Choosing a ContractorAre all certified radon professionals the same?
The answer is no. Just because two radon mitigation contractors may have some of the same training, passed the same tests, and took the same oath to follow EPA safety protocols does not mean they are installing the same system. There will always be some variance in design and possibly a significant difference in the location choice and type of radon reduction system suggested for your home. Those differences can greatly influence the final level of radon left in your home even after a mitigation system has been installed.
Major points to look at when deciding which company to use to mitigate the radon from your home:
- Guarantee - What kind of guarantees are given for the final product and more importantly final radon level. This is a giveaway when trying to distinguish between radon mitigation professionals. If one contractor says he will install the same system for less money, why then is he not also offering the same guarantee?
- Follow up testing - If you are hiring someone to install a radon reduction system and they are guaranteeing you to be below a certain radon level when finished why then would they be charging you an extra fee to do the follow up testing? That doesn’t make any sense and another cost for you.
- Damages - Is the radon contractor responsible for any damage they may cause or will you have to hire another contractor at additional expense to go behind them. Some examples of this might be drywall to run pipe through. Are they leaving a hole there? What about flooring, ceiling, duct work, insulation, siding and roofing, is everything left in proper working order?
- Are they licensed with the contractors board and carry liability insurance?
If you are going to spend the money to hire someone to help with your home’s high radon level make sure you hire the right company with the most experience and best guarantees and get as much radon reduction as possible.