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Mass RADON provides System Design and Radon Mitigation Services in homes and commercial buildings.
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.
John Dicken is certified as a professional Radon Mitigator: NRPP certification #109151 and a member in good standing of AARST 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 is committed to ease the worry of your home buying experience by using the latest in Radon Mitigation Technology. MassRADON provides full range Radon Mitigation Services, including 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 is not a reason not to purchase a home that you like. Radon mitigation is a 1 day repair and is very reasonably priced. Radon levels after mitigation are guaranteed to be below the EPA recommendations. 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, 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. Systems will range in price from a simple installation to a complex installation. There is no set given price for every home or property since the majority of them are unique! Mass Radon prefers to visit the property for a quick and free evaluation before giving a quote. By doing this, we can give you a more accurate quote for what it will cost instead of just a guesstimate over the phone like other companies do. Phone quotes that are given out from other companies are typically for a basic installation and could or will carry extra charges for anything else. How could they know ALL of the potential issues without visiting the property? Wouldn't you prefer to know what those charges are going to be up front, before you sign a contract and have someone there to do the work?
Always compare Apples to Apples on quotes from different companies.
Mass Radon will include electric power to the radon fan by a LICENSED electrician. It is illegal for a “radon guy” to wire the radon fan! This can easily be verified by any town’s wiring inspector. Ask any other companies providing you a quote “who is doing the electric power?” What they probably will not tell you is, you should hire an electrician to bring it up to code. You as the homeowner are responsible! Consider this additional expense when comparing quotes or estimates.
A. YES Mass Radon will provide a written contract before any work begins. This allows the customer a chance to review it and know exactly what’s included with the system to be installed. Mass Radon doesn’t fool around with phony discounts and/or hiding potential extra charges in the fine print. Mass Radon will also include a copy of our insurance with every quote so there’s no need to ask for it.
As per Massachusetts code, All contractors, partnerships, and corporations that solicit, bid on, or perform residential contracting as a contractor or subcontractor on an existing one to four unit owner occupied residential property in Massachusetts must be registered as a Home Improvement Contractor (HIC).
A. DIY kits are accurate to a degree but a professional continuous monitor machine which has been regularly calibrated and used by a professional certified tester is the most accurate.
A. DIY kits need to be placed and activated for a minimum of 48 hours, (48-96 hour exposure time) then sent to a lab to be analyzed, the results are typically emailed back, posted online or sent back in the mail. Typically 3-7 days from beginning the test, but it must be mailed quickly. Mass Radon provides a prepaid mailer for every post mitigation test to make it quick and simple. Some companies will just provide the test kit. Mass Radon does not do any testing in order to avoid any conflicts of interest.
DIY kits need to be placed and activated for a minimum of 48 hours, (48-96 hour exposure time) then sent to a lab to be analyzed, the results are typically emailed back, posted online or sent back in the mail. Typically 3-7 days from beginning the test, but it must be mailed quickly. Mass Radon provides a prepaid mailer for every post mitigation test to make it quick and simple. Some companies will just provide the test kit. Mass Radon does not do any testing in order to avoid any conflicts of interest.
A professional certified tester using a continuous monitor should be able to provide the results immediately after testing is completed.
A. Sealing alone will not typically work. We have tried this on marginal properties in the 3.5 - 4.3 pCi/L range because of customer’s requests and it has never been successful. BUT, sealing the cracks and holes are part of a successful radon mitigation system. Mass Radon will seal as much as we have access to, unlike some others which will only seal up to 10ft away from the suction point. Why leave ANYTHING “on the table”?
A. The EPA suggests taking action to mitigate at 4.0 pCi/L and recommends it at 2.0 pCi/L and above. Actually any elevated reading after testing at or above 1.5 pCi/L should warrant concern as levels fluctuate throughout the day and especially change when there are colder tempetures outside.
A. Mass Radon routinely completes installations within 2-4 hours on residential properties. The total amount of time will certainly depend on the property being installed, conditions, options and/or preferences of the owner.
Mass Radon can also give you a fairly accurate estimate on how long it will take because we actually evaluated the property during the quote process. Every house is unique and so are the preferences of the customers we work with. Some installations are simple and direct while others can be more involved and more complex.
A. Many home inspectors are certified to do radon testing but many are not. It is recommended to use a certified radon tester since they will have the education to do it properly.
A. False, The age of the home will have nothing to do with concentrations of radon! Although many new homes are constructed using RRNC (Radon Resistant New Construction) protocols, this does not equal every new home will have lower concentrations. If done properly, these protocols are designed to reduce concentrations of radon in the home. The home should still be tested.
