Radon is an odorless, colorless, and tasteless gas that comes from the breakdown of uranium in soil, water, and rock. Radon gas is utterly impossible to notice using any of the human senses. The only way to know if your current radon level in your home is to test. Radon levels can vary from house to house, even in the same neighborhood! Radon gas is a known carcinogenic and has been linked to lung cancer. Radon gas affects everyone differently but can be especially harmful to those with breathing issues or those who smoke cigarettes.
Currently it is not a requirement to be licensed in North Carolina for Radon testing or Radon mitigation. However, we at Basement & Radon solutions are licensed for both Radon testing & Radon mitigation through the National Radon Proficiency Program, or NRPP for short. This means we are completely up to date on all Radon information, classes, and standards. We take pride in being able to give our customers the satisfaction & knowledge that their radon system or test was done correctly.
***Due to COVID we currently have a limited service area for radon testing & mitigation please contact our office directly for more information***
As a gas, radon can enter any home through cracks, holes, or any other openings. In particular, radon enters homes through a process known as the “stack effect,” which pulls the gas into the home.
Since the pressure inside the house is lower than the pressure outside the house, a vacuum is created. As the warm air rises, it makes its way out of the house and is then replaced by unconditioned air from the outside.
This air can then quickly begin to build up, especially when the weather gets cooler and windows (escape routes) are closed. In other words, the radon gets trapped. There could be a lot or a little, which is why every homeowner needs to test for radon every two years.
One similarity that every home shares is its potential to have high radon levels. Whether a home is new or old, radon can enter and build up to unhealthy amounts, making a home dangerous.
Radon gas of some levels will be found in all homes when tested, it can also be controlled and reduced. As important as it is to live in a home with low radon levels, these levels become equally important when buying or selling a home. Radon is something that all real estate agents should consider and advise sellers to test for prior to putting the home on the market.
Radon gas can be found in all homes. Basement homes, slab-on-grade homes, and crawl space homes – all can sustain high radon levels and most homes’ levels can be significantly reduced with radon mitigation. Some homes, however, are not as easy to mitigate as others, and some may actually not be receptive to mitigation. It is important for a homeowner to know what the radon levels are before buying or selling a home.