In this article, I’ll attempt to clear up the confusion regarding the necessity of Radon testing.
What is Radon?
Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas. It is odorless, tasteless and is the second leading cause of lung cancer. Radon is caused by the decay of uranium and radium which are present in most rocks and soils. Radon moves into homes through floors and walls, including concrete foundations.
When does Radon become dangerous?
The EPA recommends repairing any home that has Radon levels above 4.0 pCi/L and considering repairs for levels between 2 and 4 pCi/L. It is important to note that there is no known level of Radon that is considered safe and prolonged exposure to low doses may be hazardous.
The EPA and Surgeon General recommend having a Radon test performed whenever you buy, or sell, a house. Retesting is recommended every 5 years, if the levels were found to be below 4.0 pCi/L, or every two years if Radon levels were over 4.0 pCi/L.
How Tactical Inspections MI tests for Radon
At Tactual Inspections MI, we use a Continuous Radon Monitor to record hourly Radon levels for 48 hours. Depending on the levels found, we may follow that up by a longer test, to confirm that remediation is necessary.
Can I test for Radon myself?
Absolutely, there are a number of reliable home testers available. We do recommend hiring a professional, as they will provide more detailed results, in a faster timeline, which is important for real estate transactions. Professionals also undergo training, which helps them to measure results in the proper way, which will lead to more accurate results. Click the link below for a sample report.
Can high Radon levels be fixed?
Yes! Radon mitigation is actually a fairly straightforward and not terribly expensive process. Depending on the construction of your home, there are several different ways to mitigate the problem. One of the most common involves drilling a hole in the foundation slab and installing an exhaust pipe with a fan, which will release the Radon to the exterior of the home (above the roofline) and depressurize the area below the foundation, stopping air from leaking into it. Typical costs to have such a system professionally installed range from $750-$1,500. For ethical reasons it is recommended to use different companies to test for and remediate Radon. Once the Radon remediation system is installed, a new test should be run by the same company that ran the first test.
The EPA has excellent information on Radon that you can find in the links below.
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