A. False, This is just plain False!
A. Yes, Private well water should be properly tested for radon.
A. The key word in this question is TYPICAL. Mass Radon has many radon fans in service today which are over 10 years old and going strong.
The industry standard is a manufacturer warranty of 5 years.
A. Typically testing in winter will show a higher test result. It's also much easier to keep the closed house conditions which are part of an accurate air radon test. But, the most accurate test is a long term test which lasts 90+ days. The longer test will give a more accurate AVERAGE level under normal living conditions in the property.
A. The only way to know for sure is to test! You could be the only house in the neighborhood without radon, even if the majority of others have tested high. On the other hand, you could also be the only one on your block which tests high.
A. Yes, EVERY home should be tested. Including properties with mitigation systems installed.
A. MA is an unregulated state when it comes to radon. In MA you are not required by law to test before putting a home on the market. It is recommended since the majority of buyers will have it tested before purchasing. Higher levels could potentially block the deal.
A. This depends on the property. A professional certified radon tester will evaluate the home for proper testing protocol. Follow the directions provided with any DIY test kit.
A. It is recommended to test at least every 2 years.
A. In MA it is not necessary. But, some potential buyers may not have the knowledge or awareness that high radon levels can be mitigated and the systems work. It could be better to know in advance rather than dealing with it when time becomes a factor. Your real estate agent can advise you on this.
A. It is not required in MA.
A. It is not a legal requirement in MA. Other states may have different requirements concerning this. Tenants can test the property on their own.
A. Yes, they will fluctuate all the time. A graph from a continuous monitor testing device will show fluctuations each hour.
A. Radon levels will begin decreasing immediately once a system is installed and the fan is operating. Mass Radon recommends starting a post mitigation test a minimum of 48 hours after a system has been installed. This allows time for the system to operate at its full maximum potential.
A. Typically yes, radon gas will dilute and decay as it reaches the upper floors if the source is concentrated from under the property. Other sources such as well water or building materials have the potential to increase upper floor radon levels.
A. DIY kits are accurate to a degree but a professional continuous monitor machine which has been regularly calibrated and used by a professional certified tester is the most accurate.
A. No. Test, Test, Test. The only way to know for sure about radon levels in a property is to test.
A. No, Mitigation Definition: the act of making a condition or consequence less severe. Mass Radon routinely sees post mitigation test results equal to the outside air average of 0.4 pCi/L but not every home’s conditions will allow this. Best results are achieved by having a certified professional mitigation company evaluate and install the best possible mitigation system for each individual property.
A. Yes, A radon fan needs to be running for the system to operate properly. A side benefit of the radon system is it will also pull moisture out. This could easily equal less running time of a more expensive to operate dehumidifier.
A. Yes, to a degree which is dependent upon the property. An ASD (Active Soil Depressurization) system will pull moisture from under the basement floor and vent it out of the house as humidity. This equals less running time of a dehumidifier which is certainly more expensive to run than a radon fan. It’s a nice side benefit of the system. An HRV (Heat Recovery Ventilation) system may not reduce moisture.
A. DFS technology, with 9 stages of filtration. Originally developed for the U.S. Military, DFS technology is the gold standard when it comes to protecting families from airborne allergens, gases and volatile organic compounds. Ultrafine particles are another indoor air hazard which can reduce blood flow and lead to cardiovascular disease. DFS captures 99.99% of ultrafine particles at .007 microns - 40 times more efficient than HEPA.
A. Yes, it is a known carcinogen.
A. In the lowest room which is POSSIBLE living space? Usually the basement even if it's not a finished space. Follow the directions carefully for a DIY test. A professional tester will always locate the best place to test.
A. Vacancy may simulate closed house conditions for longer periods of time. There typically will not be as much dilution factor as there is during normal living conditions.
A. Mass Radon only uses an aeration type system. No chemicals are used. Radon gas dissolves in water like carbonation in a soda. The aeration system does just that, it aerates the water which agitates it so the radon is released into the air inside a contained tank. The radon gas is then vented out of the building through pipe. Mass Radon only installs the Bubble Up Interactive systems made by R.E. Prescott, Exeter N.H.
Charcoal type filters for removing radon from water can become dangerous hazardous waste if not properly maintained.
A. Commercially available DIY radon test kits or have a professional certified radon tester come out and test your property.
A. Yes, Radon gas dissolves in water like carbon does in a soda.
A. Same as the air. At least every 2 years.
A. Yes, Mass Radon will accommodate customers that can only be available on weekends, typically on Saturdays by prior arrangement.