Radon is a naturally occurring gas that comes from the ground our homes and offices are built on. It is also the second leading cause of lung cancer, as it is a radioactive element. You cannot see, smell, or taste radon, but it may be a problem in your home. The good news it that we can easily test for the presence and concentration of radon, and if it is found to be present in elevated levels, mitigation is possible. We can also help you explore your options for mitigation systems and explain how they work.
You cannot predict your home's radon level based on state or local radon measurements, or even on the test results of homes in your neighborhood. Testing is the only way to find out what your home's radon level is. Nearly one out of every 15 homes is estimated to have elevated radon levels. Because of this, the U.S. Surgeon General and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recommend testing all homes.
There is a common misconception that houses built on a slab or crawlspace don't have problems with radon. We have seen many cases where this has been proven wrong. There are many different ways that radon can enter your home, as shown in the graphic to the left. The only way to know if a building has a radon issue is to test.
We use calibrated monitors to measure the hourly concentrations of radon in the house over a period of at least 48 hours, up to 10 days. The reports are available on the same day we pick up the machine, and are presented in an easy to understand format.
For more information on radon, please visit the EPA Radon website or the InterNACHI Radon website.