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What You Should Know About Radon

What is radon?

Radon is a colorless, odorless, naturally occurring, radioactive gas.

What risk does radon pose?

Radon poses major health risks by damaging the cells that line your lungs, including lung cancer, to anyone exposed to it. It’s the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers. 

On average, Minnesota homes have the fourth-highest radon levels in the country.

How do I know if my house has radon?

Doing a radon test is the only way to find out the radon levels in your home.

How many radon tests do I need?

Determine if your home has more than one ground contact floor.

An additional test will be required for each ground contact floor or if the foundation is over 2,000 square feet.

Examples: crawl space, basement, 4-level split, slab on grade, additions.

Which levels of your home to test for radon.
Test these areas of your home for radon.

Select a radon testing option

  1. Professional radon test for $235 (within an hour of  Minneapolis, MN) (+$70 for each additional test)
  2. Order a DIY option from our website to be shipped to your door.
    1. Airchek test kit
    2. Alpha Track Long Term Radon Test
    3. Home Digital Radon Monitor

What do your radon test results mean?

We know the numbers can be confusing. An easy way to put your radon levels into perspective is to relate them to smoking. 

Let’s say you’re like the average Minnesotan and your radon test comes back at 4.5 pCi/L. That’s the equivalent to smoking about 9 cigarettes each day. 

You simply take whatever your radon level is and double it to relate it to smoking. 

If your test result is 4.0 pCi/L or greater

The EPA strongly recommends fixing your home if test results indicate occupants may be exposed to radon concentrations that meet or exceed the EPA action level of 4.0 pCi/L.

If the test results are between 2.0 and 3.9 pCi/L

The EPA says you should consider fixing your home if the test results indicate radon levels in this range.

Test results under 2.0 pCi/L

Retest every 5 years if no mitigation system is installed and no significant changes are made to the home.

Radon mitigation and what to look for in a quality mitigation system.

At American Radon Mitigation we treat your family and your home as if it were our own. Our goal is to get your radon levels down to the levels you would find outside. On average, the customers we serve see radon levels drop to 0.4 pCi/L after mitigation.

The list below are items that our team of experts is trained to do properly but that we have found are often missed with low-cost installs that leave your family’s health and safety at risk.

  • Electrical code followed
  • Homes structure maintained
  • Fire collars properly installed
  • Natural draft appliances checked for back-draft
  • Radon fan location and venting meet code
  • Full pressure field extension ensure maximum radon reduction
  • Radon mitigation vent pipe insulated in unconditioned spaces
  • Quality materials and fasteners used
  • Areas open to soil sealed
  • Proper fan size is installed

Also, be sure to check references and reviews of any companies you plan to work with. 

Feel free to take a look at our reviews from Google, Facebook, and Yelp

Have questions? Want to schedule a professional test or free mitigation estimate?

Contact us at 612-790-2928

Additional Information:

This video will provide more information on what a low-cost mitigation system looks like. Please forgive the poor quality of the video.

This video will provide more information on what radon mitigation looks like with American Radon Mitigation.