2 Locations Serving New Jersey, Pennsylvania & St. Louis, MO. Contact Gateway Home Inspection Services today to get answers to your questions about radon or schedule a radon inspection.
You may have heard of radon or radon testing, but do you know what it is? Has your home been tested for radon? These are important questions to know the answers to as long-term exposure to elevated radon levels in your home can cause lung cancer. In fact, according to the National Cancer Institute, it is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S.
These facts are not intended to scare you but rather raise your awareness, not just in what radon is but how you can protect your family. The only way to know if you and your family are at risk is to have your home tested for radon. Contact Gateway Home Inspection Services today to get answers to your questions about radon or schedule a radon inspection.
What is Radon?
Radon is a radioactive gas. It comes from the breakdown of naturally occurring radioactive elements in the soil and rocks. As part of the natural radioactive decay process, radon gas is produced. It is an odorless, invisible, and tasteless gas that seeps up through the ground and diffuses into the air. Radon gas is everywhere around us, but it exists at very low levels outdoors and is not dangerous.
When radon gas moves up through the soil to the surface, the problem occurs when the gas cannot diffuse into the air. When it seeps up under a house or building through the cracks and crevices in the basement, the gas diffuses into the air and gets trapped inside.
This is when radon gas becomes a serious health hazard. Any home can have elevated radon levels – new or old homes, well-sealed or drafty homes, and homes with or without basements.
Radon Testing for Your Home
Radon testing is the only way to know whether or not your home has elevated levels of radon in your home. 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.
Radon Testing Services
2 Locations Serving New Jersey, Pennsylvania & St. Louis, MO. 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.