KES Radon puts our fees for services openly online to take away any misgivings you may have while shopping for services to make your family or building occupants safe. Other RADON companies will make you work hard to find them or make you call and talk to some salesperson to find out what their fees are; and then will usually have a weedle clause included somewhere so they can charge you more (to be sure, there are always mitigating circumstances but they are no mystery to the true professionals). Moreover, other RADON companies will always charge what the unsuspecting market will bear, not what the service is actually worth. Our publication of OUR fees keeps the others honest.
We don't believe you should have to WORK HARD just to find out what you will be charged.
Testing for each structure will be conducted for 3 (and preferably 7) days followed by a two (2) week laboratory testing and reporting period. Total time to complete testing - three (3) weeks. (YOU CAN HAVE IT DONE FAST, OR YOU CAN HAVE IT DONE SAFELY AND CORRECTLY...your choice, your safety!)
Single Family Home ----------- $150 (with Valpak Coupon - $75)
Public Building ----------------- $154-$241
Schools & Universities -------- $289/bldg
*the reason for the "range" of cost is based solely on the number of testing canisters needed to perform testing. More canisters mean more (higher) canister/laboratory fees and more time needed to set, document, and retrieve the canisters.
Mitigation costs are variable. A written report at the conclusion of testing will include options for mitigation (if mitigation is needed) and a written cost proposal along with recommendations for the type of mitigation best suited to your structure.
Single Family Home ------------------------------- $850 - $1,450
Public Buildings -------------------------------------- $2,800 - $6,500
Schools (per building) ----------------------------- $4,600 - $7,100
All installations include a follow-up site testing ($150 Value at No Charge) to make certain that the installation is performing as it is supposed to, insuring you and your family's safety.
*These prices "generally hold" for most structures.
**Not all structures are constructed alike; under special circumstances a basement may be finished or unfinished, or may be only a partial basement with bare, exposed ground. Should mitigation be required, the bare, exposed ground would need to be sealed and such an operation is material and labor intensive, substantially raising the cost of mitigation. In another application, the concrete floor of a basement may need to be drilled and cored; this, again is equipment and labor intensive adding additional cost to a mitigation. These are only two examples of how mitigation construction costs may vary from the above pricing structure.
You should receive a written report after testing which contains a cost estimate; read your cost estimate thoroughly for any deviations from the above cost structure.
On First Contact
EXPECT professionalism - always
When you first meet your RADON Inspector/Mitigator, he/she should greet you with a business card and an EPA pamphlet or other literature regarding RADON.
They should bring with them:
- Radon Test Kit
- Radon Inspection Form
- Clipboard and writing implements
- Measuring and Drawing tools
- Thoroughly inspect the dwelling
- Make a sketch of the basement with measurements
- Thoroughly inspect the exterior of the dwelling
- Make a sketch of the foundation type
- Identify where to place "2" RADON testing canisters
- Fill out the testing cards with date, time, and place of testing
- Place the canisters in opposite corners of the basement
- Canisters should be place appx. 24" above the floor and doors closed
- They should tell you to not disturb the basement for a minimum of 3-days
- They should give you the day and time you will be back to collect the test kit
- On the specified day at the specified time they should collect the sample canisters and give you a SIGNED receipt
You should receive a PROFESSIONAL Report of Testing after the laboratory analysis comes back. The report you are given should be well organized, well written, use a limited amount of jargon and acronyms, and contain at least the following:
- Cover Page
* Name and Signature of individual issuing report on cover
* Names of any other individuals
* Company logo, name, address, phone
- Letter of transmittal
* Letter should summarize dates of testing & results
* Letter should make recommendation for mitigation or not and why
- Table of Contents
- Geologic Setting
- Property Description
- Testing Information
* Dates of Test
* Type of Testing Media
* Name, phone number, and address of Laboratory
- Results of Test
- Evaluation of Radon Hazard
- Recommendation for Mitigation (or not) and why
- If Mitigation is recommended
* Which type of mitigation
* Complete proposal including all costs for installation of mitigation
- Drawings of area of testing showing placement of canisters
- Scaled or dimensioned site plan
Ask for a sample copy of our standard multi-page ASTM/EPA approved format Report!
The Mitigation should take no more than 2 days to install and get up and running. Your mitigator should:
- Arrive on time
- Have all tools and supplies required
- Provide you with identification and a drawn plan for installation
- Lay down drop cloths to protect the work area inside and out
- Proceed to install the mitigation system without interruption
- The installed mitigation system should be weather tight from inside to outside
* direction arrows shall be displayed on mitigation piping to indicate air flow direction
* a manometer shall be installed below the in-line blower and inside the dwelling to indicate system performance
* a label shall be placed on the electrical breaker providing power to the blower
* a clear plastic protector shall be placed over a legible performance scale to indicate proper operation of the mitigation by reading the manometer
* Blower shall be mounted on the OUTSIDE of the dwelling unit when possible but may be mounted inside when required by local conditions
* The exit stack shall rise ABOVE the roofline and not be tucked under the roof eave
- Installation report shall be delivered to owner
Mixed materials in piping are not desirable and not optimal and show a certain degree of cheap shortcutting. Get what you pay for!
The job is not over yet!
After several days of operating your mitigator should come back to inspect the installation for proper operation and make any adjustments necessary for free. You should receive your post installation report at this time.
After the mitigator has assured proper operation of your system, he/she should place a single testing canister for a short-duration 3-day test in a manner previously described.
Your report should contain a diagram drawing of the type of installation placed in/on your home and a statement that regular (at least annual) testing should be performed in the mitigated space to insure effective operation of your system and safety.
You should inspect the system manometer at least monthly to make certain it is operating optimally.