Why Should You Care About Your Radon Levels?
Radon gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer, behind smoking. Radon is invisible, odorless and tasteless - making it impossible to detect without specialized equipment. Approximately 21,000 lung cancer deaths related to radon occur in the United States every year, and it's estimated that 1 in 15 homes has radon levels above the thresholds recommended by the EPA.
What exactly Is Radon?
Radon is a chemical element (Rn) and a member of the noble gases. It is radioactive and so it can cause damage to the DNA of a living cell. Radon is naturally produced from the radioactive breakdown of uranium, thorium and radium.
While radon is present around the world, it can be especially troublesome in certain regions where there are high concentrations of uranium in the ground, such as specific areas in New England and northern regions of the United states.
What Can You Do About Radon?
The first step to protect yourself and your family is to check the concentration of radon in the home. We provide radon tests using specialized equipment to give you an accurate measurement of radon concentration levels. If the radon measurement is greater than 4 Picocuries per liter, then it is recommended that a radon mitigation system is installed. The most common radon mitigation systems use a fan to pull in radon from beneath the house and vented outdoors where it is quickly deluded to a safe environment.
NRPP Certified Radon Testing
Trained by and as a member of (ECAN) Environmental Consultants & Affiliates Network, we have a community of professionals that support each member to ensure quality training for top notch results and continuing education. We are licensed with the NRPP (National Radon Proficiency Program) and IEMA (Illinois Emergency Management Agency). We follow all state and NRPP guidelines to offer a comprehensive report complete with recommendations. If it has been more than two years since your last radon test, call us today to schedule a test.
The Importance of Testing for Radon Gas in Commercial Buildings
Radon is thought of as a danger to homes but radon can enter multifamily dwellings, schools and buildings the same way as it does in a home and can cause the same level of danger. Testing by a professional radon specialist is essential to know if the radon level is causing harm to you and others that use the space.
"A nationwide survey of radon levels in schools estimates that nearly one in five has at least one school room with a short-term radon level above the action level of four pCi/L (picoCuries per liter) - the level at which the EPA recommends that schools take action to reduce the level."