Testing is the only way to know your home’s radon levels. Rhode Island has moderate levels of radon gas, the EPA suggests that as many as 1 out of 5 homes have elevated radon gas levels. There are no immediate symptoms that will alert you to the presence of radon. It typically takes years of exposure before any problems surface. I test for radon gas in your home by using a continuous radon monitor. Why this equipment? Why a CRM? This test equipment monitors the radon gas levels in the air every hour for the EPA required 48 hour minimum period. The big advantage is this: I get results to you the day the testing stops. I don’t have to mail anything to a lab and wait for them, or worse yet, ask your realtor to do it for me (yes, I’ve seen this happen). I retrieve my own test equipment, download the result to my computer and you get an email report that meets RI Department of Health requirements. It’s that easy.
Radon is a cancer-causing radioactive gas. You cannot see, smell, or taste radon, but it may be a problem in your home. 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 radon levels, you’re at especially high risk for developing lung cancer. Some scientific studies of radon exposure indicate that children may be more sensitive to radon. This may be due to their higher respiration rate and their rapidly dividing cells, which may be more vulnerable to radiation damage.
Radon can also be found in water as well. There are various health risks including cancer for water borne Radon.
There are radon gas remediation techniques available for about $1000. For more information on radon visit www.radon.com