We have been testing for Radon Gas for nearly 20-years. Radon levels are high throughout the entire state of Utah. It is important that you and your family are aware of the issues associated with Radon Gas. Out testing is performed with a continuous monitor. When purchasing a home, you should always test to ensure that the levels are not at an unsafe level. If the levels are high, it is fairly easy to install a radon mitigation system. As Radon Gas is odorless and tasteless, you and your family can be living with high Radon Gas and not even know it. We do not perform mitigation we only perform testing. For additional information please visit the state website at utah.radon.gov
Radon gas - even the name sounds ominous, evoking images of radiation and nuclear devastation. Radon Gas is created when uranium in the soil decays. The gas then seeps to the points of least resistance and eventually into homes. Common entry points are cracks in the foundation, poorly sealed pipes, voids in the earth and other possible areas. Once in the home, the gas can collect in certain areas especially basements and other low lying, closed areas and build up over time to dangerous levels. The Environmental Protection Agency of the US Government has set a threshold of 4.0 pico curies per liter as the safe level. As humans are exposed to the radon gas over a period of years, it can have a significant and detrimental effect.
How widespread is the problem? Radon Gas has been found in homes in all 50 states. Certain areas are more susceptible than others (http://www.epa.gov/radon/zonemap.html), but no location is immune. Concentrations of radon causing materials in the soil can be either natural or manmade. Homes built near historic mining operations may be at higher risk. The only way to tell for sure is to have a home tested. We have done thousands of Radon Tests in Sandy and surrounding counties for years. We find Radon Gas all the time.
Testing for radon comes in two forms: active and passive. Active Devises (which is what we utilize) constantly measure the levels of Radon Gas in a portion of the home and display those results. Passive devices collect samples over a period of time and then are taken away and analyzed. Either method can help you determine your level of risk. Do-it-yourself kits are available from a number of outlets, normally with passive devices. Over a period of days, the device is left in the lowest level of the home which is normally occupied. This eliminates crawl spaces under the house, but includes finished or unfinished basements. Then the results are analyzed by a professional. The other option is to engage a qualified professional to conduct the tests properly.
If high concentrations of radon are found in your home, installation of a Radon Gas Mitigation system is likely. These systems generally start at 2,500 dollars. It was worth it for me to have a Radon Gas Mitigation system installed in my own home for the safety of my family.
My own house Before purchasing my current home, the previous owner had performed a passive/long term test which were at acceptable levels. After moving into the property, the levels that were found were much higher then the passive test performed by the previous owner. The previous owners test was performed during the summer where all the doors and windows were left open. My test was performed in the winter during icy and cold conditions. The levels found in my home were over three times the acceptable levels set forth by the EPA. I had a system put and a following tests were at acceptable levels.
I will always lean towards the safety of my clients. I always recommend radon testing. It is not worth saving a couple of dollars when considering the potential safety hazard associated with Radon Gas. With all the things that affect us in our daily lives, its a relief not to have to worry about the place we consider our sanctuary.