Radon cannot be seen or smelled. However, it is present in every state in the country and is responsible for upwards of 21,000 lung cancer deaths annually. There is only one way to see if the gas levels are too high, and that is to do a test for radon. If it comes back showing that levels are high, then the next step is to hire a company to install a radon abatement system. If you would like to get into the business of installing such systems, there are a number of steps that you will need to take before you can be hired by your first client.
The first thing anyone looking into a new profession needs to do is research the qualifications necessary to become licensed in that particular field. For radon remediation, the best place to start would be the EPA. They regulate radon professionals and set the guidelines that the industry must follow. The state that you live in may also have their own qualifications, so you need to check with them, as well.
Regardless of whether your state requires you to be licensed or not, you should seek professional certification as this is a good way to gain credibility with customers. This is done through The National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) which certifies radon professionals as part of the National Radon Proficiency Program (NRPP). Certified testers, as well as those that install radon mitigation systems are listed on the NRPP’s website. This helps to make your company more visible to potential customers.
In order to become certified, you will need to take a qualifying education course. Once you have completed the When you receive a passing score on the test, you can then apply for NRPP certification. Once you receive your certification, you should check state and local ordinances in order to find out what you must do to legally start a business.
Next on your list is to contact both local real estate agents and local radon testing businesses. Both of these types of companies work with people who may need your services. Since radon is so dangerous and does not discriminate, those looking to either sell or purchase a new home often test for the gas during the home inspection.
Some do it with the use of a kit that is purchased in a hardware store and others call in professional testers. Either way, if the test shows dangerous levels exist, then the next step is to have a system installed to reduce the levels. That is where you come in. Real estate agents that have clients that test on their own can offer up your name, as can professional testers.
However, bear in mind that no one will recommend you with at least a business plan and some experience. So, you may want to work for someone else before venturing out on your own. This will give you more credibility when you do become your own boss and will also give you more connections, as well.