Radon Measurement Services
Radon has been big news for the past several years, and with good reason. High radon levels have been found across the United States. In Florida, one in every five homes tested has a radon level that exceeds the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) guideline of 4 pCi/L (picocuries per liter). Testing is the only way to know if your home has unacceptably high radon levels.
What Is Radon and Why Does It Matter?
Radon is a colorless, odorless, naturally occurring radioactive gas. It is a byproduct of the natural decay of radium, itself a byproduct of uranium decay. As uranium is a key component of the Earth’s crust, radon is present in virtually all soil and groundwater. However, it is not typically dangerous outdoors as it escapes into the atmosphere, easily becoming highly diluted.
In homes and buildings, however, radon that escapes from the surrounding soil can enter through tiny holes or cracks in the foundation, only to become trapped and concentrated, similarly to how smoke can build up behind glass. For this reason, buildings often have radon levels that are many times higher than the level found just outside the door.
Radon is a known carcinogen, the leading cause of lung cancer deaths in non-smokers and the second most common cause of lung cancer deaths overall. Radon exposure causes a buildup of lung damage over time, and lung cancer typically results only after a decade or more of chronic exposure. Therefore, radon testing and mitigation can vastly reduce your chances of developing radon-related disease even if you have lived with high radon levels for some time.
Why Choose Professional Radon Measurement?
Although home radon testing kits are available, many people prefer the security of having a professional analysis conducted, especially if they have small children or any chronic illnesses. In Florida, all radon measurement professionals must hold current certification from the Florida Department of Health. This helps to ensure that testing is performed accurately, using the latest approved radon measurement devices and techniques.
What Should I Do if My Home Has a High Level of Radon?
If your professional radon test shows a radon level of less than 8 pCi/L, it is best to conduct a retest. If the second test confirms a radon level below 4 pCi/L, you are in the clear.
If the time-weighted average of the two tests confirms a level between 4 and 8 pCi/L, it is important to mitigate within 6 months. If any test shows a level above 8 pCi/L, make plans to mitigate as soon as possible. If the number is very high, close to 100 pCi/L, you should take immediate action to reduce your exposure. Your radon assessment technician will provide advice and documentation as to the next recommended steps.
Radon mitigation is extremely effective when performed by an experienced and certified professional. However, it is important to retest your home every two years to ensure that its radon level remains within safe parameters.
Why Should I Choose Same Day Inspection?
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If you are ready to have your home inspected by a local company that you can trust, we invite you to call Same Day Inspection at 877-216-3949 or schedule your inspection online today.