Home Radon Testing in Decatur, IL
Home Radon Testing in Decatur IL
Radon is a radioactive gas found in soil and rock in all parts of the country and throughout Decatur IL. It is formed by the decay of uranium, which is a natural process. In addition, radon gas is invisible, odorless, and tasteless. It causes 21,000 and 1,200 lung cancer deaths in the U.S. and Illinois, respectively. Furthermore, radon may be found in all types of homes and buildings, typically moving from the ground into a home through drains, cracks, and other openings in the foundation due to differences in pressure and other external factors. Once radon seeps into buildings, it can be trapped inside them for prolonged periods, as they have no way of escaping. Thus, home radon testing in Decatur IL is an essential process.
Luckily, Callaway and Associates, Inc. is licensed by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) to conduct home radon testing in Decatur IL with license number RNI2002509. This certification means that we have the capabilities to offer reliable radon inspections and provide accurate measurements of radon levels in a home or building. After we test for radon and find elevated levels of it, homeowners can take the necessary mitigation actions to reduce the gas to below harmful levels. In this way, the indoor air quality of a home is improved, and the health and safety of the family and other occupants are ensured. Callaway and Associates, Inc. is the company to turn to for dependable home radon inspections in Decatur IL.
Health Effects of Radon
Studies have shown that radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. The higher the indoor radon level, the greater the amount that you breathe in. As you inhale radon gas, it decays into radioactive particles that can get trapped in your lungs. As these particles break down, they release small bursts of energy that can damage the lung tissue. Therefore, inhaling radon-containing air over many years can increase your risk of lung cancer. The risk for radon-induced lung cancer is dependent on the amount of radon found in your home, the amount of time spent in your home, and your family's health history. That is, a smoker or a former smoker has greater risk of getting lung cancer from radon.
Home Radon Testing Conditions
Any home radon test that lasts for less than a week requires closed-house conditions. This means that all windows and doors are kept closed except for normal entry and exit, and window vents or other appliances such as exhaust fans, which bring air in from outside, are not used (except for fans that are part of a radon reduction system or small exhaust fans that operate for only short periods of time). Before testing, closed-house conditions commence at least 12 hours before the start of the short-term test. Thereafter, during testing, these conditions are maintained throughout the duration of the short-term test.
In addition, home heating or cooling systems may be operated normally during the test. For tests lasting less than one week, only air conditioning units that recirculate interior air can be operated. Note that as professional measurement licensees, we are required to post "Radon Measurement in Progress" notifications at every building entry. This is to ensure the closed-house conditions, which are very important for short term tests.
Lastly, in terms of the location of the detecting devices, each lowest-level area that is occupiable, such as dens, living rooms, playrooms, bedrooms, workshops, home gyms, and family rooms, should have a detector or detectors. For example, a home that has a basement, crawl space, or slab-on-grade, should undergo a test performed in the basement and in at least one room over the crawlspace and slab-on-grade area.
Quality Home Radon Testing in Decatur IL
In Decatur IL, one of the areas with the highest levels of radon, Callaway and Associates, Inc. has a serious role of testing homes and buildings for elevated levels of the dangerous gas. We want homeowners and their families to breathe clean, safe, and radon-free air, so we make sure that our tests and inspections result in only the most accurate results. In this way, we can provide proper recommendations in case elevated levels are detected.
Callaway and Associates, Inc. is the name to remember for quality home radon testing in Decatur IL. We take pride in our work, as we perform over 400 radon inspection jobs for both residential and commercial clients. For more than 20 years, we have helped the community by ensuring that the air inside their homes is free of radon. You too should have your home tested today.
Trust Callaway and Associates today for dependable home radon inspections in Decatur IL. Get in touch with us today to learn more about our processes or to schedule an inspection.