Buying a house is without a doubt one of the biggest decisions and financial investments in most people’s lives. This means that it is something that people have to really be careful about. If they buy a house there is a good chance that they intend to live in that house for years and years to come either alone, with a friends or a lover or even their family. If you are in the market to buy a house, you want to make sure that whatever you end up getting is going to continue to be a great decision for your family from year to year and you are not going to end up regretting anything down the line.
While no one can protect themselves against everything and every possibility that is out there, there are at least a few things that can be done in order to try and prevent as much damage as humanly possible. One of the main things that people can do in order to at least try and make sure that nothing terrible comes their way is to make sure to and do your research before you get yourself too far into anything. There is a lot of research that needs to go into buying anything , much less buying a whole house. I know it can seem rather overwhelming to try and think of every little thing that needs to be done and then of course to actually do them is another whole level of difficulty. Despite all of this build up, it is important that you try to make a list of all of the different things that need to be done and try to follow the list.
One of the most important things that anyone buying a new home should make sure to check out is that the home doesn’t have any kind of mold or other natural problems that are festering in the home. There are all different sort of toxins that can build up in the home either from questionanable sources that need to be addressed all in their own all of the way to simple, naturally occurring problems such as radon in the soil. Even natural things like radon can end up doing a lot of harm to both your property and the health of you and your family.
Thankfully most of these things are fairly easy to take care of or at least be checked for. If you are not sure when the last time that the property was checked for radon it is a good idea to have a radon remediation company come out and check out the property really quickly. Most of the time radon mitigation companies like SWAT Radon Denver can check out a place pretty quickly and tell you if you are going to need any radon remediation around the house or if the land that the house on is safe. Then all of the sudden you at least have your radon mitigation taken care of and you can find a company to check for molds or other kinds of problems that you would be very unhappy to discover later in your new home.
So you just found out that the radon levels in your house are higher than they should be. But what does that really mean and how are you supposed to react? First, let us take a look at what radon is. Radon is a gas that is radioactive, colorless, orderless, and tasteless. You are lucky that you realized the levels were high in your house because it is second largest contributor to lung cancer in the world. The only other cause with more deaths is smoking. Having high radon levels in your house is very dangerous.
Now that you know you have a radon problem, however, you can begin radon mitigation. You will need to select a radon mitigation contractor. This is very important and you should make sure you do your research before selecting the contractor you plan to work with. Here are a number of things that you will need to keep in mind as you progress through this process.
Learn About State Regulations
You should take time to contact your State Radon Program to get as much information about the regulations in your state. This is important. Every state is different. One of the things they can provide you with is a list of certified contractors.
Contact the American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists or National Radon Safety Board
These are two privately operated companies that can provide lists regarding certified contractors to perform your radon mitigation services. You can call them or use their websites. Here is the information for each.
American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists
Phone – 800-269-4174
Website – www.nrpp.info
National Radon Safety Board
Phone – 866-329-3474
Website – www.nrsb.org
State and National Certifications
There are many training courses that radon removal contractors can go through, as well as certifications to prove they are capable of providing quality service. Make sure that the contractor you are considering has some sort of certification –either state or national.
Ask for References
Definitely ask the contractor you are communicating with to provide references or testimonials. This is a serious issue and you want the best company to take care of it. If the contractor cannot provide you with any references or the ones he does provide seem suspect, then consider finding someone else to work with.
Ask for Proof of Insurance
Requesting proof of insurance is completely acceptable and your contractor should anticipate this request. In fact, they may offer to provide it up front. This would include information about workers’ compensation. If this cannot be provided, do not agree to any kind of contract.
As with any agreement, it is important that you take time to review the contract the radon mitigation contractor you have decided on provides. Do not neglect this. If you have questions, make sure to have them cleared up quickly.
If you live in Colorado, consider contacting MTN, Inc., a reliable and certified full service radon mitigation and environmental remediation contractor. They offer a number of services and will be able to help you with your radon reduction. Visit their website for more information about their company or call 866-866-6424 today to set up your free consultation.