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All of our posts in this series have addressed buying & selling a pre-existing home. But what if you are looking to build a brand new home? You do have options. There are such things as radon-resistant techniques. You can include these radon-resistant techniques in the construction of your new home.

Radon-resistant techniques are an inexpensive way to reduce radon levels. All of these techniques are passive. When installed at the time of construction, they also help make reducing radon levels easier if these passive techniques do not reduce your levels below 4 pCi/L. In addition, radon-resistant techniques can help to lower moisture levels, as well as the levels of other soil gases.

Even when you include radon-resistant features in your home, you should still have your new home tested for radon prior to moving in. If your test results are higher than 4 pCi/L, a vent fan can easily be added to the passive system, creating an active system. This active system will help to further reduce your radon levels.

When installed at the time of construction, these radon-resistant features can help you save money. It is much more cost effective than trying to fix a radon problem down the line. The best part is that radon-resistant techniques are easy to install using common building materials. It will also help you save money down the line because these radon resistant features will make your home more energy efficient. Energy efficiency means saving on your energy costs.

Typically, including these passive radon-resistant features in your new home during construction usually costs less than trying to fix your home at a later date. If your levels are still higher than 4 pCi/L, you should contact a qualified radon mitigation company to estimate what the cost would be to upgrade your system to an active one.

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