What is Radon?
Radon is a colorless, odorless, radioactive gas that’s produced by decaying uranium. It’s present in nearly all soils, and very low levels of radon are found in the air we breathe every day, according to the American Cancer Society.
Why is Radon a Problem?
The problem occurs when radon gas enters your home and gets trapped. Long-term exposure to high levels of radon can cause lung cancer. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that lung cancer caused by radon exposure kills about 21,000 Americans every year.
How Does Radon Get in Your House?
The radon gas moves from the soil into a home. Although it can seep directly through pores in concrete, the worst entry points are gaps in walls and floors. Any house, of any age, in any state, can have elevated radon levels, the EPA warns. It really depends on the way your specific house interacts with the surrounding soil. Your neighbor’s radon level may differ substantially from yours. Radon poisoning is just one of the ways your house may be making you sick. Testing your home for radon is the only way to know whether your house is safe.
How do We Test for Radon?
Due to the EPA recommending that short term radon testing, which lasts for no longer than a week, be conducted under closed-building conditions, Starboard Property Inspections utilizes the RadonEye Pro Continuous Monitoring System. The inspector will conduct the test in the lowest livable area of your house that is regularly used 8 to 10 hours per week.
Short-Term Radon Measurement Device: RadonEye Pro Continuous Monitoring System
The RadonEye Pro is a professional continuous radon monitoring system which specifically specializes in official home inspections. A typical radon inspection duration for real estate transactions is 48 hours, however Starboard Property Inspections provides optional testing up to 240 hours (10 days). This highly developed, cutting edge system is equipped with an ionization chamber sensor that uses high precision measurement technology to measure radon alpha decay. The sensitivity of the sensor is 30 cph/pCi/l, and the radon level in the sealed space within 1 hour can be measured within ± 10% precision.
Results are available immediately following the duration of the test. A sample radon report is available here.
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