Radon is estimated to cause many thousands of deaths each year. That’s because when you breathe air containing radon, you can get lung cancer. In fact, the Surgeon General has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States today. The surgeon general reccomendation is that homes should be tested for radon every 2 years. Only smoking causes more lung cancer deaths. If you smoke and your home has high radon levels, your risk of lung cancer is especially high.
Radon can be found all over the U.S. Radon comes from the natural (radioactive) breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water and gets into the air you breathe. Radon can be found all over the U.S. It can get into any type of building – homes, offices, and schools – and result in a high indoor radon level. But you and your family are most likely to get your greatest exposure at home that is where you spend most of your time. Radon comes from the natural decay of uranium that is found in nearly all soils and is a radioactive gas. It typically moves up through the ground to the air above and into your home through cracks and other holes in the foundation. Your home traps radon inside, where it can build up. Any home may have a radon problem. This means new and old homes, well-sealed and drafty homes as well as homes with or without basements.
The amount of radon in the air is measured in “picoCuries per liter of air,” or “pCi/L.” Sometimes test results are expressed in Working Levels (WL) rather than picoCuries per liter (pCi/L)
A Radon Mitigation system is fairly simple and extremely effective.
- Radon is the 2nd leading cause of Lung Cancer in the U.S.
- Radon is a Class A Carcinogen.
- Radon is Tasteless, Colorless, and Odorless.
- Radon causes more deaths per year than Carbon Monoxide, House Fires, Drownings, and Drunk Driving combined.
- Our region is a level 3 out of 4 concentration.
- Radon gas is the by-produt of decayed Uranium and is found in soil which means any house is at risk.
- The EPA suggests that all houses be tested for Radon.
- The only way to know if you or your family is exposed to this silent killer is through Radon Testing.
We use Contiuous Radon Monitors which is the most accurate way to test for Radon. We set up our equipment in your house for 48 hrs. Our equipment takes a measurement of Radon every hour on the hour. We will return 48 hrs later to retrieve our Radon equipment and process your detailed report, telling us the average level of Radon over the 48 hr span of time.
Our equimpent has anti-tampering systems which let us know if the test is valid or if there is foul play. To ensure an accurate test, our equipment is calibrated annually and we perform quartly cross-checks.