Radon is a gas that escapes from the ground and enters homes through cracks in their foundations. This gas is practically undetectable by humans and can be extremely dangerous, with the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) reporting that it causes up to 21,000 lung cancer deaths every year, and is detectable in all 50 states of the USA. The only way to know if there is radon present in your home is to have a test performed with specially calibrated equipment that can detect traces of radon, our team have been trained in how to use these tools properly and can help put your mind at ease by testing for radon in your home.
Radon is completely odorless and can enter your home undetected, causing you all manner of health defects without you knowing it's even there. Radon has been listed as the second-highest leading cause of lung cancer next to smoking and is a real issue in the US, which is why it is so important to have your home tested for traces of radon that could be causing you and your family harm.
Who Needs Testing?
Unfortunately, there is no direct cause of radon exposure, because it leaks from the ground it could appear in any home, whether its new or old, regardless of the construction. In many cases, direct neighbors can have different concentration levels of radon even if their homes are identical. A radon test is applicable to anybody and should be performed immediately so any mitigation can be performed if it is present. If you haven't had a radon inspection performed before, contact our customer service team to organize one today and we will have our technicians sent to your home as soon as possible.
Testing for radon is quite an unobtrusive exercise, a device that detects radon levels will be left in your home for a period of 2-5 days, and during this time it will monitor if there is any build-up of radon gases anywhere in the home. You can continue to use your home as usual but we generally recommend to try and keep your home as "closed" as possible as to not allow any of the gas to escape through windows, otherwise, it may not be detected. Once the test is complete the data is evaluated to see if the radon is present and how much has been detected in your home to help us plan any mitigation if required.
Thankfully, even if your home has high concentrations of radon gas, it's quite easy to remove and prevent from building up. If your house has had radon detected, we can help to find a solution to have it removed from it, generally fans and ducting are all that is required to channel the gas that is leaking into your home and redirects it out of your home and into the air outside where it quickly disperses safely, no longer being a threat to you or your family.