Radon Testing Oak Forest, Mokena, Lockport
We perform Radon Testing in Oak Forest, Lockport, Mokena, Oak Lawn, Palos Park and many other cities. Radon testing can be performed at the time of the home inspection, or as a stand alone test. The home inspector will begin the home inspection as the radon technician sets up the radon testing equipment. the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) and Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) recommends that all homebuyers have a radon test performed prior to purchasing a home. The only recommended testing process is that which is performed by a licensed radon measurement technician. As a home inspector I am able to contract with a licensed radon measurement testing company at a lower fee to you than if you had contracted them to perform the radon testing. This saves you money and provides a valuable service to your home inspection. Radon does not discrminate, it does not act differently in Oak Forest, Mokena, Oak Lawn, Lockport, or Palos Park, than it acts in other areas of Illinois. Radon is present all over the USA and Illinois. The question is "what is the level of radon in your home?" This is part of a home inspectors job, to help you know the condition of your home, and radon is a condition. The radon technician will service Oak Forest, Lockport, Palos Park, Mokena, Oak Lawn and many other areas. Ask us about radon testing when you schedule your home inspection.
Radon is a Radioactive Gas
Radon-222 is the decay product of radium-226. Radon-222 and its parent, radium-226, are part of the long decay chain for uranium-238. Since uranium is essentially ubiquitous in the earth's crust, radium-226 and radon-222 are present in almost all rock and all soil and water. Radon is a radioactive element that is part of the radioactive decay chain of naturally occurring uranium in soil. You can’t see radon. You can’t smell radon and you can’t taste radon. Unlike carbon monoxide and many other home pollutants, radon's adverse health effect, lung cancer, is usually not produced immediately. Thus you may be exposed to radon for many years without ever suspecting its presence in your home. The USEPA action level for radon is 4.0 picocuries per liter of air (pCi/L). The risk of developing lung cancer at 4.0 pCi/L is estimated at about 7 lung cancer deaths per 1000 persons. That is why USEPA and IEMA recommends reducing your radon level if the concentration is 4.0 pCi/L or more. Lung cancer in humans arising from radon exposure is recognized by the following health and environmental organizations:
American Medical Association
U.S. Surgeon General
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
U.S. Public Health Service
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Center for Disease Control
National Academy of Science
National Cancer Institute
World Health Organization
You Should Test for Radon
While scientists can estimate the approximate lung cancer deaths per 1000 people, no single individual's risk can be estimated. Testing is relatively inexpensive, easy and is the only way to know whether you are at risk. If you are involved in a real estate transaction, read the Radon Testing Guidelines for Real Estate Transactions. Radon testing in real estate transactions, which involve multiple parties and financial interests, is unique, and specific testing protocols are required.
Controlling Radon Exposure
Radon reduction techniques are used to stop radon entry and reduce indoor radon concentrations. Hiring a licensed Radon Mitigation Professional is the best way to reduce your indoor radon concentrations.
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