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If you want to check how much radon is in your home, radon testing is the only way. The results will tell you if the levels are high and if protection needs to be installed. Our state-of-the-art computerized test monitors take readings every hour for 2-4 days and give a printout of each daily reading as well as an average radon level for the testing period. This is the most accurate short-term test available providing you with accurate results quickly, so if you’re worried about toxic levels in your home, we can help.
If your radon levels are elevated, don’t worry! Radon levels can be reduced to below the EPA’s guidelines and shouldn’t get in the way of you living/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. There are several methods we can use to mitigate or eliminate the dangerous levels of radon in your home. Such as:
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.
Unfortunately, we aren’t able to do the improvements ourselves, but we will give you a list of Radon Mitigators that will help you fix the issue!
If you are Buying a Home:
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.