Radon Testing

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Radon is a radioactive gas that is present in most homes in Delaware County and throughout America. It can’t be seen, smelt, or tasted, but can create serious health issues. It is also believed to be the second highest cause of lung cancer, second only to smoking. In the vast majority of cases it will be found in extremely low levels that are unlikely to cause any major issues. High levels of radon gas can cause breathing problems and fatigue as well as the feeling of tightness in the chest and coughing. Our radon testing provision can quickly measure the levels of radon in your property and establish if it is likely to be a danger.

Can Radon Levels be reduced?
If high levels of radon gas are present in your home there are some steps available to reduce this. Charcoal and carbon air filters can be a big help. Charcoal is highly absorbent and can reduce the level of radon in the atmosphere. There are also several suction methods also available to remove radon from the soil, flooring and basements. Our radon testing can determine if any of these methods are required. It is also important to remember that radon levels can fluctuate over time. Periodic testing is highly recommended if high levels have been discovered in the past. The presence of plants can also help to clean the air, although this may not be enough to reduce the radon to satisfactory levels.

Can I conduct my own Radon Testing?
There are many do it yourself radon testing products available in a lot of hardware shops. There reliability is not always the best though, you will also need to pay a laboratory to analyze the results for you. Also, conducting your own radon testing is highly unlikely to satisfy a mortgage lender or insurance company. Professional testing and a detailed report from a licensed home inspection firm will be required. An FHA home inspection will also need to include a professionally carried out radon testing service. While private testing can provide an indication, for full peace of mind it is far better to trust the experts. We know that the health of your family is important to you and can provide you with an accurate reading of any radon levels present.

How long does Radon Testing take?
There are several methods available for testing radon levels present in your home. All radon testing should be conducted for a minimum of 48 hours. This is important to establish the middle ground as levels can fluctuate throughout the day and night. The use of household equipment such as a fireplace, or even opening a window can affect the reading. A 48 hour test will normally be sufficient to establish if your air is safe to breath. If a problem has been discovered then the levels should be monitored over a much longer period. Delaware County Home Inspection Services are masters of radon testing! We have been conducting highly accurate tests for radon for many years throughout the Delaware County, PA.