Radon Testing in Central Illinois
Radon Testing Services
“Test for radon annually to identify & reduce exposure to the harmful gas”
As one of the only Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) certified to perform radon tests in East Central Illinois, Callaway & Associates is proud to provide high quality radon testing services throughout the following communities: Champaign, Urbana, Decatur, Mattoon, Danville, & Charleston. Call our team today when it’s time to test your home or building for elevated levels of radon!
What is Radon?
Radon is a colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas that has been linked to causing lung cancer in people who are exposed to it over a long period of time. A carcinogen, radon gas is the second highest cause of lung cancer, smoking being the only higher cause. Those who both smoke & live in a home or work in a building with elevated levels of radon have an especially high risk of developing lung cancer over the course of their life.
Radon gas forms when uranium begins to decay. As uranium breaks down, radon is created in tiny gas particles that can float off above the ground and into the breathable air. The outdoors has a level of radon about .4 pCi/L, making this level the standard for what is considered safe to be exposed to. Because it is naturally occurring at this density level, it’s difficult to go below this exposure without installing a top-of-the-line radon mitigation system in the space you want to reduce radon density in.
Why Test for Radon?
It is important to thoroughly test each room in a home or building as there can be significant changes in radon levels from room to room. Because it is both odorless & colorless, you must have a professional come to test your home or building to ensure the best & latest methods have been used. Every building will have radon present; you don’t have to worry if it’s density levels are kept at appropriate points as the human body is able to effectively handle small levels of radiation.
We thoroughly process each home or building we perform inspections in by utilizing the best testing tools in the industry. We leverage the ability of the Sun Nuclear Continuous Radon Monitors and the Rad Elec Electret Ion Chambers to eliminate the high/low bias commonly found in do-it-yourself radon testing kits. The Sun Nuclear Monitors continuously take multiple readings of radon levels per hour and are able to continue doing so for up to 999 hours straight. This allows us to get a truly exhaustive picture of the radon levels in the building over time. The Rad Elec Chambers can perform even longer-scale tests, ranging from 48 hours up to a year in length! Both come equipped with tamper-proof checks & balances to ensure there is no human interference with the results – further ensuring accuracy & peace of mind for you that the space is safe from increased radiation levels.
Home Radon Testing
When buying or selling a home, you should always know the levels of radon density in the home. If it comes back higher or near 4 pCi/L, we would certainly recommend negotiating the installation of a radon mitigation system in before finalizing the purchase. We can help with the testing of your home at any time and will give professional advice on how to proceed.
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