Radon Raleigh NC

Every home or office has radon present in Raleigh as well as the surrounding areas, and you need to know what your radon levels are. Have a Raleigh radon test performed by using a state of the art digital radon monitor and performed by an InterNACHI and IAC2 certified radon tester.

Radon Gas is a common problem here in Wake County. Radon is a radioactive gas that comes from deep within the earth and migrates into homes all around the United States. When radon gas enters your home, it then becomes trapped by tight construction techniques that keep your home well sealed and energy-efficient. It then enters our lungs, and long-term exposure can be deadly.

If you’re buying a home here in Raleigh, regardless if it’s new construction or 100 years old, you could be purchasing a home with high radon levels. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that roughly 21,000 people die each year from radon alone, and also, according to the EPA, radon gas is a class A carcinogen and is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States today. Only smoking causes more lung cancer deaths. If you smoke and your home has elevated radon levels, your risk of getting lung cancer becomes exceptionally high. Ask us about including a radon test with a home inspection for a discount.

Why test for radon?

The EPA, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Surgeon General, the American Medical Association, and the American Lung Association all recommend that EVERY home below the third floor should have a radon test. Extensive occupational health hazards research performed on employees in the mining industry has shown a strong correlation between radon exposure and lung cancer.

Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers and presents additional risk to smokers. Lung cancer, while treatable, has one of the highest mortality rates among all cancer types. Indoor air quality is essential to the health of you are your family. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with a professional radon inspector.

What is radon?

Radon is a colorless, odorless, naturally occurring radioactive gas from the breakdown of uranium in soil, rock, and water, and as it enters the home, it gets into the air you breathe. Radon can be found all over the United States and can get into any building such as homes, offices, schools, day-cares, etc. You and your family are most likely to have a higher exposure at home, where you spend most of your time.

How does radon enter your Raleigh home?

Radon gas is a radioactive gas originating from the natural decay of uranium and found in nearly all soils. It moves up through the ground, into the air above ground, and into your home. It does this through cracks and other holes in the foundation. Your home then traps radon inside, where it can build up and be breathed in by you and your family. Any home can have a radon problem, and this means new and old homes, well-sealed and drafty homes, and homes with or without basements. Indoor radon can be controlled and managed with cost-effective techniques.

Radon gets into your home in many ways, such as:

  • Cracks in concrete slabs

  • Spaces behind brick veneer walls that rest on uncapped hollow-block foundations

  • Pores and cracks in concrete blocks

  • Floor-wall joints

  • Exposed soil, as in a sump or crawl space

  • Weeping (drain) tile, if drained to an open sump

  • Mortar joints

  • Loose fitting pipe penetrations

  • Open tops of block walls

  • Building materials: brick, concrete, rock

  • Well water

About one out of every 15 homes in the United States are estimated to have elevated radon levels. Elevated levels of radon gas have been found in many homes right here in Raleigh as well. While radon problems may be more common in some areas than others, any home can have an issue with it, and the only way to know the level that your home falls within is to schedule a test.

Why is radon a health risk?

The EPA estimates that about 21,000 lung cancer deaths each year in the United States are radon-related. Exposures to radon gas are the second leading cause of lung cancer only after smoking. Radon is an odorless, tasteless, and invisible and is also a form of radiation and a proven carcinogen. Lung cancer due to radon exposure in the air is the only known effect on health. So far, there is no evidence showing that children are at higher risk of lung cancer than are adults.

Radon in air is ubiquitous as it is found in outdoor air and in the indoor air of buildings of all kinds. The EPA recommends that your home should be fixed if the radon level is 4 pCi/L (picocuries per liter) or higher. Since no safe level of radon exposure is known, the EPA also recommends that Americans consider fixing their home for radon levels when it falls between 2 pCi/L and 4 pCi/L. The average radon level within the indoor air of American homes is about 1.3 pCi/L. It is upon this level that the EPA based its estimate of 21,000 radon-related lung cancer deaths each year. It is for this simple reason that the EPA recommends for Americans to consider mitigating their homes when the radon level is between 2 pCi/L and 4 pCi/L.

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Should you have a radon test in Raleigh NC?

Testing is the only way to know if you have high radon levels in your home. It is inexpensive, easy, and should only take a few minutes of your time. Millions of Americans have already tested their homes for radon, and the fix isn’t very difficult or expensive if your home is found to have elevated levels of radon. Radon reduction systems work and can even reduce radon levels by up to 99%. Even highly elevated levels can be reduced to a more acceptable level.

Contact us today to get a Raleigh radon test and stay on the path to keeping your family and future generation safe from the deadly effects of radon gas. Call us today, and we’ll discuss the simple and time-efficient process to getting a radon test in Raleigh.

Central North Carolina areas we most frequently serve for radon tests

Raleigh, Apex, Cary, Chapel Hill, Durham, Fuquay-Varina, Wake Forest, Clayton, Garner, Holly Springs, Knightdale, Morrisville, Rolesville, Wendell, Zebulon. If the town or city you live in isn’t listed, please give us a call, and we’ll be able to help you.

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