What is Radon?
Radon is a by-product of the breakdown of uranium deposits in the earth. It is present at various levels throughout New York State. Negative air pressure in the home from indoor/outdoor temperature variations, fireplaces, furnaces, dryers as well as bathroom fans venting indoor air causes Radon Gas to be pulled into the home through the basement or slab.
Radon can also be found in private well water, or public water supply systems which use ground water.
Why is Radon a problem?
- Radon causes lung cancer.
- The EPA recommends radon mitigation where tested Radon levels reach 4 pCi/L or higher.
Do I need a Radon Test?
The short answer is yes, especially before you purchase your home. It is important to identify who is going to pay for the Radon reduction and mitigation costs should they be needed. Many homes have Radon Levels exceeding EPA Limits.
Many Homes in Oneida County and surrounding areas have RADON levels at or above the EPA action level for Radon Mitigation (4.0 PicoCuries per Liter of air or higher). Click here to see Radon levels in your County/Town – See Average and Max. Reading.
You should have your own Radon Test performed even when the home had a previous Radon Gas test and the levels were acceptable.
The reason why you should have a new test performed by a qualified professional is to ensure the Radon levels ARE PRESENTLY at EPA acceptable levels.
Over time a home settles and cracks may appear in the foundation or floor which are entry points for Radon. Previously sealed joints or caulking around pipes passing through the foundation may also deteriorate or are disturbed which can allow increased levels of Radon to enter your home.
Renovations and Modifications to the structure or various systems within the home such as Heating and Ventilation systems, plumbing etc. can cause Radon Levels to change. New additions to the home where the basement has been extended or crawl spaces have been installed.
A basement remodel job or installation of a bathroom in the basement could effect the Radon levels of a previously tested home.
Doing Home Renovations?
If you decide to renovate or alter an area of the home, a Radon test should be taken before and after the project. Generally, it is less expensive to install a radon reduction system as part of the renovation project, rather than after you have completed your renovations.
Call or Contact Us today to schedule your Radon testing.