Radon Removal & Home Solutions
What is Radon?
Radon is a radioactive gas that you cannot see, smell or taste. It is created from the natural breakdown of Uranium in the rock and soil below our homes, schools and businesses. The radioactive breakdown of Uranium leads to the creation of Radon. As a gas, Radon enters our homes through the cracks in our foundations, our water supply, and other natural pathways. Radon breaks down into solid radioactive elements called 'Radon Daughters' (such as Polonium-218, Polonium-214, and lead-214). These Radon Daughters can attach to dust and other particles and can be breathed into the lungs. Inside the lungs they give off radiation which damages and mutates the DNA inside our bodys cells and can eventually lead to lung cancer. The US Environmental Protection Agency lists Radon as the #1 cause of lung cancer among non-smokers, estimating that it is responsible for approximately 20,000 lung cancer deaths every year in the United States. Lung cancer is responsible for more deaths than the three deadliest cancers combined.
Should I Have My Radon Levels Tested?
All buildings should be tested every two years. Homes in Central New York tend to have higher than average levels of radon. With that in mind, you should not rely on Radon test results from other homes in your neighborhood to estimate the Radon level in your own home. Houses that are next to each other, can have very different Radon levels.
Any home can have a Radon problem. It doesn't matter if it's a new or old home, sandy or clay soil, finished basement or crawlspace. All homes should be tested every two years.
How Can I Test My Radon Levels?
There are two basic ways to test your Radon: You can do it yourself, or have a professional do it.
To do it yourself, you will need to purchase a Radon testing kit. These can be purchased at most home improvement stores, or online for $15-$40. Once you receive your kit, follow the instructions very closely, one small mistake can ruin your results. Your tester will need to sit undisturbed for at least 48 hours. Fill out the included form, and you will need to send in your kit to a certified lab with a check for $20-$40 for the lab processing fee. Within two weeks you should have the results of your test.
The second option is to have a certified professional come and test your home. It's a little more expensive, usually about $125, but you will get what you pay for. They will use a certified radon monitor, you will have your results in 48 hours, and you will have the peace of mind knowing that your results are accurate.
If you would like one of our professionals at Radon Removal and Home Solutions to come and test your Radon, contact us online, call or text 315-338-3224, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org