Understanding Radon Testing

Radon is a radioactive gas present in some homes. Testing is the only way to know if your home has high levels of radon.

What is radon?

Radon is a colorless, odorless radioactive gas that’s produced by decaying uranium. It’s present in nearly all soils, but more concentrated in some areas.

Why is radon a problem?

The problem occurs when radon gas enters your home and builds up inside. Long-term exposure to high levels of radon can cause lung cancer. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that lung cancer caused by radon exposure kills about 21,000 Americans every year.

How does radon get in your house?

Radon gas moves from the soil into a home. Any house, of any age, in any state, can have elevated radon levels, the EPA warns. The characteristics of your house and the surrounding soil may combine to create a radon level different from your neighbors.

 

How does Bluebird test your home for radon?

Bluebird Home Inspections' lead inspector, Karl Haiss, is a certified INAC Radon Inspection Specialist. Karl will use the appropriate methods and technology to test your home usually in a 48-hour test.

 

What if elevated radon levels in your house?

If your house has high radon levels, there are a variety of repairs and mitigation systems you can use to lower radon levels in your home. For more information, contact your state radon office.

Certified Radon Measurement Inspectors have demonstrated knowledge of US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) protocols for conducting measurements of radon gas levels utilizing a wide range of radon gas measurement devices, including continuous radon monitors, for residential assessments and real-estate transactions. 

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