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Radon Testing

Radon Testing

We are licensed to perform Radon Testing in New York and New Jersey

Radon is estimated to cause about 21,000 lung cancer deaths per year, according to EPA's 2003 Assessment of Risks from Radon in Homes. This is more than for other causes of death such as drunk driving, falls in homes, drownings and home fires. The Surgeon General has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States today. Radon can not be seen, smelled or tasted. Radon gas decays into radioactive particles that can get trapped in your lungs when you breathe. Testing is the only way to know if you and your family are at risk from radon. We offer radon testing services in New York and New Jersey.

Radon gas information

Radon is an invisible radioactive gas produced by most rocks and soils. It is a single-atom gas whose atoms easily penetrate through openings in foundations and pores in concrete, paints or surface sealers, and even most plastics.

Radon gas is a very potent carcinogen and children are particularly susceptible. It is the second leading cause of lung cancer, which is the leading killer among cancers.

Testing radon in every home.

Elevated radon levels have been found in every state. EPA recommends radon testing of all homes. Radon testing is essential before putting a house on the market to allow time for radon mitigation and before buying a house or basement remodeling.

If you have a private well, test the radon level in your water with our radon-in-water test kit. Showering, cooking, dishwashers, and washing machines release radon gas into the air. As a rule of thumb, each 10,000 pCi/L in water contributes 1 pCi/L to indoor air.

Every year, repeat the radon test!

Test the radon level in your home every year! Radon test kits are inexpensive and your family’s health is at stake. Since radon levels fluctuate depending on weather and season, long-term test kits provide a more reliable result.

Concrete becomes more porous over time, joints or cracks open up, and underground flows of radon shift. Whether or not you have a radon mitigation system, your radon level might increase dramatically. Radon test results are considered invalid after two years. EPA recommends that homeowners repeat the radon test regularly.

Radon: There is no safe level.

EPA's recommendations to homeowners:

  • If your radon level is 2 pCi/L or higher, definitely consider fixing your home.

  • If your radon level is 4 pCi/L or higher, fix your home.

However, EPA warns that there is no "safe" radon level! The vast majority of radon-induced lung cancers occur in homes with radon concentrations below the 4 pCi/L "Action Level." The Radon Act has set the target radon level in homes at 0.4 pCi/L.

If you just settle for 4 pCi/L, your home will be more radioactive than 94% of U.S. homes. The lung cancer risk to each member of the family increases by 50 percent and is equivalent to smoking 8-10 cigarettes a day.