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Radon Testing

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Why a radon Test  is so important for homeowners:

With the unfortunate events involving the coronavirus pandemic, now is a good time to make sure that your home is a safe environment for you and your family to be in for longer periods of time.

As Covid-19 attacks the lungs and throat; it is very important to make sure that your lung health is optimal, and both mold and radon can be very detrimental to the human respiratory system. 

We offer Radon as stand-alone services. 

 

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Don't despair if your house tests high for radon levels. This is a often a fairly simple problem to fix, it is certainly not one to be overwhelmed by and should not be ignored or put on the back burner.

Call us any time to schedule your mold or radon (or both) inspection or to get more information on both. 

What is Radon?

Radon is an odorless, colorless gas that cannot be detected with our senses and it the leading cause of lung cancer in the US second only to smoking. It is truly something that can be corrected with better sealing or ventilation, however it has to be detected before it can be addressed. Radon is naturally occurring as part of normal soil decay, therefore it is impossible to tell which houses will have elevated radon levels, as most houses have some contact with soil. 

Unfortunately, much of the Greater Northern Virginia area has been identified as having potentially high radon levels, therefore it is especially important to check out your future or existing home, as this will make you better informed going forward.

Schedule your radon test today get the information you need to help make your future or existing home safer and protect you and your loved ones. 

How to prepare for your Radon Test:

In order to get the most accurate test results it is best to close the house as much as possible. Doors and windows with the exception of regular entrances and exits, should stay closed. Opening and closing doors and windows will change the air flow and temperature in the home, temporarily changing the radon level as well. It is also important to close the house up and keep it closed as much as possible for at least 12 hours before your test. Some household appliances will alter the ventilation in the home as well. Window and attic fans, fireplaces and wood-burning stoves all generate drafts and pull air through the home. Please try not to use these appliances unless they are your primary source of climate control etc.

You will also need a space for the radon test kit to be placed; the kit itself is not very large and should not be disturbed eg. moved, touched etc for the duration of the test. You will want a place that it is safe from such interference from incidental traffic, pets, children etc. It will have to be placed approximately 20" above the floor, at least 4" away from interior walls, 12" from exterior walls and at least 3' from exterior windows and doors.

Your Radon Test Tech will help you pick the best spot. Please refer to the graphic below for clarification:

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