What is Radon Gas
Radon is a colorless, odorless, tasteless radioactive gas that's formed during the natural breakdown of uranium in soil, rock, and water. Common entry points are cracks in the foundation or basement floor, poorly sealed pipes, drainage systems or any other access way to the soil.
If you're buying or selling a home, radon can be a significant issue. Exposer to radon over a period of years can have a significant and detrimental effect. In fact, it is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States according to the EPA.
A properly conducted test will let you know the estimated average radon level in the home. Testing for radon comes in two forms: active and passive. Active devices usually require much longer periods of time then passive devices to collect the samples needed to provide a result. Passive devices are much quicker tests, 2-6 days, and therefore more suitable for real estate transactions. The most common passive device is metal cannister that contains activated charcoal. The canister is left open in the lowest level of the home which could be occupied. This excludes crawl spaces under the house, but includes finished or unfinished basements. The canister is retrieved after several days of exposure and sent to a professional lab for analysis. Concentrations of radon are described in terms of picocuries per liter of air (pCi/L). If concentrations of radon above 4 pCi/L are found in your home, the EPA recommends mitigation. For more information, visit the EPA web site on radon at http://www.epa.gov/radon.
A Radon Test is included in a Complete Home Inspection.
The Radon results will be emailed to you as soon as the Lab. sends us the results.
The usual turn around time is 1-2 days once canister is picked up.