What Is Radon?
Radon is a colorless, tasteless and odorless gas meaning that you will neither be able to touch it nor see it. Furthermore, you would not be able to detect radon gas by tasting or smelling it since radon gas does not have those features. It is that gas which is formed from the decay of the elements that are radioactive in nature. Uranium, for instance, is the element that is found almost everywhere on earth in different quantity levels.
Where Does Radon Come From?
There cannot be a perfect answer for this question because since radioactive elements are present everywhere in the soil, it virtually is present everywhere. However, the density with which it is present in the open atmosphere is quite less to what is found inside the home and the buildings and this is where it becomes very dangerous.
Radon gas enters the premises of house from almost anywhere – be it the cracks on the walls and the floors or the joints of the building frame or simply from the very acute space between pipes and lines – As a result, keeping radon out of your home requires strict attention and good ventilation system that will help mitigate the gas to exterior. The extent of radon is usually high in the basement side or any other crawling space where the ventilation is usually low.
Is Radon Gas Dangerous?
Radon gas is quite harmful according to Environmental Protection Agency(EPA) and The U.S. Surgeon General standards even in low concentration. It is one of the leading causes of lungs cancer in the country and one of the leading causes of deaths as well. Breathing in the air where there is even little concentration of it, you create a passage for radon and decay products to get inside your lungs. These little particles when inside, release small bursts of energy that damages lung’s tissue DNA that leads to lung cancer. It is equally harmful for both adults and children. However, since children are in a growing phase, have a high respiration rate and are undergoing pacey growth of cells, they are the ones who are most affected because of radon.
How To Know If The Radon Level Is Dangerous?
This is a question that can only be answered when you have your home or property inspected by a company such as “Lion Inspections”. The Radon Inspection by Lion Inspections will help you know the level of Radon gas and whether or not it is dangerous .
However, there are few things that you should know and those are:
- The radon level is measured in pCi/L which is “picocuries per liter”.
- Radon level in the outdoors can reach as much as 0.75 pCi/L whereas the acceptable safe radon level is 0.4 pCi/L for both indoor and outdoor but that hardly is the case.
- An alarming and actionable level that is considered by the government is when the radon level is at or exceeds 4.0 pCi/L.
- According to World Health Organization it is highly important that you keep close tabs on the radon level in and around your property.
If you had no idea regarding radon before reading this and you have never ever had your home inspected for it then you and your family might be in danger.
Get it inspected now!
We are in line to provide you with the best results and will reveal to you the exact level of radon gas that is present in your property. Having studied about and only after gathering all the certificates and licences, we are able to say that we know how to determine radon in different areas of the home.
As for the inspection, we make use of both the devices i.e. passive and active devices to check the level of radon gas in different areas of the house.
Passive devices that does not need any electric power traps the radon gas or its daughter products which later is then sent to the laboratory for analysis and testing. Some of the passive devices which we make use of are:
- Charcoal Liquid Scintillation detectors
- Alpha track
- Charcoal Canister
- Electret Ion Detectors
These devices are usually used for short term results as compared to active device which yields long term results. Active devices are powered by electricity and can be called “radon monitors” which continuously monitors the air and radon levels in the room.
Our inspection make use of these devices that helps us in revealing to you the exact radon levels.
For More Information The USA Environmental Protection Agency Released The Flowing Publications:
Based on the lab’s findings, you will get a report from us that (that will be supported by lab’s report) will show you the exact level of radon present in each area of your home.
If you choose to have your water tested, then the test results will have some specific numbers which we believe you should know and be able to interpret on your own. These are
- 10,000 or Above: Need to get it treated at all cost
- In between 4,000-10,000: You may want to get it treated (Recommended only but not a necessity)
- Below 4,000: No danger but get it checked in 3-5 years
Short term test results which is quite frequently used and is the most common one for testing radon level in air. It usually takes 48 to 96 hours for getting short term test done. Below are the numbers’ interpretation that these results reveal:
- 4 or above: Highly disturbing and need action
- In between 2-4: It is recommended to get it treated but is not a necessity
- Below 2: Get it tested again in few months’ time.
Based on the lab report you will have the suggestions and the actions that you can do in order to decrease the level of Radon and will specifically guide you through the ways that you can adopt to minimize its impact.
Buying / Selling A House
If in case you find yourself in a position where you have to make a decision regarding buying or selling of the house then make sure you check the following points for radon mitigation and (ask yourself if you are the owner) or the owner the following questions:
- Whether or not the house has been inspected of Radon gas?
- Which company did the inspection?
- Did they follow EPA guidelines and were the certified?
- If yes, then by whom the test was carried out and under what circumstances?
- How long it has been since the test was carried out?
These are some of the questions that you definitely need to get answered because it will help you in determining your final decision regarding purchases of the house.
Building A New Home
If you find yourself in the extraordinary position of building a new home then it is highly recommended that you go on to include a radon resistant system in the house that will help you with radon remediation.
It might be a little expensive at first but the long term dividends would be much better. It will not only save your family from radon gas but will also help you in saving your money that you otherwise would have spent on inspections and medical cost.