Radon and Radon Mitigation are gaining more and more attention around the globe and here in the United States. Over the past decade radon has built a reputation as the silent killer and has been linked to over 20,000 deaths each year from health complications from over exposure of radon gas. At the moment radon mitigation is not a mandatory affair in the public sector or in real estate transactions, however that may change in the near future. With more and more attention at the state level and nationally, radon testing may eventually become mandatory in homes after construction or during a residential and commercial real estate transaction. In addition, there may be more regulations and codes put into place for new construction of homes or commercial buildings. No matter how you break it down radon is a problem in every state across the nation and at some point it is a good idea to familiarize yourself with the information necessary to stay ahead of the game.
What is Radon?
Radon is produced from the breakdown of Uranium in the soil. It is un-detectable by humans and can only be detected through radon testing. Radon is linked to lung cancer and has been proven as the second leading cause of lung cancer deaths in the United States, second only to smoking.
How Radon Attacks
Radon infiltrates our homes through cracks in our foundations, through water, and the path of least resistance. Radon becomes a problem when it starts to build up over time and the levels of radon continue to climb especially with little to no ventilation. Radon gas at high levels will start to pose a health risk to those who live in the environment where the gas levels exceed 2.7pCi/L - 4.0pCi/L. It doesn't happen in the matter of weeks or months, instead it's when you are living or working in that environment for periods of years while inhaling those toxic levels of radon gas. Radon is all around us in the air we breathe outside or inside, but excessive levels of radon have been proven to cause health risks.
Radon testing is the only way to detect your indoor radon levels in your home or business. With-out radon testing you will not know if you need radon mitigation help or not. This is the most important and first step to take to ensure your home or business is safe from health risks of radon gas exposure.
Short Term Radon Testing
Short term radon testing takes place over the span of 5-7 days and is the best way to determine your immediate radon levels and can be used to determine if you need assistance with radon mitigation. Keep in mind that radon levels fluctuate through-out the year so getting a short term radon test will only give you levels from that time frame.
Long Term Radon Testing
Long term radon testing usually spans over the course of 90 days - years and this can be done to monitor and track your radon levels over a longer period of time giving you a more accurate level to determine the best course of action for your radon mitigation needs.
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