Radon Is a Cancer-Causing, Radioactive Gas
You cannot taste, see, or smell radon. Your home could be a problem without you ever knowing.
Radon testing is the only way to determine if your home is in the acceptable range. Radon is a radioactive gas that is found all over the United States. It emanates from the natural breakdown of uranium is soil, rock, water and then into the indoor air you breathe. Solutions are readily available to lower levels with a radon mitigation system.
Since radon is not detectable by one's natural senses, specialty radon testing equipment is required for detection.
Passive devices are widely available to the public, these include charcoal canisters and other non powered mediums. After appropriate exposure time the medium is sent to a certified laboratory for analysis and results.
Active devices require power to operate. Continuous radon monitors are the most commonly used devices. They collect measurements hourly with results available as soon as the test duration is complete. This type of device is specifically designed to deter and detect interference, providing a more reliable radon testing result.
If elevated levels are discovered after testing, not to worry, you have options for corrective measures. Installation of a radon mitigation system will in most cases produce a significant reduction of level. Lowering the level is dependent on the type of construction and other factors.
Radon mitigation is achieved in many ways, this could be as simple as sealing cracks and openings in concrete walls and floors.
In most cases, a system with a suction pit(s), sealed vapor barrier, vent pipe, and fan(s) to reduce radon levels. The most effective system depends on multiple factors and each radon mitigation system is unique to the individual property. Radon testing is always performed after the mitigation system is active to verify levels.