More About Radon Gas

Door To Door Home Inspections uses tamper proof, continuous monitors.  This insures the most accurate test for a real estate transaction or simply for peace of mind.  The continuous monitor detects any unusual swings in the hourly readings of radon, temperature, and humidity caused by opening the surrounding windows.  Tilt and power sensors detect if the monitor is moved to a different location.  Hourly barometer readings will even detect a false high caused by extreme weather.  All data is reviewed by trained professionals for any signs of suspected tampering.

Because radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer, the Surgeon General and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommend testing all homes for radon and mitigating those with an average concentration of 4 picoCuries per liter (4pCi/L) or higher.  Even if your test result is below 4 pCi/L, EPA suggests testing again sometime in the future.
 
 1% of the proceeds from all radon testing performed by
Door To Door Home Inspections will be donated to help fighting cancer. 
 
Should every home be tested for radon?
YES. Testing is the only way to know if you and your family are at risk from radon. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Surgeon General recommend testing all homes.Testing is inexpensive and easy. Millions of Americans have had their homes tested for radon.

What is radon?
Radon is a cancer-causing radioactive gas. You cannot see, smell or taste radon, but it may be a problem in your home. The Surgeon General has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States today. If you smoke and your home has high radon levels, you're at high risk for developing lung cancer. Some scientific studies of radon exposure indicate that children may be more sensitive to radon. This may be due to their higher respiration rate and their rapidly dividing cells, which may be more vulnerable to radiation damage.
 
Where is radon found?
The major source of high levels of radon in homes is soil surrounding and under the house, particularly soil containing uranium. Radon is found all over the U.S. and the world. Some areas have more radon problems than others because of varying concentrations of radon-producing minerals in the soil, variation of soil types from one place to another, and different characteristics found in individual homes. Radon problems have been identified in every state. EPA estimates that as many as 1 in 15 homes have elevated annual radon levels.
 
What are the health risks?
Almost all scientists agree that radon is a health hazard to humans and that it causes lung cancer. Risk calculation and the action level usually raise debate. The EPA has declared radon to be a "Class A Carcinogen," which means that it has been shown to cause cancer in humans. Radon gas decays into radioactive solid particles that can get trapped in your lungs when you breathe. As the particles break down further, they release small bursts of energy that can damage lung tissue and lead to lung cancer. Not everyone exposed to elevated levels of radon will develop lung cancer. The amount of time between exposure and the onset of disease may be many years. Smoking combined with radon exposure is an especially serious health risk. You can reduce your risk of lung cancer by stopping smoking and lowering the radon level in your home.
 
How does radon get into homes?
Radon is a soil gas that typically moves up through the ground to the air above. Air pressure inside a home is usually lower than pressure in the soil around the home's foundation. Because of the difference in pressure, a house acts like a vacuum, drawing radon in through dirt floors, hollow-block walls, cracks in the foundation floor and walls, and openings around floor drains, pipes and sump pumps. Any home may have a radon problem. This includes new, old, well-sealed or drafty homes, and homes with or without basements. Radon is generally more concentrated at lower levels, like basements, ground floors and first floors.
 
My neighbor got a low reading, so I should not have a problem ... should I?
Radon test results from other homes in the neighborhood should not be used to estimate the radon level in a particular home. Homes which are next to each other can have different indoor radon levels. In fact, one of the highest levels ever found in a home (>3,000 pCi/L) was across the street from a home which measured less than 4 pCi/L. Testing is the only way to know.
 
We are trained to assist you with all your radon concerns and questions. 
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