Renovation, remodeling and restoration all have one thing in common. They involve major changes to your home’s structure. While renovation and remodeling tend to be by choice, restoration typically addresses some type of structural issue or damage. The final of the big four Rs for homeowners to know is radon. If you’re about to embark on a new home renovation, restoration or remodel, then there’s no better time to test for radon.

Test Ahead of Time

The EPA strongly recommends that you test for radon. This is especially true if you plan on any large scale structural renovations. For instance, if you plan to convert your unfinished basement into a finished living space, then you’ll want to test your levels in advance. Don’t worry if your test results inform you that there is a radon problem.

Install a Radon Mitigation System

There are solutions available. It is better to be safe now, than to worry about it later. There are radon-resistant techniques that you can use in your construction. These techniques are called radon ready new construction or RRNC. Some experts even suggest that you install a RRNC system even if your radon tests turn out great. Sometimes preventive measures can save you a lot of time and money in the future.

Test After the Project

If you tested before your project, it’s completely okay to test again when you’re done. Sometimes, when you’re remodeling, the projects can affect radon levels. Before the project began, your levels should be below the 4.0 pCi/L level. After you’ve finished the remodel, restoration or renovation, test it again to make sure that it still is at the proper level. If you installed an RRNC system before the renovation, you will want to make sure that the radon reduced to the proper levels.

As a homeowner, it’s important that you know about the four Rs: Renovation, remodeling, restoration and radon. New home projects can be exciting. You’re embarking on a new adventure with your home and it only makes sense that you take the proper safety precautions. One of the most important safety precautions is to test for radon before and after you begin the home construction.