FAQ
Phone: 610 683 0820     E-mail: info@goldstarradon.com
What is Radon?

Radon is a colorless, odorless, tasteless, naturally occurring, radioactive noble gas that is formed from the decay of radium.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radon
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Are radon levels high in my area?

http://www.dep.state.pa.us/brp/Radon_Division/Radon_Homepage.htm
Follow the link, type in your zipde code, and hit review report
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What are the risks of radon?

“Exposure to Radon Causes Lung Cancer In Non-smokers and Smokers Alike” - http://www.epa.gov/radon/healthrisks.html
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How does radon get into my home?

Because radon is a gas, it can sneak into your home through the tiniest little cracks, cracks too small for you to see. Since radon comes from the soil and rocks in the ground, it usually gets into our homes through the basement or foundation — the part of your house that sits underground. Any little cracks in the foundation or basement floor and walls will let radon in, and so will leaks in seals around basement windows or sump holes, used to help get rid of water, in the basement floor.

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How is radon removed from my home?

In most cases, the use of a system with pipes and a fan is used to reduce radon. It is called a sub-slab depressurization system and does not require major changes to your home. See our Mitigation page for more information on a sub-slab depressurization system.
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How do I know if my radon test is valid?

Here is a link to the DEP's checklist to ensure a valid real estate radon test.
http://www.dep.state.pa.us/brp/Radon_Division/Real_Estate_Guide.htm
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How do I know if the mitigator is licensed?

Pennsylvania law requires persons performing radon services (testing, mitigation, and/or laboratory analysis) be certified by the DEP. Here is a link to verify a license.
http://www.dep.state.pa.us/brp/Radon_Division/Rn_Services_Directory/Directory_Mainpage.htm

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How do I know if my mitigation system is working?

Typically the fastest way is to check the liquid level on the manometer. The two columns of water should be at different heights. This ensures that the fan is working (the fan is the most common failure on a remediation system). Upon completion of a mitigation system, we hire Berks Realty Services to perform a short term radon test.(www.berksrealtyservices.com) If you are still concerned that the system has not dropped your radon levels below 4.0 pCi/L the DEP offers a confirmatory test (see below for details).

Post Mitigation Confirmatory Testing
If an active (fan-powered) radon mitigation system has been installed in your home, within the last year, you are entitled to receive a free, long-term radon test kit (Alpha Track Detector).

Send:
oProof of installation of system
oCopy of post-mitigation test result

to
DEP Bureau of Radiation Protection
P.O. Box 8469
Harrisburg, PA 17105-8467

or fax to Radon Division, (717) 783-8965

Please allow 6-8 weeks for processing.
http://www.dep.state.pa.us/brp/Radon_Division/Radon_Public.htm

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How much does it cost to run a mitigation system?












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Why do radon results differ?

It is expected that radon results will differ from one another. This is because radon levels themselves fluctuate. They can change due to the weather and house conditions. It is not uncommon to see levels fluctuate as much as doubling or being cut in half. Radon results tend to be higher in the winter due to the 'stack effect'. This is caused by heating the home. When the hot air rises it draws up more air from under the home causing more radon to enter the home.

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What is a passive radon system?

Passive radon systems are nothing more than a pipe in the floor of the basement that runs to the outside. Passive radon systems have never been proven to reduce the levels of radon. However, many builders like to sell thier buyers on having a radon system in place.  Without a fan the radon will still penetrate into the basement. Once a fan is installed the radon gets forced by suction into the pipe and is then ventied outside.
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If I sell my house will my warranty transfer to the home buyer?

All of our warranties are 100% transferable. The warranty is on the home rather than the home owner. The new buyer should educated on the system and any potential maintenance with the system.
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