Monday, July 23rd, 2018 by Mark Bonar
Substandard Radon Systems - Buyer Beware
Have you ever heard “caveat emptor” before? It is Latin for let the buyer beware, meaning the buyer assumes the risk in a transaction. Since we work a lot in real-estate, buyers are about 70% of our customers. We truly care about all our customers and believe we are “Saving Lives One Home at a Time®” every time we install a radon system.
We see a lot of buyers calling about issues with their radon mitigation system. Substandard radon mitigation installations are wide spread in WV and OH. This blog will deal with just a few of the issues we ran into this month.
A little background on radon standards. Radon standards can change over time. Both WV and OH have state standards. For example., the Ohio Department of Health updates their RMS every 5 years and has strict enforcement of their rules. In WV, the state follows the National ASTM E2121 Standards for radon mitigation with their last revision occurring in 2013 and have limited resources to enforce those standards within WV. Updating an older system is normal. I want to talk about systems installed under current standards, which do not meet minimal standards in place at time of installation. Some contractors will bid the job so cheap, and use inferior materials, or fail to install components at all. A picture can really tell a story. Radon fan dicharge location issue. Compay number, NOT a license #, all WV licensed #'s start with RC.
This is not a problem we have at Radon Solutions of WV because we do a FREE on-site inspection before we bid the job, in OH it’s the law. If a company shows up on the job site without the necessary materials to perform the job correctly, that might explain part of it. My competitors are all out-of-town company’s, and some do not have a state license to perform the work. The consumer most of time does not find out until it’s too late, the company is long gone, and ignores their phone calls. We know some companies even cheat on there post test, just to get the home to pass.
If you are looking to have a radon gas problem fixed, we advocate the following Standard Operating Procedures:
To Allay Radon® our process includes the following steps:
• Free on-site, in-home consultation with a Licensed Radon Specialist.
• Conduct a structural analysis and design survey.
• Review all previous tests.
• Discuss your options and answer any questions.
• Design and size the system or ductwork.
• Estimate the sealing of cracks and voids.
• Examine the foundation and slab for radon entry.
• Check for sumps and slab penetrations.
• Discuss easy-to-use financing options.
• Conclude the interview with client and write the proposal.
Remember the words “caveat emptor” before you hire your next contractor! Sometimes saving a flew greenbacks will cost you and your family in the long run. Ask yourself, is it worth it?
“Allay Radon®” and “Saving Lives One Home at a Time®” are Licensed Trademarks of Mountain State Inspections LLC.