How Much Does A Utah Radon Mitigation System Cost?
Radon Cost – More and more homeowners are reading about how radon gas causes lung cancer. Therefore, they do a radon test and discover that their house has unsafe radon levels. So to keep their family safe, they want to install a good radon removal system but most homeowners are not educated about different radon removal systems, often called radon mitigation systems. They don‘t know the difference between a good radon system and a weak, poorly installed radon system. Clearly, all radon mitigation systems are not the same.
For an average size home, most Utah radon companies are fairly close in price, with a standard radon system and installation costing between $1,600 and $2,000. What makes the big difference is the quality and appearance of our installations, the quietness of our systems, our warranties, and our post-installation low maximum radon level guarantee.
On most homes, we can give a bid over the phone. However, some homes have structural complexities that add to the difficulty of the installation and therefore add to the price. In addition, we are also always happy to come to your home to do an in-person inspection at no charge, plus answer your questions and give a free bid. Normally this appointment only lasts about a half-hour. We are happy to take more time if needed.
Different Kind of Radon Systems:
Interior Radon Systems:
This is our most popular kind of installation with more than 50% of the homes we fix choosing this option. First, an interior system requires us to core drill through the lowest concrete floor slab in the home, in a location not very visible like in a mechanical room, storage room, or even in the back of a lowest-level closet. Second, we then install either a 3 inch or 4 inch PVC pipe (depending on your home’s needs) and run this piping from the lowest level where we drilled the core hole up to the roof, through the inside of your home.
The goal with all of our radon system installations is to hide them as much as possible. In other words, keeping the piping inside the home, we can sometimes run it through a mechanical chase, or through the garage, or through the back of a closet up into the attic. The radon system fan is installed in the attic and exhausts up through the roof with a single pipe and special roof vent that we also include. In most Utah homes these installations usually average a total cost of between $1,600 and $2,000.
Exterior Radon Systems:
Sometimes there just isn’t a well-hidden route possible to run the radon piping inside the home from the lowest slab’s core hole up through the roof. Therefore, this is where an exterior radon system can very effectively be used. These systems start the same as an interior system by drilling through the lowest slab, but they then transition to the outside of the home right above ground level. If possible, this will always be on the side or back of the home away from view or any higher use areas like patios or entryways.
The radon fan for an exterior system is the size of a basketball and is installed onto the outside pipe just a foot or two above the ground. It can easily be hidden by a bush. Above the fan, we transition the pipe most often to an aluminum downspout to match the home’s current rain gutters. For instance, we run the downspout up and over the eve of the roof to vent the radon gasses. At no extra cost, we can often also paint this downspout to blend it in with the existing color of the home. Plan on an exterior radon system costing about the same as an interior radon system of around $1,600 – $2,000.
Crawl Space Radon Mitigation Systems:
We are very familiar with homes with crawl spaces and the installation of radon systems into these homes. We do these systems almost every day. Crawl spaces on homes do add another layer of complexity to any radon system installation. Most crawl spaces need to be personally seen by us to determine the exact price. But a general rule of thumb with homes with crawl spaces is that the total cost will be the price of a normal radon system plus approximately $2.00 to $3.00 more per square foot of the crawlspace, depending on the following factors.
The cost of a crawl space radon mitigation system depends on:
- The footprint size of the crawl space is the largest factor in pricing.
- Crawl space height from floor to the trusses above/HVAC piping above. We need a minimum of 24” for our workers to be able to crawl around and work in the crawl space. The more the headroom, the easier, quicker, and less expensive it will be for labor costs.
- The condition of the crawl space, for the workers to get around. Also, is the space covered in clean dirt or gravel on the ground or is it filled with construction debris and rocks needing to first be removed by us?
- Dead cats or raccoons found in the crawl space tend to increase the price of the bid a little bit.
Other factors that may increase the cost of a radon system:
- Large homes – If the home’s footprint is over 2,000 square feet, it may require additional radon suction pits or even multiple mitigation systems. This depends on how high the radon level is and whether the basement is finished or not finished. With a large home, there are many other variables to take into consideration, therefore, it is almost always required that we go to the home and inspect it before we will be able to give an exact estimate of the installation cost.
- Sub slab ducting – If a home’s cement slab has sub-slab ducting running through it, it can make mitigation difficult if it is not well sealed. Let us know during the bid request if you know that you have sub-slab ducts so that we can review this issue with you. The worst-case scenario may mean paying a company to seal the sub-slab vents which may cost many thousands of dollars.
- Radiant floor heating – Lines running through the cement of a slab will often add cost to installing a radon system. We need to use FLIR cameras to try to see the piping through the concrete to miss these pipes while drilling. If we do hit a pipe, don’t worry. We will fix it but it will add around $400 to the cost. You will also be responsible for replacing any radiant liquid that was lost.
- Exotic materials – Some homes will have copper gutter downspouts on the outside of their homes. We have installed a copper downspout onto such homes for their radon systems. Plan on around $600 extra for our adding one copper downspout to your home.
In the end, installing a radon system in your home is about health, safety, and peace of mind. Our goal is to make this process as easy as possible. Getting pricing from us is straight forward and can often be done right over the phone. Please contact us at 801-871-0715 to get your bid now.
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