Mass RADON provides System Design and Radon Mitigation Services in homes, schools and commercial buildings.
We can also test for radon in the water of your home's well or water system.
Testing your home for Radon is a smart choice today and fixing Radon issues is simply the right thing to do for you and your family.
View the EPA's Radon Map for Massachusetts and the severity of the problem. If your considering purchasing a home, it is common sense to have it tested for Radon. With Mass RADON you can expect no less than full professionalism, education, competence, credentials, knowledge, and courtesy.
A Radon test is simple and fast, completed in 48 hours with results available within a few days. A radon system evaluation and price quote takes about 15 – 30 minutes and most system installations are completed in about 3-4 hours.
Please take the time to look through our web site. We've included a wealth of information which will help you better understand the dangers of Radon, Radon Facts and helpful free resources. We hope this information will be useful to you.
Mass RADON is your local Radon System Design and Mitigation Company. Dedicated to serving Western & Central Massachusetts with experienced Radon Mitigation Technology. Mass RADON uses only the latest in Radon Reduction techniques installed quickly and professionally to insure that the air you breathe and the water you drink is safe for you and your family.
Rick Galarneau is a Professional Radon Mitigator. Rick is a native of Western Massachusetts, and a U.S. Navy Viet Nam era veteran, and spent many years in the building trades in California in the 1970s.
Rick’s education includes a college degree in Radiographic Technology including Radiation Physics. Rick also trained at Rutgers University in Radon Gas mitigation, testing and mitigation system design.
Rick has owned his own Inspection / Radon mitigation business for over 13 years and is one the areas most sought after Radon professionals. Rick speaks regularly at Local Real Estate offices and first time home buyers seminars. He also teaches continuing education classes.
Rick is certified as a professional Radon Mitigator with the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) and is listed with the Massachusetts Board of Health, Radon Control Program.
"I am committed to giving the residents of western Massachusetts the very best service available and delivering it with professionalism and courtesy".
MassRadon and Rick Galarneau are committed to helping ease the worry of your home buying experience by using of the latest in Radon testing and Mitigation Technology. MassRADON provides a full range of Radon Services including radon in well water testing, radon in air and water mitigation systems.
Radon in your homes air is usually found during a real estate transaction. The prospective buyers often test for radon gas at the time of their home inspection. The USEPA recommends that homes with levels above 4.0 pCi/l be mitigated. Elevated radon levels are not a reason not to purchase a home that you otherwise like. Radon mitigation is a 1 day repair and is reasonably priced. Many simple systems cost around $1300.00 and the radon levels are guaranteed to be below the EPA action limit of 4.0 pCi/l. The radon fan carries a 5 year guarantee.
Many times the post mitigation result are less than 1.0 pCi/l. If your home has already been tested or you are considering testing it, call MassRADON today at: 413-737-0272. We also provide a free system evaluation and cost proposal if your results are high.
A Mitigation Professional from MassRADON is available to speak with your group, first time homebuyers program, and Realtor's Office, to discuss Radon Gas, testing procedures and mitigation techniques. Contact us for more information.
Radon comes from the natural breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water.
The release of this radioactive gas enters the air you breathe, causing a potential health risk to you and your family.
Radon gas can be found in just about anywhere. It can get into any type of building -- homes, offices, and schools -- and build up to high levels.
Radon is a cancer causing radioactive gas.
You cannot see radon and you cannot smell it or taste it, but it may be a problem in your home. This is because when you breathe air-containing radon, you increase your risk of getting lung cancer. In fact, the Surgeon General has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer.
You should test for radon.
Testing is the only way to find out about your home's radon level. The EPA and the Surgeon General recommend testing of all homes below the third floor for radon.
You can fix a radon problem.
If you find that you have high radon levels, there are ways to fix a radon problem. Even very high levels can be reduced to acceptable levels.
If you are buying a home.
The EPA recommends that you obtain the radon level in the home you are considering buying. An EPA publication "The Home Buyer's and Seller's Guide" is available through most State Health Departments or Regional EPA offices listed in your local phone book. EPA also recommends that you use a certified or state licensed radon tester to perform the test. If elevated levels are found it is recommended that these levels be reduced. In most cases, a professional can accomplish this at reasonable cost or homeowner installed mitigation system that adheres to the EPA's approved methods for reduction of radon in a residential structure.
The EPA, Surgeon General and The Center for Disease Control, have all agreed that continued exposure to Radon gas can cause lung cancer.
In fact, there position on the matter is that all homes should be tested for radon gas exposure, and all homes testing over 4 pCi/L should be fixed.
Typically the air pressure inside your home is lower than the pressure in the soil around your home's foundation.
Due to this difference, your house acts like a vacuum, drawing radon gas in through foundation cracks and other openings of your home.
Radon may also be present in well water and can be released into the air in your home when water is used for showering and other household uses.
1. Cavities inside walls
2. Cracks in solid floors
3. Construction joints
4. Cracks in walls
5. The water supply
6. Gaps in suspended floors
7. Gaps around service pipes
It seems as if there are constant alerts warning us of yet another health hazard. Is radon really a risk to your family's health? Should elevated radon levels be reduced to protect your family and your investment? According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and a number of scientific studies, the answer to both questions is yes. For more details on radon, see Radon Information.
Protect your potential sale. By obtaining advance knowledge of your home's radon levels, you avoid surprises. You can rest easy if radon is below the USEPA's recommended action level (below 4.0 picocuries per liter). You can choose to take action if the radon is above the USEPA action level, thereby eliminating radon as an issue during the sale of your home.
Protect your family. Elevated levels of radon in a home have been determined to be a major health hazard. However, radon can easily be treated by a qualified radon professional with proper radon insurance coverage and transferable guarantees.
