Radon:

What is it?

Why should I test for it?

How do you test for it?

What do I need to know about testing?

Is it really a concern?

 

There are many questions about radon and many misconceptions about it.

Briefly I will cover some of these concerns.

 

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Radon is a cancer-causing, radioactive gas. You can't see it, smell it or taste it. Radon is found all over the United States. The U.S. EPA estimates thousands of deaths each year due to radon.

Radon occurs from the natural breakdown of Uranium in soil, rock and water and gets into the air we breath. No radon does not exist because of landfills or marshy land which  I've been asked. Uranium is the source. As the Uranium decays it forms a gas which can enter your home, most commonly through cracks and holes in the basement or crawlspace or a concrete slab. Radon can also be contained in various building materials used in a home such as concrete, masonry brick and block and granite to mention a few. Also radon can enter a home via well water. Radon in the soil being the most common and likely. 

The problem is when we breath in radon the gas continues to decay which emits alpha radiation which is bad for our lungs. 

Well ,What do we do about it? We can first discover the amount of radon contained in the home through testing. Home Check, LLC uses the best and most accurate equipment for testing, the AirCat continuous radon monitor. The test covers a 48 hour time frame in which the monitor measures the radon levels hourly. The monitor also measures temperature, humidity and barometric pressure and is equipped with motion sensors and a battery back-up to ensure accuracy and prevent tampering with the monitor. Closed house conditions are required 12 hours before and during the test, so no leaving open windows or doors.  Then the monitor sits doing it's job, no noise or moving parts just a light letting you know it's working. After 48 hours I will retrieve the monitor and the results will be emailed to you usually within 2 hours of the conclusion of the test. 

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