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    Radon Removal

    We just did one of those radon tests they advertise on the radio and it said we have a level of 16 pCi/L which they consider time to fix. Has anyone had to fix radon issues in their house and if so, what does it typically run. I normally snub this kind of stuff, but my kids spend alot of time downstairs and I dont take their safety lightly.



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    Re: Radon Removal

    From what I've heard, it can be very expensive to fix. When we sold our previous house, an inspection from the buyer turned up levels a fraction over what is allowable, and they wanted it fixed. We were scared that it was going to be spendy, but we ended up just having to make sure our sump pump was adequately covered, and seal some cracks in the floor/foundation, which brought the levels down.



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    Re: Radon Removal

    Quote Originally Posted by isucyfan View Post
    From what I've heard, it can be very expensive to fix. When we sold our previous house, an inspection from the buyer turned up levels a fraction over what is allowable, and they wanted it fixed. We were scared that it was going to be spendy, but we ended up just having to make sure our sump pump was adequately covered, and seal some cracks in the floor/foundation, which brought the levels down.
    Ugh, was I better off not knowing? =) Our sump pump is covered well. Maybe Ill look into the crack sealing thing. I really just want to burn down our house and start over. Its starting to **** me off to no end what the previous owners left us with.



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    Re: Radon Removal

    Just bought a house in October that tested high for radon during the inspection process. We recently retested the home and the levels tested normal. I suggest retesting the home in a month or so. We were advised to put in a mitigation system which would have cost us around $1000 or so.

    Also, if you know your neighbors well ask them if they know their radon levels as generally if there is a problem the whole neighborhood has it.



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    Re: Radon Removal

    I had the same problem, and after I filled the cracks, no more problem. I'd try that first and if you have a sump pump down there, cover it as was previously mentioned.


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    Re: Radon Removal

    Almost every basement in Iowa will have high radon readings without a system in place. That is just the way it is in the midwest. Mine was high as well (though not as high as yours) and my child sleeps downstairs.

    I have not "fixed it" (usually up to 2k to do). If you look at the stats for what the reading really means it seems a bit silly.

    i.e. my report I got back said at below 4 "no fix necessary"

    at this level with 100% constand exposure it is estimated that an additional 2 in 1000 people will develop lung cancer.

    at a reading of 8 (which is what mine was) it was estimated that an additional 3 in 1000 people will develop lung cancer or 1 more person.

    At anything above 4 they say fix it, but the percentages just don't support that IMO (to each their own).

    Basically I am increasing our chances by 1 out of 1000 or .1%. That is with 100% exposure throughout my lifetime (which none of us will have).



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    Re: Radon Removal

    Quote Originally Posted by isuno1fan View Post
    Almost every basement in Iowa will have high radon readings without a system in place. That is just the way it is in the midwest. Mine was high as well (though not as high as yours) and my child sleeps downstairs.

    I have not "fixed it" (usually up to 2k to do). If you look at the stats for what the reading really means it seems a bit silly.

    i.e. my report I got back said at below 4 "no fix necessary"

    at this level with 100% constand exposure it is estimated that an additional 2 in 1000 people will develop lung cancer.

    at a reading of 8 (which is what mine was) it was estimated that an additional 3 in 1000 people will develop lung cancer or 1 more person.

    At anything above 4 they say fix it, but the percentages just don't support that IMO (to each their own).

    Basically I am increasing our chances by 1 out of 1000 or .1%. That is with 100% exposure throughout my lifetime (which none of us will have).
    I'm in agreement with this, and my realtor also thought that the whole radon thing was overblown, bordering on a scam.



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    Re: Radon Removal

    Quote Originally Posted by bostinelosd View Post
    Ugh, was I better off not knowing? =) Our sump pump is covered well. Maybe Ill look into the crack sealing thing. I really just want to burn down our house and start over. Its starting to **** me off to no end what the previous owners left us with.
    If its 1000 thats cheap - from what I have heard for radon, and compared to what our former owners have stuck US with!
    We are in for about 6-8k on crap that they screwed up or halfassed. Someday in the next month I may have one safely usable shower again.


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    Re: Radon Removal

    I think you could probably get the system for $1000 to $2000. I would take the advice of sealing everything on your own, and making sure your sump pump is sealed up also. After that, do the test again in about a week or so. If results are stil bad, then you probably need to spend some cash to fix it.

    Do not mess around with it. Neighbors of mine in NW Iowa, they both spent a lot of time in their basement and developed cancer. They both had Radon problems with their homes also. Coincidence? Maybe. But why risk it.


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    Re: Radon Removal

    If youre never in your basement does it matter? I'd be curious to know what my readings are. As for now the only one down there more than 1 hour per week is my cat... Can you buy tests at a store or have to go online?


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    Re: Radon Removal

    Quote Originally Posted by bostinelosd View Post
    We just did one of those radon tests they advertise on the radio and it said we have a level of 16 pCi/L which they consider time to fix. Has anyone had to fix radon issues in their house and if so, what does it typically run. I normally snub this kind of stuff, but my kids spend alot of time downstairs and I dont take their safety lightly.
    I deal with this stuff all of the time. 16 is quite high. It will normally cost between $700-$1000 to mitigate(thats in Kansas City). The whole radon issue is kind of a touchy issue. No one really knows how harmful it is, but is it worth the risk of not dealing with it. If you ever sell, the buyer is more than likely going to have it inspected and if it comes out high, they will almost always ask for it to be mitigated.

    If your family spends time in the basement. I would recommend mitigating it. Call a mitigation company, they will come out and take a digital reading before and after the mitigation to show how its helped. Good luck.



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    Re: Radon Removal

    Menards sells the tests if you want to try one.



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    Re: Radon Removal

    Quote Originally Posted by drmwevr08 View Post
    If its 1000 thats cheap - from what I have heard for radon, and compared to what our former owners have stuck US with!
    We are in for about 6-8k on crap that they screwed up or halfassed. Someday in the next month I may have one safely usable shower again.

    Oh im with you on this. Its amazing how bad they let things get. Whoever gets our house next is getting a friggen deal.

    Thank you all for your input. It is much appreciated!



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    Re: Radon Removal

    Thread resurrection time! Got a cheapo test just to see what we were at, and it came back at 7.6 pCi/L, which they suggest I do a second test since it is over 4 but under 8. Of course the first thing I did was come to CF and search for a thread...

    How much should I be worried? Our basement is pretty much vacent and the only thing we do down there is laundry. Any suggestions?


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    Re: Radon Removal

    Is this whole radon thing not just a big scam?


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