Protect your investment. For most of us, our homes are our biggest investments. Just as maintenance and improvements protect the value of our home, so does the elimination of radon. Replacing an old, leaky roof adds value to your home. Putting in a radon reduction system, installed and guaranteed by Aaron Associates also adds value. In fact, many builders have found that it makes sense to have a radon system installed during construction.
If you have already tested for radon and the level is above 4.0 picocuries per liter and/or your waterborne radon level is above 4,000 pCi/L, contact us to schedule a free evaluation and cost proposal of a Radon Mitigation System.
Mass Radon Technologies installs Active Soil Depressurization systems, which are the only systems approved by the USEPA for radon reduction.
System locations used to reduce radon vary depending on the construction of the home.
This technique prevents radon from entering your home.
For example, soil suction prevents radon from entering your home by drawing radon from below the house and venting it through a pipe to the air above the house where it is quickly diluted.
Mitigation to an existing home usually costs between between $900 and $1400, with an average of about $1,200.
For more information on mitigation techniques used, consult EPA's Consumer's Guide to Radon Reduction
Most radon systems are installed in under 4 hours with a minimum of disruption and are operational the same day.
Based on a national residential radon survey completed in 1991, the average indoor radon level is 1.3 picocuries per liter (pCi/L) in the United States. The average outdoor level is about 0.4 pCi/L.
In Western Massachusetts radon levels have been found to be in the 80s pCi/L in some homes, most of the homes that we are called on run between 5 and 15 pCi/L before mitigation.
There is no debate about radon being a lung carcinogen in humans. All major national and international organizations that have examined the health risks of radon agree that it is a lung carcinogen. The scientific community continues to conduct research to refine our understanding of the precise number of deaths attributable to radon. The National Academy of Sciences BEIR VI Report has estimated that radon causes about 15,000 to 22,000 lung cancer deaths annually based on their two-preferred models.
A few scientists have questioned whether low radon levels, such as those found in residences, increase the risk of lung cancer because some small studies of radon and lung cancer in residences have produced varied results. Some have shown a relationship between radon and lung cancer, some have not. However, the national and international scientific communities are in agreement that all of these residential studies have been too small to provide conclusive information about radon health risks. Major scientific organizations continue to believe that approximately 12% of lung cancers annually in the United States are attributable to radon.
The World Health Organization (WHO), the National Academy of Sciences, the US Department of Health and Human Services, as well as EPA, have classified radon as a known human carcinogen, because of the wealth of biological and epidemiological evidence and data showing the connection between exposure to radon and lung cancer in humans.
There have been many studies conducted by many different organizations in many nations around the world to examine the relationship of radon exposure and human lung cancer. The largest and most recent of these was an international study, led by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), which examined the data on 68,000 underground miners who were exposed to a wide range of radon levels. The studies of miners are very useful because the subjects are humans, not rats, as in many cancer research studies. These miners are dying of lung cancer at 5 times the rate expected for the general population. Over many years scientists around the world have conducted exhaustive research to verify the cause-effect relationship between radon exposure and the observed increased lung cancer deaths in these miners and to eliminate other possible causes.
In addition, there is an overlap between radon exposures received by miners who got lung cancer and the exposures people would receive over their lifetime in a home at EPA's action level of 4 pCi/L, i.e., there are no large extrapolations involved in estimating radon risks in homes.
A. A home inspection is an important step in the home buying process.
Professionally trained home inspectors assist in maintaining the health of your home and a property inspection makes home maintenance easy by catching minor problems before they become big projects.
In just a few hours you'll have a detailed report of the condition of your home so that you can plan for needed repairs and upgrades when it's time to make them. When purchasing a home, many homebuyers have saved literally thousands of dollars through information provided by the home inspector. Homeowners who have owned their homes for several years can even benefit from a home inspector's knowledge of maintenance and repairs, and experience to avert potential problems. Many independent and nonprofit organizations exist to promote ethical practice and professional standards throughout the home inspection industry.
We don't print our reports on site, so the inspector has a chance to think about the words used to document the defects observed.
A. When buying a new home, new construction home or a pre-owned home, you need an inspection for your peace of mind. Sellers also benefit from home inspections by knowing the condition of their home before listing. They are spared the embarrassment of the buyer's home inspector finding major defects with their home that they were not aware of and possibly will hold up the real estate transaction. If your new home still has a home warranty through a builder it is smart to have a home inspection before it expires.
A. Home Inspectors have the training, experience and competence that comes with being in the industry and inspecting hundreds of homes. We know what to look for and what to look at. Considering the average home, there are literally hundreds items that should be inspected.
While you or someone you may know can examine the home and roughly determine the overall condition of it, inspectors inspect homes daily, each and every week throughout the year and know exactly what to look for in a home. We detect minor/major flaws, defects in workmanship, improper installation and construction parameters and unsafe conditions that the general public would miss.
A. The industry is full of inspectors who neither have the training, experience or qualifications to qualify as a home inspector. A professional knows what to look for and reports the condition to their clients in a detailed report outlining the condition of the home and provides insight to the buyer regarding the actual condition of all the items in the home, so the buyer can make an informed buying decision.
A. The cost of your inspection depends on the number of bedrooms, age, and number of fixed AC units that serve the home. Testing for radon and termite inspections are additional.
A. Every home is different depending on the number of defects observed, but the average time is 2 to 3 hours to inspect the entire property.
A. A completed inspection report is about 15-20 pages including graphics and based upon the state of the home inspected, the more things found in the home that are deficient, the more the report contains.
A. Yes, if it is possible, you should be there at the home inspection. We recommend that you be present at your home inspection so that you can ask your inspector any questions and see first hand any areas needing maintenance or repair.
A. Yes, feel free to call anytime.