Radon is a naturally occurring odorless, colorless gas which is a radioactive decay particle associated with the break-down of uranium from the ground. Radon gas migrates through the soil and enters anything in contact with the soil such as the foundation of a home. Radon is present everywhere. Depending on the composition of the rock under a building and the way the gas migrates through the soil, the radon may be elevated beyond certain levels established by the EPA. Excellent general information regarding radon and the associated hazards is available from the EPA and State of Connecticut Department of Health Services.
Radon is a concern because elevated radon levels increase the risk of lung cancer. Radon is the second greatest cause of lung cancer following cigarette smoking. Elevated radon levels can be easily lowered by installation of a radon reduction system. The only way to know if your home has elevated levels of radon is to test for it. Radon-In-Air Analysis
TESTING FOR RADON IN AIR
When radon-in-air is tested during a home inspection, we utilize continuous monitors which provide instant information and a tamper-proof test, both of which are critical to the real estate transaction process. When a home is tested for an existing home owner for their own information, generally canisters are utilized. Canisters are tested by an independent third party laboratory guaranteeing unbiased analysis.
Generally, testing is performed in the basement of a home since radon gas enters the building through the foundation. However, there may be times when it is appropriate to test the lowest finished living level of a building to conform with government standards for conducting the test. These standards will be discussed with you as part of the testing procedure.
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