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Radon Gas Testing in Naperville Home

Why Radon Testing is Necessary

You cannot see, smell, or taste radon, but it still may be a problem in your home. 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 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.

What if radon gas is found?

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.

Does insight do radon gas mitigation?

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:

  • EPA recommends that you know what the indoor radon level is in any home you consider buying. Ask the seller for their radon test results. If the home has a radon-reduction system, ask the seller for information they have about the system.
  • If the home has not yet been tested, you should have the housed tested.
  • If you are having a new home built, there are features that can be incorporated into your home during construction to reduce radon levels.
  • The radon testing guidelines have been developed specifically to deal with the time-sensitive nature of home purchases and sales, and the potential for radon device interference. These guidelines are slightly different from the guidelines in other EPA publications which provide radon testing and reduction information for non-real estate situations.

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Radon entering home
Areas where radon can enter

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.