Safe and Reliable Radon Testing Services in Washington, UT, and the Surrounding Areas
I get asked all the time if there is radon here. I can honestly say, yes. I live in Washington close to exit 13 off of I-15. I tested my home before I started offering radon testing services. I have a finished partial basement and the main level. The basement tested over 300% higher than the highest accepted level of Picocuries. The main floor tested over 150% higher.
Now, what is a “picocurie” (pCi)? A pCi is a measure of the rate of radioactive decay of radon. One pCi is one trillionth of a Curie, 0.037 disintegrations per second, or 2.22 disintegrations per minute. Therefore, at 4 pCi/L (picocuries per liter, the EPA’s recommended action level), there will be approximately 12,672 radioactive disintegrations in one liter of air during a 24-hour period.
I have since had a radon mitigation system installed. My radon level has dropped significantly since then. If you have concerns about radon in Washington, Ut, St George, Ut, or any of the surrounding cities, give Healymonster Home Inspections a call and get a home radon test.
When you come to Healymonster Home Inspections for radon inspection, you get more than just high quality, accurate testing, you get my top of the line customer service as well. I am committed to excellence in everything I do. Facing the threat of dangerous radon levels can be scary, and I am here to ensure that you are aware of the radon levels in your home.
Give Healymonster Home Inspections in Washington, UT, a call today to learn more about my radon testing services. I am always happy to answer your questions about the radon testing process and look forward to serving you soon!
Trust an Experienced Radon Inspector to Handle Your Concerns
If you are concerned about being at risk for radon poisoning, I should like to let you know my radon testing process is simple, and I can help you find a mitigation company should we find high levels in your home.
You’re exposed to radon when you breathe it in. High amounts of radon may be found in the workplace, a school, or any building. You spend the most time in your home, so that’s where radon exposure is most likely.
Radon can come up through the ground and into your home through cracks in the foundation. Once it’s through the cracks, it can get trapped inside, where it builds up. It can also get into your home through well water. Rarely, building materials have been found to release radon into buildings. Radon exposure can happen in any type of home, whether it has a basement, a crawl space, or is built on a slab, but it’s more likely to accumulate in homes that are:
- Very well insulated
- Tightly sealed
- Located where the soil contains a lot of uranium, thorium, and radium
About one in every 15 homes is thought to have high levels of radon. The highest concentration of radon tends to be found in the basement or on the first floor.
It’s not enough to know that the house next door has been tested, because radon levels can vary from one building to the next. The only way to know for sure if you have too much radon in your home is to test for it. I use Electret Ion Chamber (EIC) technology, and it is sold under the brand name E-PERM®.
A radon level of 4 picoCuries per liter (pCi/L) or more is considered high. Most of the time, you can reduce radon without making major home renovations or spending a fortune. You can:
- Seal and caulk foundation cracks and openings to help reduce the amount of radon that can enter.
- Install a soil suction radon reduction system, also known as vent pipe and fan system. A three- or four-inch pipe pulls radon from underneath the house and vents it outside. This keeps it from accumulating inside your home.
- Create a gas-permeable layer beneath the slab or flooring. This allows radon to move under your house, but it only works if you have a basement or slab foundation. It’s not for homes with a crawl space.
- Install plastic sheeting. The sheeting goes on top of the gas-permeable layer under the slab to prevent radon from entering your home. If you have a crawl space, the sheeting goes over the crawl space floor.
The Environmental Protection Agency provides detailed information on how to reduce radon in your home, as well as how to find a qualified contractor to do the work. If your radon levels aren’t 4 pCi/L or greater, but come close, it may be worth considering some of these remedies anyway.
Radon is all around us. In fact, you’re probably breathing it in every day, even if it’s at a low level. However, you can’t tell if you’re breathing it in at a high level. The danger in radon exposure is that you can’t see it, taste it, or smell it. And you won’t have any symptoms to alert you.
Radon gas can damage cells in your lungs, which can lead to cancer. Radon is responsible for about 21,000 lung cancer deaths each year in the United States, though it usually takes 5 to 25 years to develop.
According to the American Cancer Society, smoking is the number one cause of lung cancer. Radon comes in second. About 10 percent of radon-related cancer deaths involve people who don’t smoke. People who do smoke and are exposed to high levels of radon are at even greater risk. It’s estimated that lowering radon levels below 4 pCi/L could reduce lung cancer deaths by 2 to 4 percent Trusted Source, which could save about 5,000 lives.
Medically reviewed by Elaine K. Luo, MD on August 7, 2017 — Written by Ann Pietrangelo
To learn more about my radon testing services, call at (435) 669-6358 or fill out our contact form. I look forward to serving you soon!
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Are we sure that radon is a health risk?
EPA already has a wealth of scientific data on the relationship between radon exposure and the development of lung cancer. The scientific experts agree that the occupational miner data is a very solid base from which to estimate risk of lung cancer deaths annually. While residential radon epidemiology studies will improve what we know about radon, they will not supersede the occupational data.
Health authorities like the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Surgeon General, the American Lung Association, the American Medical Association, and others agree that we know enough now to recommend radon testing and to encourage public action when levels are above 4 pCi/L. The most comprehensive of these efforts has been the National Academy of Science’s Biological Effects of Ionizing Radiation (BEIR VI) Report
(see www.epa.gov/radon/health-risk-radon#beir). This report reinforces that radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer and is a serious public health problem. As in the case of cigarette smoking, it would probably take many years and rigorous scientific research to produce the composite data needed to make an even more definitive conclusion.
What about radon and radioactivity in granite countertops?
Does the EPA believe there is a danger of radon gas or associated radiation being emitted from granite countertops?
It is possible for any granite sample to contain varying concentrations of uranium and other naturally occurring radioactive elements. These elements can emit radiation and produce radon gas, a source of alpha and beta particles and gamma rays
(see www.epa.gov/radiation/radiation-terms-and-units). Some granite used for countertops may contribute variably to indoor radon levels. Some types of granite may emit gamma radiation above typical background levels. However, at this time EPA believes that the existing data is insufficient to conclude that the types of granite commonly used in countertops are significantly increasing indoor radon levels.
While radiation levels are not typically high, measurement of specific samples may reveal higher than expected levels on a case-by-case basis. Granite is a naturally occurring igneous rock, meaning that it was formed by the cooling of molten rock. It is quarried and processed to produce commercial products such as countertops.
What advice does the EPA have about radon for consumers who have granite countertops?
EPA believes the principal source of radon in homes is from the soil in contact with basement floors and walls. To reduce the radon risk, you should first test the air in your home to determine the radon level.
While natural rocks such as granite may emit radiation and radon gas, the levels attributable to such sources are not typically high.
Can I test my granite countertops for radiation?
At this time, a generally accepted radiation testing protocol for countertops does not exist, and neither imported nor domestic granite products require radiation testing.