National Radon Action Month: The Importance of Radon Testing

January is National Radon Action Month. This very important yearly event is a great reminder of the importance of testing your home for radon. Radon is a health hazard, but it has a simple solution. Have you yet to perform radon testing on your Wayzata home? Call the experts at Ameripec Home Inspection Service and one of our experts can come to your home and perform a radon test. Until then, here is a helpful map of local radon zones and additional information from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). With radon being such an important issue, we would like to provide you with some need-to-know information on radon and radon testing to help keep you and your family safe.

What is Radon?

Radon is an odorless, colorless and tasteless gas that is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. And, you may not even know you are being exposed to it. The only way to know for sure if radon is a problem is by having professional radon testing.

How Common is Radon?

Every home has radon in it. But, there is a certain level of radon that the EPA advises as the “action level” or level when you should take action against it. The “action level” is 4.0 pCi/L. However, readings below 4.0 are still harmful. The World Health Organization recommends that any home with a reading between 2.7 pCi/l and 3.9 pCi/l should be tested again with a long-term test, typically lasting three months to a year.

How do I Get Accurate Radon Testing?

It is very important to hire a professional home inspection service like Amerispec to perform radon testing for you. There are very strict EPA protocols that require extremely accurate testing. And, when you hire a professional to perform your radon testing, you ensure these guidelines are met. Although there are at-home tests, Amerispec’s professional equipment is far superior to these. We use continuous read monitors (CRMs) to provide hourly read-outs of temperature, pressure and humidity as well as radon so we can see how those environmental factors may be effecting the radon average. And, our radon testing services are 100% unbiased, so you can rest easy knowing the results are totally impartial.

How Do You Reduce Radon Levels?

Once the high level of radon has been confirmed through radon testing, some type of radon mitigation system should be installed. And, there are many companies who specialize in these important systems, so finding one should be easy. And, our experts are here to help whenever needed.

My Neighbor’s Home Was Fine, Doesn’t that Mean Mine Should be too?

This is a very common misconception. Just because your neighbor has had radon testing done on their home, this doesn’t mean your home will have the same levels. Every home is different. Since radon levels vary, the only real way to know for sure is by having your own radon testing done.

Ready to learn more about radon testing in Wayzata? Call AmeriSpec Home Inspection Service at 952-854-5110, or Contact Us today!