Radon is a colorless, odorless and tasteless radioactive gas that is found in homes. It comes from the natural breakdown of uranium in soil, rock an water and gets into the air we breathe.
Radon is the number one cause of lung cancer in non-smokers. Radon gas decays into radioactive particles that get trapped in your lungs when you breathe. As they break down further, these particles release small burst of energy. This can damage your lung tissue and lead to lung cancer over the course of your lifetime. Radon is estimated to cause between 15,000 and 22,000 lung cancer deaths each year.
Yes. ALL homes have some radon. Regardless of whether the home is new, old, large or small, with a basement. or built over a crawl space or slab foundations. In some homes radon levels can be elevated to levels that significantly increase the incidence of lung cancer. The only way to know if your home has elevated levels is to test.
As with all carcinogens, the lower the level of exposure, the better. Outdoor levels are 0.4 pCi/L (picoCuries per liter), and indoor levels vary. The average indoor radon level in the United States is 1.3 pCi/L. The EPA says that levels under 2.0 pCi/L are ideal, levels under 4.0 are acceptable. The EPA and DNS recommend a home owner take action to lower the level at 4.0 pCi/L or higher.
The Surgeon General and EPA recommend testing all homes below the third floor for radon. In real estate transactions Reliable Radon Inspections, Inc. will perform a short term test. This test takes a minimum of 48 hours. We will provide you with the measurement results the same day we pick up the radon monitor. If the results of this test are 4 pCi/L or higher then mitigation is recommended.
No. Our radon monitors do nor emit anything. They are a specialized type of Geiger counter which measures alpha particles of radiation. They log the hourly radon levels, as well as the average for the test period. The also log any touching or bumping, as well as any power interruptions.
All homes can be fixed. A licensed radon mitigation professional will be able to advise you on the best course of action for your home.