What Is Radon?
Radon, atomic number 86 on the Periodic Table of Elements, is a colorless, odorless, radioactive gas formed from the decay of naturally occurring Uranium within the soil below us. While small amounts of Radon are present in the air you breathe every day, health issues can arise from elevated, concentrated levels of Radon within our homes.
Visit https://www.epa.gov/radon for more information on Radon.
What are the health risks associated with Radon?
Radon gas is a carcinogen. Long term exposure to high levels of Radon can cause lung cancer. In fact, according to the EPA, Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer overall (second only to smoking), and it is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers.
How are you exposed to radon?
Radon is continually being created from the decay of Uranium within the earth. It rises through the soil and eventually into the air. Through sump pits, cracks, and other penetrations in our basements or slabs, radon enters the home where it can sit and concentrate into very high, unhealthy levels which are inhaled continuously into your lungs, exposing them to radiation. The higher the levels of radon in the home, and the longer an individual is exposed to the radon, the higher the risk will be of developing lung caner.
Should you have your home tested for Radon?
Radon is known as "The Silent Killer". We can not detect its presence without air testing. The only way to know the levels of radon within your home is to have the home tested. It is recommended that every home in our area be tested for Radon due to the high levels reported in our region. Home buyers should have the home tested in conjunction with their general home inspection so they are aware of the radon levels before moving in. Shown is a map illustrating radon levels throughout the U.S.
What can you do if your home's Radon test results show high levels?
If your test results come back with high levels, don't panic. A Radon mitigation/ removal system can be installed in your home to reduce the Radon to acceptable levels. Radon mitigation professionals will evaluate the home and come up with a custom solution to meet your home's needs. These professionals normally charge in the $1000- $1500 range to install the mitigation system.
Radon Testing Procedures
When you decide to have your home tested for Radon levels, give us a call and we will schedule a time to start the radon test, as well as go over the testing process with you. The test needs to be in place for 48 hours in the home with closed house conditions (normal entry and exit of doors is fine). Once the test is picked up from the house, a laboratory will analyze the test and an official report will be emailed. This report is usually received within two to three business days after the test is picked up from the house, but can sometimes take up to five business days. If you are on a tight timeline, schedule the radon test as soon as possible so results can be received before any deadlines. If you are having a home inspection performed, we will set up the radon test two days in advance and pick it up at the time of inspection.
Radon Test Cost
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