Radon is a radioactive gas formed when certain radioactive elements, like uranium, break down. It’s a colorless and odorless gas, so it’s impossible for you to detect without special tools designed for that purpose. Because uranium can be found in rocks and soil, radon gas can be found almost anywhere. Uranium in the soil or rocks in the area begin to break down and emit radon gas into the air, and that gas can end up in your home. Breathing radon has a harmful impact on your lungs, and prolonged exposure can lead to lung cancer. Smokers and people whose lungs are already damaged from smoke are at particular risk if they are also exposed to radon. It just makes sense to keep radon out of your home. If tests reveal that there is radon in your home, there are systems that can be put in place in order to mitigate the radon levels. But is it a good idea to install your own radon system in your New Haven home? Find out what you need to know about DIY radon systems.
Radon Testing and Real Estate
One important reason to avoid DIY radon systems is that you may want to sell your home one day. It’s not uncommon for radon testing to be part of a real estate transaction, and any radon mitigation system that you have installed will likely need to be disclosed to potential buyers.
If a certified radon system installer installs a radon system in your home, that may have a positive effect on your home’s value. But in the case of a DIY installation, the buyer has no way of knowing if the system is safe or even effective. It’s important to note that according to the EPA, even if radon is within acceptable levels (below 4pCi/L) any radon present still poses some risk. So even if your DIY system reduces the home’s radon level to an acceptable level, a buyer could reason that a system installed by a certified installer could possibly have lowered the levels further or eliminated the radon in the home entirely. Given the choice between a home with a DIY radon system and a system installed by certified professionals, a buyer is likely to feel that the home with the professionally installed radon system is the safer choice. There’s just no way to know whether a DIY system is as effective as it could be. So, if you want to preserve your home’s value, a professionally installed system is your best bet.
DIY Installation Mistakes Can be Expensive
Another thing to consider is whether a DIY radon system will do the job that you need it to do. When you hire a certified radon system installer, they’ll take the time to determine which type of radon system might be best for your home and where it needs to be installed in order to be most effective. While you may be able to buy the equipment and install the system yourself, it’s much more difficult for you to determine where the radon system will be most effective – or even which system will work best for your home.
So, consider what would happen if you installed your own radon system and found that it didn’t bring your home’s radon levels down. Not only did you take on the expense and time of buying equipment and installing the system, but you’ll also need to pay to have it removed and a new system installed in its place. This can get expensive quickly.
On the other hand, if you have a professional install your home’s radon system and testing shows that the system isn’t working correctly, you can most likely have the same service make changes or adjustments at little or no additional cost. Check with local certified radon system installers to find out what guarantees they can offer for their services and equipment – most likely, a certified installer will stand behind their work.
It’s important to note that even when radon systems are working properly, they require periodic maintenance. It’s unlikely that a certified radon system installer will provide maintenance for a DIY radon system, so if you install a system yourself, you’ll also need to keep up with the maintenance to make sure the system continues to work correctly. This is an extra level of home maintenance that you may not be interested in taking on or prepared to take on. When you have a professional radon system installer install your radon system, you’ll also be able to call on that service to perform regular maintenance tasks, taking that chore off of your plate.
Your Family’s Health Comes First
Not only could installing your own radon system get expensive if it doesn’t work the first time, a mistake or miscalculation on your part means even more time that your family will spend breathing in potentially lung damaging radon gas. Chances are, even your first attempt at installing a radon system on your own will take longer than it would for a certified installer to install their system, and that means more exposure.
Why take the risk? The sooner your radon system is installed and tested for efficacy, the sooner you know that your family is breathing clean, safe air. Your health and your family’s health should be your first consideration. When their health is at stake, you shouldn’t waste time. Choosing a certified New Haven radon mitigation company to install your radon system is usually the fastest way to ensure that your family is breathing safer air.
Some DIY home improvement projects can be fun for homeowners and a great way to save money, but it’s important to know where to draw the line. When it comes to your family’s health and safety, it’s best to leave the work to the professionals at Radon Systems of Connecticut. You’ll save time, money, and aggravation by hiring certified radon system installers. But more importantly, you’ll have the peace of mind that comes with knowing that you’ve chosen the best way to protect yourself and your family.