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 Activated-Charcoal Adsorption canisters for testing. 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: Activated-Charcoal Adsorption
Activated-Charcoal Adsorption devices utilize an air-tight container filled with activated charcoal and covered with a screen and filter. The detector is opened in the area to be sampled and exposed to the air for a specified period of time (usually 48 hours). Radon present in the air adsorbs onto the charcoal, which is a process by which gases or vapors condense to create a thin film. At the end of the sampling period, the container is sealed and then sent by the inspector to the laboratory for analysis. Radon levels are then measured by the lab by counting with a sodium iodide detector. Each canister is bar coded to ensure proper identification.
This test kit is great for short term testing from 2 days to 7 days. Detectors are sent and analyzed by RTCA (Radon Testing Corporation of America), the #1 Radon Laboratory according to Ralph Nader's Consumer Advocacy Group. Results are available by phone, fax or e-mail that same day!
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