1 IN 5 HOMES HAVE ELEVATED LEVELS OF RADON. TESTING IS THE ONLY WAY TO KNOW IF YOUR FAMILY IS AT RISK.
Radon is a cancer-causing, radioactive gas
You cannot see, smell, or taste radon. But it still may be a problem in your home. when you breath air containing radon, your 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. And if you smoke and your home has high radon levels, your risk of lung cancer is especially high.
SHOULD YOU TEST FOR RADON?
Testing is the only way to find out your home’s radon levels. EPA and the Surgeon General recommends testing all homes below the third floor for radon. We recommend testing all types of building where you are planing on living. this included apartments, condo’s, and townhouses. We have actually tested and found high radon levels in a 13 story condo.
ORDER A RADON TEST WITH YOUR HOME INSPECTION TODAY!
WHAT IS RADON SHOULD YOU BE WORRIED?
THIS IS THE STATE MAP OF RADON IN FLORIDA.
Radon is a tasteless, odorless, and invisible gas that comes up out of the ground from the natural decomposing process of uranium rock in the soil. The Surgeon General has warned that Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. It was estimated that 20,000 lung cancer deaths are caused by radon each year. The elderly and small children are more susceptible to radon than middle aged adults. Regardless, it should be clearly stated that this is something you don not want large concentrations of in your home.
RADON CONCENTRATION IN THE HOME
WHAT IS YOUR RISK?
Did you know that our homes are like large vacuums? Most of our home have negative pressure in them. It is because of this negative pressure that radon is literally suck from the ground and lock inside of our houses allowing the concentration levels to build. Radon mis measured in pCi/L. Any house that I greater than 4 pCi/L is considered elevated and should consider having a radon mitigation system installed.
CONCRET SLAB FOUNDATIONS & RADON
There is a huge misconception in Florida. Most home owners think that their slab on grade home cannot have radon leaks because the radon gas cannot get through the slab. This is mostly false. I have never found a concrete slab that is free of any cracks. I have removed several floor coverings in homes and have never seen a house where there are no cracks, or any other holes left in the slab. There are two things that I know about concreate. The first is that it’s hard and the second is that it’s going to crack. Radon gas can seep through these small holes and crack and enter the house. Plumbing pipes are a prime location for this to happen. Holes that were made for plumbing can be a compromised area where radon gas can enter the home.
So here is the truth, if your house is built on a concrete slab, the only way to truly know if your house has elevated levels of radon gas is to test for it.
Learn more about Radon. Read my Blog “Radon in Florida“.