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(Radon Measurement) $125.00

(Radon Measurement with Home Inspection) $100.00

(Radon Water Measurement) $50.00

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Radioactive radon is an inert (i.e., not chemically reactive), colorless, odorless gas, one in a chain of natural by-products of uranium decay. Radon is produced from the decay of radium released from uranium ore, which is ubiquitous in soils and rock worldwide. As radon forms in the earth, it rises to the surface where it dissipates rapidly in the air. However, when radon enters residential and other tightly enclosed structures, its concentration can rise to levels that increase cancer risk, particularly when inhabitants of homes with higher radon levels are exposed over a period of years. Inhaled radioactive alpha particles produced by radon’s two short-lived decay products can directly or indirectly damage DNA in lung cells.

Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States and the leading cause of lung cancer among people who have never smoked. People who smoke and are exposed to raised levels of radon have a much higher risk of lung cancer.

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RADON MEASUREMENTS;

Two conditions must be met prior Performing a radon test

1– Weather conditions should be without an imminent chance of heavy rain. The combination of low barometric pressures and raised sub slab pressures will invalidate any radon screening.

2– “Closed House Conditions” must be maintained for a period of 12 hours prior to the short-term radon screening. These conditions are as follows;

A. All external doors should be closed, except for normal entry and exit.

B. All windows should be closed.

C. Internal-external air exchange systems should be off. Examples include; high-volume attic fans, whole house fans, and window fans. Exceptions to this rule are Air-to air heat exchangers, air conditioning systems that recycle indoor air, and furnaces.

D. Ceiling fans, portable dehumidifier and air filters should not be used within 20 feet of the monitor.

E. Fireplaces should not be used during the test period and the flu damper should be kept closed, unless they are a primary heat source.

F. Dryers, range hoods and bathroom exhaust fans can be used in moderation.

G. If your home has a radon mitigation system, the system shall be running for at least 24 hours prior and continuously during the testing period.

H. If home is unoccupied, heating or air conditioning system must be set between 67-77F with fan in AUTO mode.

We arrive 48-72 hours prior to a home inspection and leave a testing device (Continuous Radon Monitor) at the home for two days (48 hours) prior to the inspection. The radon measurement will be given on site.

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