members or on vaporprotection.com and saves customers $50 on radon testing. In addition, the $99 Radon Testing Fee Coupon also acts as a rebate if homeowners find out that radon levels are 4 pCi/L or higher and need a new radon system or repair.
Some states, including Indiana, have artificially low prices for radon systems, such as $700- $800, which may have hidden costs or skip important steps in effectively reducing radon in homes. The cost of radon systems in Illinois average between $800 and $1200 according to the University of Illinois Extension which supports EPA standards for radon mitigation. Ohio radon systems start on average at $1200. The Minnesota State Board of Health cautions homeowners about radon contractors who charge less than $1000. “We suspect that prices have been driven down in the state because there has been no Indiana enforcement of EPA standards before May of 2014,” says Sandoe.
Vapor Protection Services is offering a Radon Testing $99 Coupon, that can also act as a rebate on a new radon system, in order to reach homebuyers and sellers who regularly buy radon systems from unethical contractors and may not understand that radon really is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers cancer according to the World Health Organization. 2014 is the target year for the woman-owned business to help radon advocacy groups such as CanSar (Cancer Survivors Against Radon) shift perceptions about the dangers of long-term exposure to radon and what is required to successfully reduce radon levels in Indiana homes.
The cost of radon systems in Illinois average between $800 and $1200 according to the University of Illinois Extension which supports EPA standards for radon mitigation. Ohio radon systems start on average at $1200. The Minnesota State Board of Health cautions homeowners about radon contractors who charge less than $1000.
Dawn Sandoe says, “Homeowners should check radon installers for Indiana Radon Mitigation Licenses before letting them perform work.” Some states, including Indiana, have artificially low prices for radon systems, often $700- $800, because there has been no enforcement of EPA standards for installation the state. Radon systems Ohio and Illinois. “National companies may have one licensed radon mitigator for the entire state and send out contractors who are not trained and licensed by the American Academy of Radon Scientists and Technologists (AARST),” says Nicolas Martinez, Director of Technical Services for Vapor Protection Services. He says, “There are recommended steps in the installation process that are fundamental to reducing radon levels. Most radon contractors in our area skip steps and don’t re-test for radon levels after installation.” There is no way to prove that a radon is no required by the Indiana State Board of Health.
The EPA standards for installation that the State Board of health now enforces includes testing sub-slab air before installation to determine where to locate suction points, piping and fan. Why is testing air pressure so important? The American Academy of Radon Scientists and Technologists urges testing before installation because each home has different insulation, ventilation and soil conditions. EPA refers to this stage as a feasibility study for quality assurance. It takes a small amount of testing time to prepare for successful mitigation. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in
For a list of steps that installation prices include these four components:
1. Pressure testing before and after installation. (Verifying that an installed system is adequately depressurizing sub-slab air shows that suction points and piping are sealed properly and fans working) radon levels meet compliance levels of 4 pCi/L or below).
2. Schedule 40 PVC piping for durability, polyurethane sealant, and Radon Fans (with 3-5 year free replacement warranties).
3. Re-testing of radon to meet compliance levels of 4 pCi/L or below. Re-testing for radon is the only way to know if a mitigation system is working!
4. Any and all adjustments to system required until test results are acceptable.
The new enforcement is also important because any violations against radon contractors will reflect poorly on a realtor’s brand. This is especially true with higher priced homes where buyers expect quality appliances and high performance HVAC systems and insulation. (The better the insulation, the potentially higher radon levels).
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