Why Should I test for Radon

Keep your Family Safe

Radon gasRadon Gas is dangerous to you and your loved ones. The EPA and the Surgeon General recommend testing all homes below the third floor for radon.  There are a few different ways to test for Radon so be sure to choose the best option to keep your home safe. Schedule your Radon Gas Testing today.

Why Should I test for Radon?

A radioactive gas that many homeowners are testing for is Radon. This gas is produced by the natural combustion of rock, uranium in soil, and water; it seeps into the air you breathe. This gas travels up from the ground and through the air, it slips through cracks and gets into homes and other places with foundations.

Be careful if you pump well water Radon can enter your home as well. If your water source is from the ground up, test for radon. Once the Radon gets into your home it can be trapped there without any warning to you or your family.

No matter if you have a new home or an old home, it is possible that Radon can get into the air or water. Almost 1 out of every 15 homes in the United States is estimated to have an elevated radon level (4 pCi/L or more).

How can I get a reliable test for Radon?

South Florida Home Inspection would gladly test your home for Radon. Although you cannot see radon it is not hard to get a test done. Radon is measured in “Picocuries per liter of air” also known as “pCi/L”. When buying or selling a home it is best to let a qualified tester like South Florida Home Inspection do your testing. However, if you are looking for a more cost-effective solution and not interested in moving out of your home or into a new one, there are low costing Radon test kits where you can do it yourself.

You can test your home for radon by doing long-term test and short-term test.

Long-term testing gives you result year round allowing you to know if you should have a professional come out to your home to remove the Radon gas. Long-term testing provides better results for Radon gas in homes and can keep family safer. The long-term tests lasts more than 90 days and can be done year round, by professionals, or kits, allowing the residents to know if they have a radon issue.

Short term testing can take from two days until 90 days, it may depend upon which device you choose. Though Short term tests are a good start to being safe, they should not be the only way to test your home for Radon. Because of the various ways Radon can come into your home, Radon can be a problem any time throughout the year.

Radon and Water

Water is one of the main sources of Radon gas polluting the air of your home. Though soil is a more common source, Radon in your water puts you at risk of inhalation and ingestion. Though you are at more of a risk of getting lung cancer from breathing Radon in from the air please be aware that you can also get stomach cancer from ingesting Radon. When you shower or cook and the Radon circulates into the air from the steam there is a good chance you can inhale the Radon.

If your water is produced from the ground be aware, no matter if it is from a private source or a public system. However, when your water sources comes from surface Radon may not be an issue.

Myths about Radon

  • One of the most prominent myths is that if a neighbor does not have Radon than you do not either.

–          This is not true at all. Radon levels can vary from home to home.

  •  Another myth is that Radon is only a problem in certain areas of the U.S.

–          This is not true at all.  There are high Radon levels being found in every state. Though Radon varies from area to area, each area should be checked.

Why South Florida Home Inspection is a good choice?

A trusted professional is always good to call when working with a dangerous chemical. You want to be sure that you are testing correctly and keeping you and your family safe as possible. Contact South Florida Home Inspection for your Radon gas test today.

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