What you need to know about Radon Remediation
SWAT Environmental is a radon testing and mitigation company that works across all 50 States. They have agreed to answer some of the most commonly asked questions that they receive from homeowners about radon and radon testing from all 50 states.
Is radon a ‘real’ scientific problem? This is a great question and one of the most commonly asked ones. In today’s society we are often bombarded with information that we think is real but has no scientific information to back it up, but the truth is that radon gas is a real thing – so real that it is an element on the periodic table! It is a radioactive gas that causes lung cancer when it is inhaled, and it is especially harmful for people that are already smokers and puts them at an even higher level of risk for lung cancer.
Does radon gas levels increase in just some part of the country? Radon and radium (which is the element that produces radon gas) is present all over the United States. It is found in all kinds of rocks, including uranium ores, phosphate, shales, all metamorphic rocks such as granite, and even very common rocks such as limestone. On average, one square mile of dirt will have at least 1 gram of radium within the first six inches of earth. This amount can increase in certain areas in much the same way that we see veins of other elements such as gold and silver in the earth.
I have been living in my home for years, is it too late to test it for radon? It is never too late to test your home for increased radon levels, and the process is pretty quick and easy to test. If your test results come back as above average, then you can talk to a professional radon company about what your options are for reducing the radon levels in your home.
What happens during the radon testing process? There are two types of radon testing, and most companies recommend that you start out with the short term testing. Short term testing typically takes two to three days so you can get back more timely results and get started on a radon remediation plan immediately if it is needed. Long term testing can be a little more accurate but it takes about 90 days to complete. Most companies recommend that you do the short term testing first and then if your radon levels come back at above 4 pCi/L you should move on to long term testing.
What levels of radon gas in my home are safe? While radon is never exactly safe, the lower the levels of radon in your home the better. It might impossible to completely remove radon gas completely, but 1.3 pCi/L is the average normal level for the inside of a home. The EPA recommends that you consider Radon Mitigation measures if your tests come back anywhere from 2 to 4 pCi/L and you should most definitely call a professional if they are any higher than 4 pCi/L.