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Radon Mitigation – Cost of Ownership (Part 1)

Radon Mitigation
Cost of Ownership

Invisible and silent, radon gas poses a significant threat to the air quality within homes, and consequently, the health of its occupants. Recognizing the dangers of radon, many homeowners turn to radon mitigation systems as a proactive measure to reduce its presence. While the initial investment in a radon mitigation system is crucial for creating a safer living environment, understanding the comprehensive cost of ownership is equally essential. In this multi-part blog series, we delve into the various facets of the Cost of Ownership for Radon Mitigation Systems. We will start with a background on radon and then take a look at the initial installation expenses to ongoing maintenance, energy consumption considerations, and potential repairs, we aim to provide homeowners with a comprehensive guide to make informed decisions about ensuring the long-term efficacy and sustainability of their radon mitigation systems. Join us as we explore the financial aspects of safeguarding your home against this silent threat and ultimately, investing in the well-being of your loved ones.

Understanding Radon: The Invisible Threat in Our Homes

Radon, a colorless and odorless gas, might go unnoticed, but its potential dangers are far-reaching. This naturally occurring radioactive gas is a byproduct of uranium decay in soil, and it can seep into homes through cracks and gaps in the foundation.

The real concern lies in its decay particles – when radon breaks down, it releases tiny radioactive particles that, when inhaled, can damage lung tissue and increase the risk of lung cancer. Radon decay particles (RDP) are the 2nd leading cause of lung cancer.

Radon is a silent intruder, making it crucial for homeowners to be aware of its presence and take proactive steps to mitigate its impact on the health of their families. Testing for radon and implementing proper mitigation measures are key to ensuring a safe and healthy home environment.

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Radon Decay
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Radon in MT requirements

Radon Awareness in Montana

Montana, like many other states, has witnessed a gradual increase in radon awareness over the years.  The Radon Control Program was established by the Montana Legislature in 1993 through the Radon Control Act. Energy Bureau staff manage the radon information toll-free hotline (1-800-546-0483) and distribute free radon test kits to Montana residents.

When I moved to MT in 2000 and purchased my 1st home, the real estate market was not interested in acknowledging radon as a concern for home buyers.  Today, most home inspections for a real estate transaction include testing for radon.  In MT, most folks are aware of radon and are concerned about the possibility of lung cancer from radon decay particles. The law in MT now requires at least a disclosure of radon during real estate transactions.

While awareness is growing and most folks know that radon decay particles are the 2nd leading cause of cancer, the MT Radon Report Card has room for improvement.

MT does not yet require certification for those who install radon mitigation systems, nor is there a “standard” enforced for those installations, there is no requirement for new homes, testing in existing schools, or mitigation standards in new schools.  I suspect that will change over the next decade.

Now that we have looked at what radon is, why it is a concern, and a bit of the history of radon in MT we are ready to jump to the next subject.

In part 2 of this series, we will look at the importance of radon mitigation systems and what they look like.

 

 

Committed to Your Safety and Peace of Mind – Jennifer Thorne Testing Services Manager  | IAC2 Certified for Mold & Radon | NRPP Certified: 113525-RMP, 113629-RMS | DEQ Meth Certified: MCP-0146-C