Radon Level Testing

Radon Level Testing

Radon gas is a naturally occurring radioactive gas it’s an ubiquitous element found in rock and soil that can cause lung cancer. Radon is the second leading cause for lung cancer after smoking cigarettes. 

How does Radon enter your home?

Radon can enter your home through cracks and holes in the foundation, through well water, and via building materials, about 1 in every 15 homes has what’s considered an elevated radon level. You can’t see or smell radon. Testing is the only way to know your level of exposure. 

Symptoms of Radon poisoning

Possible symptoms include shortness of breath (difficulty breathing), a new or worsening cough, pain or tightness in the chest, hoarseness, or trouble swallowing.  

Raised levels of Radon

Now lets talk about what to do if you have raised levels of Radon. Mitigation of radon in the air is accomplished through ventilation, either collected below a concrete floor slab or a membrane on the ground, or by increasing the air changes per hour in the building. Treatment systems using aeration or activated charcoal are available to remove radon from domestic water supplies. In some cases, radon levels can be lowered by ventilating the crawlspace passively (without the use of a fan) or actively (with the use of a fan). Crawlspace ventilation may lower indoor radon levels both by reducing the home’s suction on the soil and by diluting the radon beneath the house.

How the Radon testing process takes place:

When you request a Radon inspection, we will call the laboratory and ask them to send us two canisters for testing. Then, we will come to your house/office and place the canisters in two different locations for 48 hours. During the 48 hour test we will ask you to keep all the windows closed and only use the entry doors as needed so, we can get a good reading of the air inside the home/office. at the end of the test we will come back, collect the canisters and send them back to the lab for analysis. It should take 2-3 days to get the results.

If you are interested in the process, please call (928) 634-2580 for more details!!