Every day we are exposed to a multitude of toxins in our food, water, environment, etc. Some of these are natural toxins and some are man-made. Luckily, we live in an age where we have access to an enormous amounts of consumer information, allowing us to make decisions on how to manage our toxic overload. One known natural toxin is radon gas, which is more prevalent in South Central Wisconsin than in other areas of the country. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that 55% of our exposure to natural sources of radiation usually comes from radon gas. Radon is a colorless, tasteless, and odorless gas that comes from the decay of uranium found in nearly all soils. Radon gas moves from the ground up and migrates into homes through cracks and crevices of foundations.
When you breathe air containing large amounts of radon, the radiation can damage your lungs and eventually cause lung cancer. The EPA states that radon gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer.
Testing for radon is the only way to determine the level of radon gas present in a home.
If radon testing is in your offer, we can set a tester prior to the home inspection. We follow EPA guidelines when we place the tester and we use EPA approved electronic radon testers. The tester must sit a minimum of 48 hours. After the test period, you will receive an electronic report with hour by hour readings and an EPA average. Radon EPA averages of 4.0 picocuries/L and higher indicate EPA recommended radon mitigation.
If radon testing is not in your offer, we can run a radon test for you once you have closed on your home. We are also happy to set a radon tester, at any time, if you want to monitor your home for radon gas.