Radon Gas Testing inside your home

Radon Gas Testing

We have been certified as a Florida Radon Measurement Technician, and on the National level by the The National Radon Proficiency Program as a Residential Measurement Provider(NRPP). The Environmental Protection Agency  states every home should be tested for Radon gas. Every home contains a certain amount of Radon gas. In Florida, 1 in 5 homes have an excessive amount of Radon gas inside the home. The only way to find out if your home has a safe level of Radon gas is to have it tested by a Certified Radon Inspector.  With the installation of a proper Radon Mitigation System every home can be safe. To learn more about Radon Gas visit the Environmental Protection Agency's website and read The Citizens Guide To Radon. https://www.epa.gov/radon/citizens-guide-radon-guide-protecting-yourself-and-your-family-radon 

Radalink Radon Monitoring Systems

We've joined forces with Radalink Monitoring Systems. Radalink is my Radon Specialist and they provide electronic Radon Gas Monitoring equipment and issues accurate reports with your Radon Gas levels. 

Radon In Water

The radon in your water supply poses an inhalation risk and an ingestion risk. Research has shown that your risk of lung cancer from breathing radon in air is much larger than your risk of stomach cancer from swallowing water with radon in it. Most of your risk from radon in water comes from radon released into the air when water is used for showering and other household purposes. Radon in your home’s water is not usually a problem when its source is surface water. A radon in water problem is more likely when its source is ground water, e.g., a private well or a public water supply system that uses ground water. If you are concerned that radon may be entering your home through the water and your water comes from a public water supply, contact your water supplier. If you’ve tested your private well and have a radon in water problem, it can be fixed. Your home’s water supply can be treated in two ways. Point of-entry treatment can effectively remove radon from the water before it  enters your home. Point-of-use treatment devices remove radon from your water at the tap, but only treat a small portion of the water you use and are not effective in reducing the risk from breathing radon released into the air from all water used in the home. 

Elevated Radon Gas Levels is a Hazardous Condition With A Simple Solution

Based on several factors, including your home’s construction, a Licensed Radon Mitigation Contractor will design a radon mitigation system that will draw the radon gas from beneath your home and safely vent it above the roofline, or reconfigure your air conditing system to introduce fresh air, reducing the radon level to below 4.0 pCi/L. Usually, the system installed will be what is called an active soil depressurization (ASD) system. Before installing the ASD system, the mitgator will seal all major cracks, drains, sumps and crawlspaces. 

Radon FAQs

What is radon?


Radon is an odorless, colorless and tasteless naturally occurring radioactive gas that is in the air you breathe and the water you use for drinking, bathing and cooking. At high levels it is a serious health hazard. 


How does radon get into my home?


Radon gas can seep into your home from the soil beneath it through dirt crawlspaces, cracks in the foundation and walls, floor drains, pipes and sump pumps. If you get your drinking water from a well, it can also be a source of radon in your home. 


I don't live in an area with high radon, so am I safe?


Not necessarily. Even homes in areas considered at low risk for radon can have high radon levels. About 1 in 5 Homes In Florida have radon levels above the 4.0 pCi/L, the level at which the EPA recommends fixing your home. Although no absolutely safe level of radon has been determined, by following the EPA recommendation or the World Health Organization’s recommended level of 2.7 pCi/L, you will be helping to protect yourself and your family. The only way to know whether to fix your home is to test it for radon.


If radon is a health hazard, what are the symptoms?


Radon is a sneaky gas. Just as you can’t see it, smell it or taste it, it also gives you no warning that it is harming your health. There’s no rash or headache or fever. Radon causes lung cancer, which often presents no symptoms until it is advanced. The only way to be safe from radon-related lung cancer is to test for radon and have the radon mitigated if the level is above 4.0 pCi/L.


Is there really any proof that radon causes lung cancer?


As with most illnesses, cause and effect can not be 100 percent proved. If you have high blood pressure and suffer a stroke, studies indicate that your high blood pressure is the most likely cause. Similarly, epidemiological studies have presented compelling evidence that radon is the number one cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers – and that smokers who are exposed to high radon levels are 10 times more likely to get lung cancer. The National Cancer Institute says that radon is associated with 15,000 to 22,000 lung cancer deaths each year.


How can radon in my well water enter my home?


When you run your water – for drinking, cooking, bathing or when running your dishwasher or washing machine – radon gas escapes from the water into to the air, adding to the radon level of the air you breathe. The major danger of radon in water is inhalation; however, there is also a l danger from ingesting it, which is believed to cause a small number of stomach cancers each year.


What is a High Radon Level?


There really is no safe level of radon exposure. Radon gas is measured in picoCuries per liter (pCi/L). The current airborne radon level at which the EPA recommends action is 4.0 pCi/L. Further, the EPA says to consider action if the level is 2 to 4 pCi/L and suggests that every home and workplace be tested for radon gas in the air. Radon concentrations often are much higher in water than in air. As a general rule, a measurement of 10,000 pCi/L of radon in well water will contribute 1.0 pCi/L throughout the household air. However, this may vary depending on the amount of water used, the air exchange rate of the building and the proximity of an airborne test to the point of water usage. The Safe Drinking Water Act Amendment of 1996 mandates the adoption of municipal guidelines. It is believed that the final maximum contaminant level for radon in municipal well water will be between 300 and 4,000 pCi/L. 


What do I do if my radon test result is high?


Contact a certified professional radon contractor (mitigator).


Can I fix the radon myself?


Remember, this is a radioactive gas. Fixing your home is best left to a professional..


What will a radon contractor do to fix the radon?


Based on several factors, including your home’s construction, the type of soil beneath your home, whether you have a finished basement or a crawlspace, the climate in which you live, and so on, the contractor will design a radon mitigation system that will draw the radon gas from beneath your home and safely vent it above the roofline, reducing the radon level to below 4.0 pCi/L. Usually, the system installed will be what is called an active soil depressurization (ASD) system. Before installing the ASD system, the mitgator will seal all major cracks, drains, sumps and crawlspaces. The basic components of an ASD system are:

  1. One or more small holes called suction or draw points
  2. PVC pipe inserted into the hole(s) and run either through the basement wall to the exterior of your home or up through the interior into the attic and extended above the roofline
  3. A specially designed radon fan attached to the pipe electrically wired
  4. A u-tube manometer attached to the pipe to monitor the operation of the fan
  5. What happens after the radon is fixed?

The radon mitigator will retest your home to make sure the radon level is reduced adequately. To keep the radon level down, the radon fan must run continuously, so don’t turn it off or unplug it. Check the u-tube monitor from time to time to see if your system is operating properly, and test your home and test your home every 2 years to make sure the radon level remains low. It is normal to have minor fluctuations in the radon level.