Licensed Radon Mitigation in Pennsylvania
Mold Medics are licensed radon mitigation specialists, who help to protect homeowners by mitigating radon gas and reducing it to acceptable levels. Providing professional radon mitigation system installation of sub-slab depressurization radon mitigation systems. Our certified radon mitigation contractors follow EPA & Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) standards. We offer radon testing & radon mitigation services. Our staff also have up-to-date DEP-issued photo identification cards.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) action level for Radon is 4 pCi/L and has been the national standard since 1988. The EPA labels all levels of Radon from 4 pCi/L & above as “Fix Your Home” advising to look into radon mitigation services. Even if your home is above 2pCi/L, radon mitigation might be a wise decision. As of 2009, the World Health Organization (WHO) set its threshold for radon mitigation at 2.7pCi/L. So when the need arises to “Fix your home”, Mold Medics is your local licensed radon mitigation contractor who’ll get the job done right.
How does radon get into your home?
Radon, a radioactive gas, is a potential problem in any home. It naturally comes from the decay of uranium in the soil. Since radon enters your home from the soil beneath it, a problem can arise no matter what style, age, location, or building materials of your home. The average radon levels in each state can be drastically different as well due to things like terrain, uranium content in the soil, and how porous surface rock formations are.
When entering your home, the highest level of concentration is normally found on the lowest level of your home. It enters as a gas through cracks in the floor, walls, foundation, hollow block walls, and sump pumps. Basements with no visible signs of cracks or openings also can have radon because radon can move easily through all gas-permeable materials.
Your Neighbors Radon Level Isn't Your Own
In early 2022, we were curious if there was any credence to people who say “my neighbor recently test so I’m fine” or “my neighbor has a radon mitigation system, so it’s lowering my radon levels too”. So we embarked on a mission to assess the radon levels in multiple homes situated on the same street in Valencia, PA. These houses, built simultaneously using identical construction methods and builders, presented a unique opportunity to study the variability of radon levels.
What we discovered was startling. Out of the five homes we tested, four exceeded the radon action level. The readings ranged from 4.1 pCi/L to an alarming 15.9 pCi/L. The home with the lowest level, of 2.6 pCi/L, had a radon mitigation system installed and was located in the middle of the neighborhood. Clearly not helping to lower the other homes’ levels. This study serves as a stark reminder that radon issues can vary drastically even among homes with a similar construction in close proximity and the importance of performing annual radon testing of your home.
The risk of cancer from radon exposure for non-smokers is equal to…*
Why do I need radon mitigation services?
For starters, you only need radon mitigation services when your home’s radon levels are getting too high. As stated previously, the EPA action level is 4 pCi/L ¹ and the WHO set theirs to 2.7 pCi/L ². If radon levels remain at those high levels, they can start to pose serious health-related issues.
According to both the National Cancer Institute (NCI) ³ & the EPA ³, radon causes lung cancer in smokers and non-smokers alike. Radon represents a far smaller risk for lung cancer than Smoking, but it’s still the second leading cause in the United States. Scientists estimate that 15,000 to 22,000 lung cancer deaths in the United States each year are related to radon.
For smokers, long-term radon exposure dramatically increases their risk of developing lung cancer. Fortunately, there’s an easy way for homeowners to protect themselves and their families: have a professional radon tester check your home every five years. And when you discover your levels are high, work with a licensed radon mitigation specialist to reduce them down to safer levels. Don’t wait; take preventative measures against these potential ill effects with our radon mitigation services today!
Radon Mitigation System Installations
Mold Medics is a licensed radon mitigation contractor, and certified by the DEP to install sub-slab depressurization radon mitigation systems into your home! This radon mitigation system uses PVC piping which runs from the sub-slab radon collection point to the fan that is mounted on the exterior of your home. By creating a negative pressure under your home, it forms a radon collection point that is continually vented by the system. Radon gas is expelled from your home through the exterior stack that extends past your roof line. You can learn more about the process by looking at our Step by Step Infographic!
Interactive Average Radon Levels Map
*All data used for this map and on this page was collected from Air Check, the US EPA, the PA DEP, and various other health departments.
Don’t see your county? Try using this PA DEP Zip Reporter to learn the average of your area!
Schedule Radon Mitigation & Testing Services With Our Experts
Don’t know if your home needs radon mitigation? According to the DEP, Pennsylvania has one of the most serious radon problems in the United States. On average 4 out of 10 houses in Pennsylvania have very high levels of Radon. It’s easy to be caught unaware by your home’s Radon levels, so it’s important to get your home regularly checked by certified professionals.
It’s also highly recommended to perform retests after any major home renovation, especially if they involve structural changes or foundation repairs. This also could include finishing your basement or adjustments to your HVAC system. This is so that you don’t get caught unaware by an increase in your radon levels.
You can learn more about how radon levels are measured & tested, and our radon testing services, by clicking the button below! We’d also recommend looking at our Interactive Average Radon Levels Map to learn the average radon levels in your county.