Many times, Radon Solutions of WV have been asked to come out and look at someone's installation. Most of the time another installer from a competitor won't even come back out for service calls on their own system, or to fix high levels after their install fails to lower the radon levels. In the before and after below, we were asked to service a fan that had failed. The customer said the “out of state” company would not come out, that they were too far away. Pay close attention to the poor wiring in the before photo. We went out within 24 hours after receiving the request, determined the fan was under sized and the wiring was not up to code and was unsafe. We made the upgrades and the customer was very happy and now has a local radon contractor for all their radon related needs close by.
Crawl Space Encapsulation in a house in St. Clairsville OH 43950.
The homeowner called my company to see why a home inspector found high radon gas levels inside his home during a real estate transaction. When I arrived on-sit, the radon system was not running. I advised the system to be on for 24 hours and the home re-tested. Homeowner agreed, and he was happy I found the issue (radon fan not running). I placed a Continuous Radon Monitor (CRM) with a 24-hour delay. The system has very little information noted and lacked historical data. I estimated the system to 19 years old. The homeowner said the fan was replaced 7 years ago. I noted at that time the radon system was treating a crawlspace and part of a slab. The un-finished basement had not been treated. Three days later I got my CRM and the basement still had high radon levels. Being the home was under contract for purchase, the seller asks me the make all needed repairs, so the radon levels would be safe, and he could sell his home.
Our solution to address the high radon gas level was to upgrade the currant system to meet the currant standard in Ohio, increase the fan size to add treatment to the basement area and seal air leakage inside the basement. Post test after our upgrades was 1.3 pCi/L. That was an 82% reduction. We see this increasingly, just because a home or building has a system don’t mean the radon levels are low. Test every two years, and always test when you are buying or selling.