EPA recommended. Every home should be tested.

The EPA recommends every home to be tested for radon gas.  The EPA believes that radon is a health hazard. However, there are simple solutions if the radon levels in your home are above safe standards.

Known to cause Lung Cancer. A naturally occurring radioactive gas.

According to the EPA radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that can cause lung cancer. You can’t see or smell radon. Testing is the only way to know your level of exposure. Radon can have a big impact on indoor air quality.

Levels seriously matter. WL or picocuries per liter of air (pCi/L)

The EPA also stipulates that radon test results may be reported in three different measures – picocuries (pCi/l), Working Levels (WL) and bequerels (bq). If your test result is in pCi/L, EPA recommends you fix your home if the radon level is 4 pCi/L or higher. If the test result is in WL, EPA recommends you fix your home if the working level is 0.016 WL or higher.While not commonly used in the United States, any radon level at or above 0.148 bq should be reduced.

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Long-term Radon Testing

Long-term radon testing kits are the most accurate. Radon levels can vary meaningfully each day. Testing over a 90 day window gives you a more accurate idea of the average radon level in your home. If faster results are needed, only a short-term radon kit will work.

Short-term Radon testing

Short-term radon gas testing kits work over a 2-7 day range. While their results are accurate they have a much smaller test sample size. If your needs are time bounded a short-term kit is best. Otherwise, we recommend a long term testing kit.

Radon is a serious health concern

Radon gas is a serious health concern as a leading cause of lung cancer. Fortunately, homeowners can take steps to reduce levels of the gas if testing indicates high amounts.

Suction Mitigation Systems

Suction based device systems are used when a home has a basement or is built directly on a concrete slab. This consists of suction pipes inserted into the floor slab or drain tiles surrounding the basement walls and using either an exhaust fan or passive air flow to remove the gas from the home.

Ventilation Mitigation System

Ventilation mitigation systems for radon gas work by installing vents in the crawlspace walls, using fans to move air through the crawlspace, or covering the soil in the crawlspace with a sealant cover and removing the air that moves up through the soil through a pipe and exhaust fan system.

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What is Radon Gas?

Radon gas was discovered by two scientists a little over a century ago. It occurs naturally as radium, thorium, and uranium decay. It most often is found as a gas, but may also be present in water. It has a short half-life of less than four days, but since uranium and thorium are common radioactive minerals spread throughout the earth’s crust, radon is continually released into the environment.

What is Radon testing?

Since health experts have uncovered this threat, they have developed radon testing of indoor air quality to identify a building’s level. There are two ways to test for the gas in the home: short-term testing and long-term testing. In a short-term test, a device is placed in the home to collect particles from the air for a limited period. There are several different types of devices used to collect the samples: charcoal canisters, alpha track detectors, electret ion detectors and continuous monitors.

The short-term may last a few days to a few months. Home test kits can be purchased at hardware stores, retail outlets or online. After the test period’s completion, the kits are then mailed to a laboratory for analysis. Certified inspectors can also be hired to homeowners to conduct the testing. Certifications may be obtained by the inspectors from the EPA or an individual state.

There is also long-term testing. This lasts longer than three months and employs either an alpha track detector or electric detector or a continuous monitor. This type of test may give a more accurate reading of gas levels, but the results may take up to a year to get back.

What are the implications of high radon gas levels?

Once the threat of the radioactive gas was identified in the 1980s, the EPA set guidelines for home owners on acceptable levels for it at 4 pCi/L. Yet, even if a structure has a gas level below this threshold, a person should not assume there is no threat to his or her health. A building with a low or moderate level of radioactive gas still has health implications for a homeowner to consider. As the EPA’s Citizens Guide states, “…Levels less than 4 pCi/L still pose a risk, and in many cases may be reduced.” That risk associated with high and even moderate levels of the gas is mainly the development of lung cancer. The 2016 EPA report estimates that exposure to substance causes 21,000 deaths a year in the United States.

What is Radon mitigation?

Radon levels can be reduced in homes with some fairly simple methods. This is usually best accomplished through the installation of a radon mitigation system. Two basic types of systems are the suction device and the ventilation system. The suction device system is used when a home has a basement or is built directly on a concrete slab. This consists of suction pipes inserted into the floor slab or drain tiles surrounding the basement walls and using either an exhaust fan or passive air flow to remove the gas from the home.

The second type of mitigation system is the ventilation system used in houses with crawlspaces. This may be achieved by installing vents in the crawlspace walls, using fans to move air through the crawlspace, or covering the soil in the crawlspace with a sealant cover and removing the air that moves up through the soil through a pipe and exhaust fan system.

This gas is a serious health concern as a leading cause of lung cancer. Fortunately, homeowners can take steps to reduce levels of the gas if testing indicates high amounts.