Do It Yourself Radon
Mitigation Help

Installing a do it yourself radon mitigation system is not all that difficult. But without the proper knowledge or someone to coach you through the process, your odds of designing a top notch system will be limited. What I mean by this is a radon reduction of well below 4pCi/L, energy efficient, safe and designed to last a long time.

I have the information you need to install a radon mitigation system in your home that works. Do you know what is involved to install the radon vent pipe or the radon fan? Do you have sump basin in your basement? Is there a crawl space under all or part of your house?

Clicking on the links above will provide you with some good information. But if you still feel that you need some advice please read on to the bottom of this page. There you will find a contact form that will allow me to give you specific info based on your own situation.

I will follow up by providing PDFs that will help to better understand how this all works and what doesn't.

What's it going to cost? I do not charge for my consultations. I only ask that you consider buying the specialized radon equipment you'll need from my store. That's it...no surprises later and you will find my prices and shipping terms very competitive.

Just looking for mitigation equipment? See the DIY Radon Checklist.

Val,

I do want to thank you for all of your assistance and advice while I decided what needed to be done.  With a starting test result of 355.8 pCi/L, I was very concerned with the effect on the health of my family.  With your assistance the proper equipment was selected and after one day of work the system was up and running.  At your suggestion, I sealed all of the cracks and other floor slab penetrations to maximize the effectiveness of the exhaust system. 
 
I was very happy when the test results came back showing the radon levels have been reduced to 2.0 pCi/L.
 
I am very appreciative of your time, knowledge and genuine concern during the evaluation of my home and am very satisfied with the results of all that effort.  I am convinced that the people like you are what makes the internet a fantastic tool for gathering information and solving problems.
 
Sincerely,
 
R. P., P.E.
Maryland, USA

Why you may want a little guidance...

Do It Yourself Radon Reduction Nightmare

 I was contacted by a very concerned lady whose husband was in big trouble. He had insisted on fixing their radon problem himself. He found a "do it yourself radon mitigation fix it company" and bought their standard package. They spent a couple of long days installing it and got their system running. After a few days their radon monitor actually started to climb from the premitigation level of 15pCi/L. Well needless to say she was pretty upset with her "hubby do-it-yourselfer."

When I came to take a look, I found a host of problems with the installation. I instructed the couple to put their monitor in the closet with the radon system for a few days in order to get a new reading...the level in the closet climbed to 41pCi/L which is more than 10 times the acceptable level.

Now when I perform a post mitigation test on a new radon system I normally have the test placed in a location away from the suction point because I know that a radon system tends to work better closest to the suction point. Thus out of fairness for my customers health, I want to make sure that the system is reducing the radon level throughout the whole home.

So their do it yourself radon mitigation system was actually increasing the level in the home. The radon fan they bought was not sufficient for there situation and not returnable. And finally after paying me $1200.00 to install a new system the level dropped to <0.4pCi/L.,

Moral of the story...make sure you do it right the first time!

To install a DIY radon system requires a variety of skills and some very special knowledge. Yes a radon mitigation system is really quite simple by design, but a poorly installed system could actually make your level worse. Remember you are dealing with a lung cancer causing gas and there is also the possibility of creating a back draft situation with a radon system. This can cause a build up of elevated levels of carbon monoxide in your home.

For a straight forward mitigation, you will pay a contractor some where between $900-$1300 depending on which region of the country you're from. Choose a certified professional and they'll be done in a day. If you choose to d-i-y, plan on at least 2 days.

My research on the internet has found that you might be able to put together what you need to fix your home for $200 - $400 plus another $100 - $150 on items you will by at the local hardware store. But most offers for do-it-yourself services are giving little or no customer service. Just pick your parts, cough up your credit card # and UPS will drop it off.

Well from my experienced point of view, you may want a little coaching to get it right the first time. Even after attending classes to learn this trade, my first jobs were anything but smooth! Good thing I had some experienced advisers I could call for help.

Why you need some one to help you...

When I arrive to perform a mitigation I always come with at least 2-3 different fans. There are times when I'm not able get much information and I'll bring along 4-5 different fans.

Radon mitigation requires some expert advice to get the job done right the first time. That's what I would like to provide for those of you who still think they would like to do their own work.

Radon reduction is more than just mounting the largest fan and sucking all the air out of your house, which is the approach of some. What does a proper mitigation accomplish?

  1. Lower your radon level well below the EPA's action level of 4pCi/L.
  2. Choose the most energy efficent fan for your situation.
  3. Adjust the system to lessen the effect of the heating and cooling costs of the building.
  4. Test to assure that all combustion appliances are venting correctly.


What Can I Do For You?

A recent successful do it yourself radon mitigation.....

My wife and I recently built a small retirement home and living in hurricane country we built it over a basement to use as a storm shelter.

Shortly after moving in we bought a charcoal radon detector and put it in our basement. Much to our horror we found that we had a reading of 27.5pCi/L.

After much research we got in touch with Val Reidman at indoor-air-health-advisor.com. After explaining our situation, he told us in a reassuring voice that we could fix the problem by doing the work ourselves under his instructions.

