Why do radon testing?
Radon testing is the only way to detect radon in the air or water. Connecticut is one of the states that is known to have high levels on radon. We offer radon testing as part of our home inspection services.
Radon is a cancer-causing radioactive gas.It is invisible and has no odor but a home with high levels can pose health problems.. The Surgeon General has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States today. If you smoke and your home has high levels, you’re at high risk for developing lung cancer. Some scientific studies of high exposure indicate that children may be more sensitive to radon. This may be due to their higher respiration rate, their rapidly dividing cells, which may be more vulnerable to radiation damage.
Radon can also be found in water. There are additional test to determine if it is present in the water. Depending on the levels there are systems to remove the radon from the air.
Where does radon come from?
Radon comes mainly from the the soil beneath the house,. Radon can also come from water. Radon tests can be performed to determine if here is an elevated level in the home.
Testing is the only way to know your home’s radon levels. There are no immediate symptoms that will alert you to the it’s presence. Consequently, it takes years of exposure before any problems surface.Testing for radon helps to make sure that the home your are purchasing is a safe environment. Many municipalities require that this testing be done pre-purchase to help protect the home buyer. The cost for remediation can be expensive. It is important to know if the home you are considering needs remediation. Typically, the seller would be responsible. However, the costs could be negotiated in the selling price.
What happens if the levels are high?
If the levels are over 4 pCi\L require remediation. There are many specialists in Connecticut. We have included links to Remediation specialists here: Connecticut Department of Environmental protection Radon Remediation Specialists List