Radon Testing & Mitigation
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RADON TESTING & MITIGIATION
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Healthy Homes Restoration tackles the invisible menace of radon by performing extensive testing and remediation. Our years of experience in mold and indoor air quality give us the depth of knowledge needed to ensure your home is safe from radon. You can expect the same care for your health and adherence to strict standards that we uphold in all aspects of our business.
Radon is an invisible, tasteless, odorless, and radioactive gas that is responsible for over 25,000 lung cancer deaths per year. It occurs naturally in Alabama. Soil, rocks, and water naturally contain uranium which radioactively decays and is released into the air we breathe as radon gas. This radioactive decay releases radon gas particles, which travel upwards through the soil into the air we breathe.
The Dangers of Radon
Maybe you think you shouldn’t be worried about radon because your neighbor doesn’t have a radon problem. Not so! Radon is a tricky beast, and two houses next door to one another may have vastly different levels of radon.
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When Should I Test for Radon?
You should test right now. The Environmental Protection Agency has stated clearly that every home in the country needs to be tested for radon. Again, if your neighbor’s house doesn’t have radon, that doesn’t mean that your house doesn’t have radon.
You should also test every two years after any mitigation measures are implemented, and any time there’s a change in the building, like a remodel or a replacement of a central air conditioning system.
Fast, Accurate Radon Testing
Because radon is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas, we have to use special equipment to test for it. There are a number of different options for testing, but we recommend one of two systems. The first is a 48-hour minimum test. We will deploy a special charcoal canister into your home, and then we’ll retrieve it in 48 hours. The substances in that canister will register the radon level, and we’ll be able to determine whether and how much radon you have, and make a plan from there.
When you’re selling or buying a home, you or your buyer might want to have the home tested for radon. It’s always a good idea to check, and knowing what you’re up against can help you negotiate the best mitigation measures for your real estate deal. For real estate transactions we recommend what’s called a CRM (continuous radon monitor) that will give you an hourly radon reading over a period of time. This CRM test will give you exactly the information you need, detailed and informative, to let you know what your radon risk level is.
“The fact is that any radon in the air is a risk to human health; the key thing is to minimize that risk. 4 pCi/liter is the highest acceptable level of radon to reach those goals.”
What’s An Acceptable Radon Level?
Radon concentration is measured in picocuries per liter (pCi/L). A picocurie is the measure of the radioactive decay of radon. In technical terms, one pCi is one-trillionth of a Curie. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, it’s safe to have radon levels up to 4 pCi per liter of air. Any higher than this level, and you need mitigation. The EPA set this standard in 1986 for a number of reasons, but the most important reason is that mitigation of radon to 4 pCi per liter is the best and most achievable measure for human safety and the reduction of lung cancer deaths.
If you have a radon level above 4 pCi/L, then you need to look into radon mitigation measures. After all, you don’t want to mess with radiation. You might think that being exposed to radiation might give you superpowers – but no, radiation is much more likely to give you cancer, and radon is radioactive.
Thorough and Complete Radon Mitigation
You’re probably wondering – how much is this going to cost me? The answer is: Likely not as much as not mitigating will cost you, especially if you have high levels of radon in your home. Yes, radon is invisible, colorless, tasteless, odorless, but it can still cause lung cancer, and we’re sure you’ll agree that no amount of money is too much to prevent that kind of suffering.
Why Healthy Homes Restoration?
Healthy Homes Restoration has established a stellar reputation in mold remediation – another hazard to human health – and our company’s expansion into radon testing and mitigation is being handled with the same level of care and professionalism that our customers expect from us.
Contact us today for a consultation on your radon risk. We look forward to helping you get the peace of mind of knowing you’re safe from the dangers of this radioactive gas.