Radon is a gas that is produced by the decay of uranium and radium. Unlike some indoor pollutants, it cannot be detected by our senses. Radon occurs naturally in most soil and rock. Most homes have some radon present, as does the outdoor air. EPA estimates that 1 out of every 15 homes in America have high levels of radon.
Radon in a home’s air can come from three sources, soil gas, building materials or the water supply. Compared to entering a home through water, radon entering water through the soil is usually a much larger risk. If you are concerned about radon being present in your water then these tests are also available.
Radon in building materials is mainly found in stacked stone and granite counter tops. If radon levels are above 4.0 pCi/l it is a possibility that these materials may be part of the issue.
When radon gets trapped inside your home it starts to decay. The decay particles of radon are polonium 218, polonium 214, lead 214, and bismuth 214. Polonium 218 and polonium 214 do most of the lung damage in humans.
Radon is measured in picocurries per liter. The EPA considers radon levels of 4.0 pCi/l and above to be a threshold for installing a mitigation system in homes.
U.S. Surgeon General Health Advisory
“Indoor radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States and breathing it over prolonged periods can present a significant health risk to families all over the country. It’s important to know that this threat is completely preventable. Radon can be detected with a simple test and fixed through well established venting techniques.” January 2005
You may be asking yourself if you should have your home tested for radon and the answer is YES.
Protect yourself, Protect your family.
Superior Home Inspections is certified through the National Environmental Health Association/National Radon Proficiency Program. We use state of the art continuous radon monitors for testing. These monitors give us the ability to give you results on site, track real time variation of radon concentrations, and tampering features. If you want accurate testing radon monitors are the only way to go.
If you want to educate yourself more about radon all of the EPA’s information can be found at our website at:
If you want to schedule a radon test please visit our Inspection Request page or give us a call at (678)-410-3005