Radon Mitigation Charlotte, North Carolina
Charlotte, North Carolina Radon Mitigation & Testing
Similar to 26 other states, many homes in Charlotte, NC fall victim to the highly dangerous gas called Radon. This naturally occurring gas can be tested for high levels and completely eliminated with our Radon mitigation services in Charlotte, North Carolina.
The North Carolina Radon Program recommends having your home tested by a certified professional. If you choose, however, to test your home utilizing a DIY test kit, below are some of the companies that manufacture and sell radon test kits:
Note: Tests should be conducted in the lowest livable area in your house that is used regularly for 8 to 10 hours a week.
- Short-term Radon Tests: These are useful to see if further Radon testing is warranted. They are commonly activated charcoal-based or use electret ion systems. Both measure your home’s radon levels for 2 to 7 days.
- Long-term Radon Tests: Long-term test measure Radon levels in your home for 90 days to a year. Similar to the AccuStar, most use alpha particle tracking. This can give a far better understanding of true Radon levels in your home as the toxic gas is known for fluctuating levels throughout the year. Variables that can significantly alter results include a drop in air pressure, gusty winds, variable soil moisture, and snow cover as the Radon gas can become trapped.
- Continuous Radon Tests: Continuous electric monitors, like the Safety Siren Pro Series plug into a standard outlet. These monitors give a running average of gas levels in your home and can be used for short and long-term tests. The air is sample continuously in its ionization chambers.
The NC Department Of Health And Human Services suggests performing a short term test initially. If the test results show 4 pCi/L or higher, perform a 2nd test either short-term or long-term. If the results hold true, you should immediately contact a professional.
Certified Radon Mitigation System Installers
Having Radon certification allows us to provide assurance to our clients that we provide reliable service that meets and exceeds standards, ethics and protocols.
The certification process begins with entry levels course for both measurement and mitigation of radon.
The courses are followed up with final certification exams at a testing facility. After completing the course and exams you must then apply for certification.
High Radon Levels In The Home
1 in 15 homes across the country test positive for high levels of Radon, an invisible, odorless gas that causes lung cancer.
Radon is a gas emitted from the ground naturally. The problem occurs when that gas begins to concentrate in joints in the wall, basement floors, foundations and other openings. This can lead to dangerously high levels.
Unfortunately, exposure to this sneaky gas can lead to lung cancer. In fact, Radon is the 2nd leading cause of lung cancer, responsible for 21,000 deaths annually in the US.
If your home falls victim to this naturally occurring, yet harmful gas, here is what you can do.
1) Confirm There Is A Problem
Levels of radon do fluctuate in your home, so most experts recommend testing at least twice before starting any work on your home. Many companies that manufacture indoor air quality products advocate continuous monitoring of Radon.
2) Hire A Professional
Because some home’s Radon problems are so bad, a radon mitigation might need to be installed. That’s why the EPA recommends you pass on the DIY project and hire a qualified radon mitigation contractor to fix your home.
The 3rd and final step is for the mitigation specialist to retest your home once your new system is installed. However, you will want to continue to test your home periodically throughout the year.
Some of these tasks include sealing cracks in the foundation, improving the home’s natural ventilation, and creating room pressurization with fans.
The radon mitigation system consists of a vet pipe, fan and sealing of cracks. The system effectively collects radon underneath your home, channels it through it’s vent to the outside of your home.
Radon Mitigation & Testing Laws
North Carolina has very few regulations regarding radon in homes, schools, and buildings. There are zero rules regarding who can test or mitigate radon or what type of system must be used to remove radon. Surprisingly, the only law that NC has for Radon is that during a real estate transaction, the seller must disclose to a potential buyer if the home has been tested and found high levels of radon.
For more detailed information, visit the Environmental Law Institute website.
Additionally, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) lists rules on their site regarding radon-resistant new construction (RRNC) that states must abide by.
Types of Radon Regulations:
1. Real Estate Disclosure: This type of regulation requires sellers to disclose high levels of radon during a real estate transaction, usually on a prescribed form. This is the only type of radon regulation in NC.
States with General Statutes Requiring (31): AK, CA, CO, CT, DE, DC, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, ME, MD, MI, MN, MS, MT, NE, NY, NJ, NY, NC, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TX, WI
2. Landlords Must Test and/or Disclose Radon Levels to Tenants(2): IL, ME
3. Certification Requirements: This type of regulation requires that individuals take and pass a nationally recognized proficiency exam on radon testing and/or radon mitigation in order to be able to operate in the state. Some states have additional state requirements.
States with General Statute Requiring (21): CA, CT, DC, FL, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, ME, MD, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, UT, VA, WV
4. Reporting Requirements: This type of regulation requires radon mitigators (and sometimes radon testers) to report the location of all radon mitigation systems (or tests) installed or conducted in the state to the designated state office.
States with General Statutes Requiring (4): IL, IA, KS, NY
5. School Testing: This type of regulation requires some level of testing of schools.
States with General Statutes Requiring (9): CO (all schools, every 5 years), CT, FL (in designated counties), IA (requires DOE to notify districts of risk and state will provide supplemental aid to test, mitigate), IL (recommended every 5 years and mitigation if over 4 pCi/L), MN (encourages), MS, RI (during renovations over $500,000), VA (all buildings)
6. Testing of Day Care Centers and/or Residential Child Care Facilities and/or Foster Homes:
States with General Statutes Requiring (8): CT (and must mitigate if over 4 pCi/L), FL, IA (and must mitigate if over 4 pCi/L), ID, MD, MI, NJ, RI (and must mitigate if over 4 pCi/L).
7. Radon-Resistant New Construction (RRNC): This type of regulation requires that building codes include RRNC techniques for all/some counties or in some/all buildings.
States with General Statutes Requiring (12): CA (at risk areas), CT (in schools in high risk areas), FL (standard that may be adopted for local jurisdictions for both residential and commercial buildings), IL (required for all residential and recommended for all schools), ME (all residential), MD (residential in Zone 1 counties), MA (residential Zone 1), MI (residential Zone 1), MN (all residential), NJ (residential and schools in designated areas), OR (residential, public, and commercial buildings in 7 designated counties), RI (schools).
8. Periodic Inspections by Designated Representative for State (2): IA, NH
About The Fresh Air Companies
If you are looking for stellar radon mitigation services in Charlotte, NC, The Fresh Air Companies’ experts certainly fit the bill. We devote as much as time as is necessary to complete radon mitigation in your Charlotte, North Carolina home. Just be sure to call us for your free estimate. Our expert team is eager to help you as they have with their clients since being in business. Contact us today to get prompt radon mitigation services.
Fresh Air Technologies has been helping Charlotte area homeowners solve their radon issues for over 16 years. Jay Lanzy, Principal Owner of FATech, was trained as an Environmental Geologist with over 20 years of environmental consulting experience. Every radon mitigation project is carefully planned with written protocols prepared for every job. The health and safety of the homes’ occupants are of utmost importance to us.