What Is Radon?
Radon is a radioactive, colorless, and odorless gas. Radon is a naturally occurring element (Rn) that can be found mainly in the soil. In small amounts radon can also be found in the water. Since Radon is naturally occurring it is impossible to eliminate all Radon in homes.
Why Is Radon A Problem?
Radon are radioactive particles that can damage the lungs given enough time and radon. Radon is responsible for over 20,000 ling cancer deaths each year according to the CDC, and 1 in 15 homes has elevated radon levels. According to the EPA radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. Of the 20,000 deaths from lung cancer 2,900 had never smoked. The only way to know if a home has high levels of radon is to have the radon levels tested. The EPA estimates that at 20 pCi/L the risk from radon is 35 times more than the risk of drowning, and at 10 pCi/L the risk is 20 times more than the risk of a house fire. Approximately 70,000 schools have high radon levels.
What We Do
Realty Pro Inspection offers short term Radon testing. The short-term radon testing takes 48 hours and requires as minimal air flow to the lowest point of the building as possible. An acceptable level of radon in a home according to the EPA is anything below 4 pCi/L. Radon levels can be mitigated to as low as 2 pCi/L beyond this is difficult though. However, due to the constant fluctuation in radon levels it is recommended that high radon levels are confirmed twice or a long-term test is used to confirm (long term radon test takes 90 days or more). By getting a radon test you can make sure that your home is safe for you and your family. Schedule a radon test today.