He mailed us a mitigation kit containing everything we needed except the 4 inch PVC pipe and fittings, and patiently walked us through the entire job.

When we were through, we installed a radon detector and after 48 hours our reading was 1.0pCi/L; two days later it is 0.7pCi/L.

Needless to say we are very pleased with the results and feel we were very fortunate to have Val to assist us. His prices are very reasonable and we would recommend him to anyone with our problem.

Bo A. Louisiana

In order to help you I'll need some detailed information about your home and some ideas on how you propose to run a 3" or 4" PVC through your home and out the roof.

If you would like to inquire further about a do it yourself radon mitigation, please fill the form out below and be assured that I truly want people to have safe homes free from the effects radon. My service ends when I have helped you to lower the radon levels in your home and if that means you need to call me on the weekends or nights, so be it...we'll get it done.

If you would rather talk with me in person my cell phone number is...715-554-0460. You can try me anytime. Also I answer all e-mails promptly. If you haven't received a response, it's possible that your spam blocker has canned my return e-mail. So if you haven't heard back from me please feel free to give me a call.

Note: I recieve many calls everyday. It has become nearly impossible to ansewer all voice messages. So it's usually better to just try calling again. If I see a recent missed call I often call back if within an hour or so. Emails are almost always answered same day or next.

Regards,
Val Riedman #103414RMT http://www.radongas.org

Please read this information about installing a radon mitigation system before filling out the form below. It will help you to better understand the information I need to know in order to help you out.

The Radon Mitigation FAQ section may be helpful too.

Installing a do-it-yourself radon mitigations system is not all that difficult. But without the proper knowledge and someone to coach you, your odds of developing a top notch system are lowered.

An optimized radon reduction system should:

  • reduce your radon level to well below 4pCi/L
  • be energy efficient
  • be safe
  • last a long time

I have the information you need. See the following pages for detailed explanations of each step.

If you still feel that you need some advice please read on to the bottom of this page. There you will find a contact form that will allow me to give you specific info based on your own situation. I will be glad to provide information to help you better understand what works and what doesn't.

How much does a personal consultation cost? I do not charge for my consultations. I only ask that you consider buying the specialized radon equipment you'll need from my store. You will find my prices and shipping costs to be very competitive.

Just looking for mitigation equipment? See the DIY Radon Checklist.

DIY vs Hired Contracter

For a straight forward mitigation, you will pay a contractor some where between $900-$1300 depending on which region of the country you're from. Choose a certified professional and they'll be done in a day.

If you choose to d-i-y, plan on at least 2 days.

You might be able to put together what you need to fix your home for $200 - $400 plus another $100 - $150 on items you will by at the local hardware store. But most offers for do-it-yourself services are providing materials, but giving little or no customer service.

You will probably need a little coaching to get it right the first time. Even after attending classes to learn this trade, my first jobs were anything but smooth! Good thing I had some experienced advisers I could call for help.


Why you need some one to help you...

Radon reduction is more than just mounting the largest fan and sucking all the air out of your house, which is the approach of some. What does a proper mitigation accomplish?

  1. Lower your radon level well below the EPA's action level of 4pCi/L.
  2. Choose the most energy efficent fan for your situation.
  3. Adjust the system to lessen the effect of the heating and cooling costs of the building.
  4. Test to assure that all combustion appliances are venting correctly.


What Can I Do For You?

In order to help you I'll need some detailed information about your home and some ideas on how you propose to run a 3" or 4" PVC through your home and out the roof. 

Please use the form below to contact me. Be assured that I truly want people to have safe homes free from the effects radon. My service ends when I have helped you to lower the radon levels in your home.

If you would rather talk with me in person my cell phone number is...715-554-0460. You can try me anytime. Also I answer all e-mails promptly. If you haven't received a response, please feel free to give me a call.

Note: I recieve many calls everyday. It has become nearly impossible to answer all voice messages. So it's usually better to try calling again rather than leaving a message.  Emails are almost always answered same day or next.

Regards,
Val Riedman #103414RMT http://www.radongas.org

Please read these pages about installing a radon mitigation system  and Radon Mitigation FAQ before filling out the form below.

DIY Radon Mitigation Request

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First Name*
Last Name
E-Mail Address*
Street Address
City
State/Prov*
Zip/Postal Code
Home Phone
What's your Radon Level?
What year was your home built?
What is the Square Footage of the Basement or Lowest Level of your House?
Do you have any Crawl Spaces?
Do you have a sump basket, basin or crock?
Is there is a French drain/drain tile (perforated pipe and gravel) system under your house?
What is directly below the basement floor?
How do you plan to route a vent pipe to the roof in your home?
Please add any additional comments that will help me to understand your situation.

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I do not charge for my consulting. But my phone bill and time spent answering e-mails adds up. If you end up saving a few bucks we do accept donations to help keep this site moving along....

Thanks for your support!
Val Riedman
Radon Mitgation Tech
#103414RMT

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Disclaimer

Even though I know my experience will greatly add to your success I am unable to guarantee that my do it yourself radon mitigation service will achieve the results you would like. In order to offer a guarantee I would have to make an in person inspection of your home and perform a soil communication test.

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