Radon Testing & Radon Inspection
Serving St. Louis, MO. The only way to know if you and your family are at risk is to have your home tested for radon.
Radon is a natural-occurring radioactive gas that is odorless, colorless, and tasteless. It is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. The EPA estimates that about 21,000 people die each year from radon-related lung cancer.
The only way to know if you and your family are at risk is to have your home tested for radon. It is estimated that 1 out of every 15 homes in the U.S has elevated radon levels. Contact Gateway Home Inspection Services today to get answers to your questions about radon or schedule a radon inspection.
Radon Testing & Inspection
How Radon Gets Into a Home
Radon is naturally released from the ground into the air. But because it is diluted into low concentrations, it is not a concern. However, when radon is released from the earth under a home or building, it has nowhere to go but up through the flooring system into cracks and spaces and makes its way into living spaces. Also, a home can trap radon inside, where it builds up over time.
Any home has the potential to have a radon problem. This includes new and old homes, well-sealed or drafty homes. You could live in an area with low environmental radon but still have significant levels in your home.
The most common ways radon enters a home include:
- Cracks in solid floors
- Construction joints
- Gaps around service pipes
- Cracks in the walls
- Cavities in the walls
- Basement sump pumps
- Water supply
St. Louis Radon Inspections
The number one defense against the dangers of radon is to have your home inspected. Gateway Home Inspection Services will help protect you and your family against these dangers by testing the radon levels in your home. By employing advanced testing equipment, we can accurately measure radon levels and help you understand the risks and ways to avoid this potential danger.
Testing for radon in your home requires that we set up specialized equipment to collect air samples for 48 hours. After 48 hours, our radon inspector will return to determine if unsafe radon levels exist in your home.
If radon is detected, the good news is that steps can be taken to mitigate radon exposure to safe levels. If you need to have your home tested for radon, call Gateway Home Inspection Services.