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Radon is invisible and odorless, making it difficult to detect. When you breathe air containing radon, you increase your risk of getting lung cancer. In fact, the Surgeon General of the United States has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States today.
If you want to check for radon in your home, you will need a specialized monitor. A qualified radon professional will tell you if the levels are high and if mitigation needs to be installed. During a pre-purchase evaluation our monitors take readings every hour for 2-4 days to then be interpreted by our specialist.
If a home’s radon levels are elevated, do not worry! Radon can be diverted from the home with a number of strategies. These methods will decrease levels to below the EPA’s guidelines and shouldn’t get in the way of you living in or buying a new home. Every home is different, so it’s critical that you consult a building professional such as Insight about the next steps. Methods include:
The USEPA and Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) has set the recommended action level for radon at 4.0 pCi/l. If your radon levels are 4.0 pCi/l or greater, you should start taking correcting measures.
A typical radon test is a 48-hour snapshot of radon levels, Ecosense offers a fine selection of monitors that work with a mobile app so you can track your radon levels year-round. If you want to make sure your home is safe before involving a radon mitigator, this is a great option. The monitor is yours to keep and is incredibly sensitive. Use the promo code “Insight” at checkout for a discount.
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Initially, every home should be tested for Radon. Later, retests should be performed every 3 - 5 years depending on your comport level and the initial findings. Also, make sure you repeat the tests after improvements have been made.
Radon is a radioactive gas. It comes from the natural decay of uranium that is found in nearly all soils.
Typically, it moves up through the ground to the air above, but with a house above the natural escape route, radon goes into your home through cracks and other holes in the foundation - This includes cracks in sump pump pits! Your home traps radon inside, where it can build up. Any home may have a radon problem. This means new/old homes, well-sealed/drafty homes, and homes with or without basements.
Radon monitors must be set for 48 hours to receive an accurate measurement of levels in a home. Results are typically provided within 24 hours after monitors have been picked up.
A home needs to be completely closed off for an accurate reading, which means doors, windows, must remain closed for 12 hours prior to the inspection. You may enter and leave, but windows need to remain closed. The home needs to be at a minimum of 60 degrees to be accurately tested.