Loppnow Home Inspections offers a reasonably priced Radon Test by means of an electronic measuring device that is placed in the lowest level of the residence for a period of at least 48 hours, with the results available at the end of the test.
U.S. Surgeon General Health Radon Advisory
"Indoor radon gas is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the United States and breathing it over prolonged periods can present a significant health risk to families all over the country. It's important to know that this threat is completely preventable. Radon can be detected with a simple test and fixed through well-established venting techniques."
Radon is a radioactive gas that is odorless, tasteless and colorless that comes from the natural radioactive breakdown of uranium in the soil. This is a concern in all homes with underground features because it has the capabilities of causing cancer when present in high doses. Radon can enter the house in many ways including:
Cracks in cement floors and walls
Sump Pump holes and drains
Gaps around utility pipes and wires
Crawl spaces leading directly into the dwelling
The EPA indicates that levels of 4 picocuries or higher are toxic to the human body and elevate the risk of lung cancer. It is estimated that 1 out of every 15 homes has an elevated radon level according to the EPA. This is why radon test's are important in any home inspection.
Please contact us for more information regarding radon testing.
If you are interested in learning more about radon and how it can affect one's health, please visit the United States Environmental Protection Agency's page on radon.