Search thousands of topics on CostHelper.com

BROWSE ALL TOPICS >> babies & children  cars  consumer electronics health & personal care home & garden personal finance  pets  schools small business sports weddings
CostHelper > Home and Garden  > Construction & Renovation > Radon Mitigation

Radon Mitigation Cost


How Much Does Radon Mitigation Cost?

 
low costLow: Test Kits $15-$35average costMedium: Sealing Cracks $100+high costHigh: Suction System $550-$2,500
post Post   Comments (1)  

Radon is a colorless, odorless, naturally occurring radioactive gas that is naturally released by soil. All homeowners and renters can and should test for radon levels; the EPA especially encourages smokers to test their homes. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States (after smoking). Homes of all kinds can act as traps for radon, creating a toxic atmosphere for the inhabitants, and should be fixed as soon as possible.

Typical costs:

  • A radon test kit, including laboratory analysis, costs $15-$35. Short-term test kits cost a little bit less than long-term test kits. Radon test kits are available at most home improvement stores, including Lowes[1] and the home section of Wal-Mart[2] .
  • Just sealing cracks and holes in the foundation can cost as little as $100, but this method alone has limited effectiveness. Ventilating the home and crawlspace is a temporary and limited fix.
  • Passive and active suction systems cost $550-$2,500 depending on the size of the house. These systems offer the best radon reduction available. The EPA's Installation and Operating Cost Table[3] lists how much a radon mitigation system should cost based on the type of foundation.
  • Operating a radon mitigation system costs from nothing up to $700 per year. Many radon mitigation systems have fans that require continuous electric power that can add to power bills. Heat Recovery Ventilation (HRV) and natural ventilation can result in significant losses of heat or air conditioning, leading to much higher energy costs.
Related articles: Foundation Repair, Home Inspection, Mold Inspection, Mold Remediation, Asbestos Removal

What should be included:
  • A good contractor will include a pre-service radon test, even if do-it-yourself tests have already been done.
  • The contractor should visually inspect the home's structure and ventilation to determine the appropriate type or combination of types of radon mitigation system.
  • Check the EPA's list of requirements[4] for a complete, legal, effective radon mitigation system. Be sure that the contractor has performed all the necessary tasks, affixed all labels, and explains the operation and maintenance of the system in detail. Get a copy of the written instruction for future reference.
  • Retest the levels of radon after the installation is complete. Although the contractor may perform a post-installation test, the EPA recommends an independent test to avoid a conflict of interest.
Additional costs:
  • Ground water wells can also be tested for radon, then, if needed, can get a water radon mitigation system installed. Installing a water radon mitigation system runs from $1,000-$4,500, and maintenance runs $0 to $150 annually. To find out about radon content in a city water system, call the local water provider.
  • It's wise to retest a home's radon level every year or two after a mitigation system is installed.
  • Most radon mitigation systems include a fan, which will need to be replaced about every 5 years. Expect to pay $250-$300 to have this necessary maintenance done.
Discounts:
  • The EPA offers downloadable, printable coupons for radon test kits to anyone who wants to do a test.
  • State radon offices may offer coupons, rebates, and even free radon services. To check a state's radon office for discounts and coupons, go to the EPA's state search page[5] .
Shopping for radon mitigation:
  • Ask several different contractors for quotes before hiring one. Check with the Better Business Bureau[6] to be sure that the contractor is reliable.
  • Some state radon offices[7] maintain lists of certified radon contractors.
  • The Radon Reduction Techniques[8] section of the EPA Consumer's Guide to Radon Reduction lists the different types of radon mitigation systems available.
post Post   Comments (1)  
CostHelper News


7 Ways to Stretch Your Reduced Food Budget
End of the year budgets are tight for everyone, especially in this economy.It's especially hard for the millions of Americans who depend on government programs like food stamps to help make ends meet. || Posted November 11 2013


Fix-it Favorites: Duct Tape and WD-40
My mother taught me that all home fixit-projects can be accomplished with either duct tape or WD-40. If something shouldn't move and it does, use duct tape. If something should move and it doesn't, use WD-40. || Posted September 30 2013

‣ All CostHelper Blog Posts


What People Are Paying - Recent Comments
high radon levels
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: fran haight in rotterdam, NY.Posted: November 8th, 2015 05:11PM
Type of Mitigation: none yet
discovered high level of radon gas in a house we want to to purchase but needs abatement system first before purchase.
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam


 

Comment On Your Experience With Radon Mitigation
 
Subject:  *
Amount Spent:  *
Type of Mitigation:   
Comments: 
Purchased:  Year: 
City:  * State:  *
 
Information about you:
Email:  * Email addresses are not displayed.
Name:  This is the name we'll display with your post.
me on this computer
*=required field.
 



External Resources:
  1.  www.lowes.com/cd_Spot+and+Detect+Radon_261698232_
  2.  www.walmart.com/ip/First-Alert-Home-Radon-Test-Kit-Model-RD1/10848835
  3.  www.epa.gov/radon/pubs/consguid.html#installtable
  4.  www.epa.gov/radon/pubs/consguid.html#Checking%20Your%20Contractors%20Work
  5.  www.epa.gov/iaq/whereyoulive.html
  6.  www.bbb.org/us/Find-Business-Reviews
  7.  www.epa.gov/iaq/whereyoulive.html
  8.  www.epa.gov/radon/pubs/consguid.html#reductiontech
More Home and Garden Topics
Check Out All Costs for Home and Garden How Much Do Replacement Windows Cost? How Much Does a Storm Shelter Cost? How Much Does Heating Oil Cost?

Search Thousands of Topics on CostHelper.com

 
Today's Featured Cost Articles

About CostHelper
CostHelper is based in Silicon Valley and provides consumers with unbiased price information about thousands of goods and services. Our writers are experienced journalists who adhere to our strict editorial ethics policy.

CostHelper Community
Front and rear brake pads and brake fluid exchange
Paid: 499.24
A coupon for Kurt's Automotive came up so I went to his shop to get a second opinion from what the dealership told me for a free brake job inspection... [more]
-Heidi L.
Brakes Cost
Eye exam(pressure, muscle, peripheral), refraction, retinal exam, contact lens evaulation
Paid: 342.00
Using dad's insurance blue cross blue shield and mom's culinary... [more]
-Evelyn
Eye Exam Cost
12 shingles replaced
Paid: 200.00
Replaced 12 Shingles in 4 separate locations on roof. Left remaining 14 shingles w/me for future use. Only 40 minutes actual labor but I think he did a good job... [more]
-W. Hill
Roof Repair Cost
Eye glasses
Paid: 275.00
675 before insurance 275 after... [more]
-Bobby Sammy
Eyeglasses Cost
What we pay
Paid: 2400.00
Quarterly bookkeeping revisions plus 1099 for 3 employees and advising... [more]
-Felipe01
Business Tax Preparation Cost
Brake fluid exchange, front & rear brake pads and resurface rotors
Paid: 634.85
This is the estimate they gave me. Breakdown is brake fluid exchange would be 134.95 (too much it seems). front brake pads and resurface rotors $249.95 and same amount for the rear... [more]
-Heidi L.
Brakes Cost