Be confident the air you breathe is healthy. Our radon certified inspectors perform a visual evaluation of key areas where radon can enter. Radon levels are found in most homes and therefore we recommend testing for radon with every home inspection. This will determine if your home has a safe radon level and a healthy environment. And we get quick results.
Radon is a cancer-causing, radioactive natural gas that you can’t see, smell or taste and its unknown presence in your home can pose a danger to your family’s health. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers and the second-leading cause of lung cancer in America, claiming about 20,000 lives annually.
Radon can seep into homes through small spaces and openings, such as cracks, floor drains, sump pump openings, floor joists in basements and even through well water. Some areas in the US have a much higher concentration of radon than others. The EPA estimates that nearly 1 out of every 15 homes in the US has an elevated level of radon.
A simple and inexpensive radon test can be performed by Big Moose Home Inspections to determine if you have an elevated radon level in your home and if a relatively simple but much needed mitigation procedure is in order. Radon mitigation systems are becoming more common as people are aware of the health risk caused by high levels of radon. These mitigation systems can usually be purchased and installed for under $1500.
In homes that have a private water supply, radon may also be found in the well water. Radon in water contributes to the radon levels in the air, and radon levels may be higher in the shower, around the washing machine, etc. If a test of radon in the air detects elevated radon (4.0 pCi/L or higher), a radon test of the well water is recommended. The EPA suggests that steps be taken to reduce radon levels in water if the measurement is greater than 4000 pCi/L.
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