RADON GAS TESTING
WHAT IS RADON?
Radon is a naturally occurring, colorless, tasteless, odorless, radioactive gas that comes out of the ground, all around and below us. Radon comes from the natural (radioactive) breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water and gets into the air we breathe. Radon can be found all over the U.S. It can get into any type of building, homes, offices, schools, and result in high indoor radon levels. The EPA has determined that high levels of Radon causes lung cancer more often than second-hand tobacco smoke.
High levels of Radon can exist in any home.
Radon does not discriminate between new and old homes, well-sealed and drafty homes, and homes with or without basements.
Radon enters a home through:
What is your home’s Radon number?
Radon testing is the only way to determine the risk to you and your family. The EPA and the Surgeon General recommend testing all homes below the third floor for radon. All homes with radon levels above 4.0 pCi/L are recommended to have a radon mitigation system installed to ensure safe respiratory health. Levels below 2.0 pCi/L are ideal.
Guardian Inspections has the ability to test for radon in any location within the home and provide you with accurate results, in as little as 48 hours.
How to protect against Radon exposure?
Radon reduction systems are effective and are not overly expensive. They can reduce radon levels in your home by up to 99%. Even very high levels can be reduced to acceptable levels. Another important time to test for Radon is after remodeling or building an addition. These events disturb the ground, concrete floor and foundation and can cause changes in the radon levels. Contact a Radon Mitigation specialist for more details on pricing and types of reduction systems.
New homes can be built with radon-resistant features
Radon-resistant construction techniques can be effective in preventing radon entry and making mitigation inexpensive. When installed properly these simple and inexpensive techniques can help reduce indoor radon levels in homes. In addition, installing them at the time of construction makes it easier and less expensive to reduce radon levels further if these passive techniques don’t reduce radon levels to below 4 pCi/L. Every new home should be tested after occupancy, even if it was built radon-resistant. If radon levels are still in excess of 4 pCi/L, the passive system should be activated by having a qualified mitigator install a vent fan.
For more explanation of radon resistant construction techniques, refer to EPA publication, Building Radon Out: A Step-by-Step Guide on How to Build Radon-Resistant Homes (see www.epa.gov/radon/rrnc).