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Estate Agents – tackling the issue of Radon:

Estate Agents – tackling the issue of Radon:

Radon Protection UK offers Radon testing in domestic properties through to the installation of Radon mitigation systems. We also carry out regular local property surveys in both existing properties and New Homes should the issue of radon arise during the property sale process.

Radon is a radioactive gas as a result from decaying uranium in the ground and is found in locations across the UK including Northamptonshire and Leicestershire. Radon is the second biggest cause of lung cancer in the UK and is linked to 1000 deaths per year.

This guide is intended to provide you with the information to aid you when dealing with the subject of radon gas and the potential pitfalls between a buyer and the seller. If a property falls within a radon affected area, this will be highlighted in the Environmental / land search – or can be identified using the Public Health England map for guidance.

If a property is in a radon affected area, it is possible that the current home owners may be aware of the radon risk in the area and have already carried out tests to check the property’s radon levels.

If no previous testing has been carried out, it is possible to carry out a short-term screening test, where detectors are left in place for 10 days before being returned to our laboratory for analysis. The results from this test will give you a ‘snapshot’ of the current radon level and provide a good indication as to whether any remedial works will be necessary. At this stage, we can provide a property survey and quotation for the necessary works to help speed the process along if required.

Alternatively, there is the option for the property sale to proceed as normal, the buyers move into the property and then carry out a full three-month test – this is where a radon bond would come into place.

In order that radon testing doesn’t hold up property transactions the solicitors on both sides can agree a ‘radon bond’ wherein a sum of money from the purchase price, agreed upon by both parties, is retained by the solicitor for a set period of time whilst testing is carried out. The funds will be realised back to the original seller should  elevated levels be present, then an official radon bond occurs when both parties sign a contract that outlines how the bond will work.

Arranging a radon bond:

Under this system, the seller and buyer agree on a sum of money that is likely to be enough to cover the cost of a typical radon remediation system should one be required. The money is taken out of the buyer’s purchase price and held by a third party (for example, a solicitor) until the test result is known and any reduction measures have been carried out. Both parties sign a contract that stipulates how the bond will work. Sometimes the money is released before the work is carried out to fund the remediation.

In most cases, the test shows radon levels below the action level, then no further action is necessary and the bond money is released back to the seller.

The bond’s life must also be realistic, allowing – for example – at least four months from completion of house sale to obtain a radon test result. If this result is at or above the Action Level another two months should be allowed for the completion of remediation work.

There are two main remediation techniques available for lowering your radon levels: installing a radon sump or introducing positive pressure. Our team have many years of experience implementing these methods in buildings and successfully bringing radon levels down to an acceptable concentration.

Securing a bond will give the buyers a degree of confidence that even if you have elevated levels then you have retained the funds to allow for the works to be carried out.

If you require any further information or have concerns about the possibility of radon in a property you’re dealing with, we provide a comprehensive, confidential and accurate service. You can reach us Monday – Saturday on 0800 978 8435.

Radon reduction using – Positive Input Ventilation:

Radon reduction using – Positive Input Ventilation:

A loft mounted Positive Input Ventilation Systems (PIV) will provide the necessary ventilation to your entire house by using filtered air from within the loft space.

The radon levels are reduced by adding positive pressure into the property via a hallway ceiling diffuser.

For more information on how PIV’s can reduce radon levels in your home.

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  • Perfect for further reducing radon levels below 500 Bq m-3
  • Helps to reduce condensation on bathroom walls and the inside of windows.
  • Benefits Asthma Sufferers by improving air quality in your property.
  • Low Running Costs
  • Quiet Operation
  • Manufacturer’s warranty

Stamford: Loft mounted Positive Input Ventilation Systems (PIV).

Yesterday we attended a property in Stamford and installed a loft mounted Positive Input Ventilation Systems (PIV).
Perfect for further reducing radon levels below 500 Bq m-3

PIV’s will provide the necessary ventilation to your entire house by using filtered air from within the loft space.

The radon levels are reduced by adding positive pressure into the property via a hallway ceiling diffuser.

Contact us for more information on how PIV’s can reduce radon levels in your home.

Covid 19 Update:

Delivering good indoor air quality in your home or housing stock is more important than ever whilst we’re socially distancing and spending even more time indoors.
Radon Protection are taking every precaution to protect the health and safety of our workforce and customers during the COVID-19 pandemic whilst ensuring our support, advice and services remain available to our customers.
 
We are conducting business with a remote admin team and we are well equipped to offer Surveys and carry out Mitigation services safely.

Brixworth Northampton Radon Sump:

Last week we attended a property in Brixworth and installed a radon sump.
A radon sump is a popular and effective choice when it comes to radon level reduction and is the ideal choice for situations where there are high radon concentrations.
We are operating with social distancing measures strictly in place and reduced interaction on site maintaining a 2 metre distance from others. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call us on 0800 9788435 / 07900 100024.

Radon can affect buildings of any age, type or size.

If you own your home, it is your own choice whether you want to test for radon and if high levels are found, whether you want to take any remedial action.

Radon Testing in Homes:
Radon testing should be carried out within the main living areas and at least one bedroom. This is to ensure that the radon concentration within the areas that are most occupied are ascertained.

In an average-sized home, two detectors will usually be sufficient (one for a living room and one for a bedroom).

If the property is very large, has a basement or has had extensions built at different points in time, more detectors may be required to gain a full picture.

Under normal circumstances, radon testing should be carried out over a three month period. This is because radon levels fluctuate constantly and to gain an accurate result, the average over several months is required.

Radon levels vary from season to season, with the highest levels usually present during the winter months. Radon testing can be carried out at any point during the year and our testing laboratory will apply a seasonal ‘correction’ factor to take account of this.

Radon Sump Northamptonshire Installation – I highly recommend this company:

“I highly recommend this company. We received fantastic customer service. After our radon test results came back high I contacted Radon Protection UK for help. There quickly came out to assess our needs and answered all questions we had. As I was due to have a baby they quickly arranged for the work to take place. Everyone we dealt with was so helpful. We’ve just had our new test results back and levels have dropped from over 500 to around 30.”
Rebecca W, Northamptonshire. 22 March 2020.

Positive Input Ventilation Units (PIV’s)

Positive Input Ventilation units are ideally suited for domestic properties with relatively low radon levels (up to 500 becquerels. PIV’s are designed to transform the atmosphere into a fresh, healthy and condensation free environment. The units are extremely reliable and low level noise 
The loft mounted PIV is a well tried an tested solution and also reduces the stack effect which in turn helps to prevent the radon ingress. If you would like a quote or a survey of your property, call us on 0800 978 8435.