Radon Gas Testing in Plymouth Michigan
Clean air in your home is essential for your family’s health and well-being. While toxic molds can wreak havoc on a person’s allergies and immune system, toxic gases like radon or carbon monoxide can be a life or death situation.
The scariest thing about radon, other than its effects on a person’s health, is that it’s undetectable through a person’s senses. You can’t see radon, you can’t smell it, and you can’t taste it. The safest way to determine the radon level in your home – or in a home you’re considering purchasing – is to have a professional evaluate and monitor the air.
We proudly serve the citizens of Plymouth, Michigan at zip codes such as 48170. Plymouth is the embodiment of community, which can be seen in its beautiful neighborhoods, spacious parks and vibrant downtown with a variety of shops and restaurants that surround a park.
If you’re in the market to purchase or sell a home or business in Plymouth – or if you suspect radon exposure in your current home or business.
Call us at (734) 331-3269 to set up a radon gas inspection today.
What is Radon?
Radon is a radio-active gas that occurs naturally. It’s actually a type of soil gas and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has estimated that as many as 20,000 people die each year from lung cancer that’s associated with radon. Water may also be a source of radon. Radon has been named the second leading cause of lung cancer, just behind cigarette smoking. The EPA has set a standard maximum exposure level of radon at 4.0pCi/L. If you smoke and your home has high radon levels, you’re at high risk for developing lung cancer. Some scientific studies indicate that children may be even more sensitive to radon than adults.
How does radon enter a home or business?
Because radon is naturally occurring in soil and rock, it can be drawn into a home or business due to the difference in pressure compared to the air inside. Like a vacuum, the air is drawn inside through cracks and other openings and then becomes trapped inside and builds up. Whether a home is new or old, built on a basement or not, or is well-sealed or drafty, radon is a potential problem.
Since radon may be present in water, it’s possible that it be released into the air when showering, washing clothes or dishes, or through other water usage. It’s more likely though that radon enters through the soil. Sometimes building materials such as concrete products or granite can give off radon, but typically it’s when combined with toxic soils. In fact, radon gas in soils is the main source of elevated radon levels in homes or businesses in the U.S.
Why is radon gas testing necessary?
When you’re in the market to purchase a new home or if you’re just maintaining your current home, radon testing should be a high priority on your checklist. The negative health effects of living in a home – or working in a building – with high radon levels is the main reason you should have your home inspected for radon gas. The fact that you can’t see, smell, or taste radon is another reason it’s so important to have a professional test the air. Your family’s life could be at stake, and having the peace of mind that your home or business doesn’t have high levels of radon is priceless.
What to expect during an inspection:
Trademark Home Inspections, LLC. is radon gas certified, but more importantly, we understand the importance and urgency of radon testing. A professional inspector will take every care and precaution to ensure your home or office is clear and free of high levels of radon by using a radon monitor that’s widely acknowledged as the best and most reliable monitors available. Using continuous radon monitoring allows us to control the entire process and have accurate results the second the test is completed. Trademark puts the safety of its clients first, which is why we guarantee high quality and exact radon testing services. We also ensure you receive a report the very same day the test is completed.
What if my home or office has high levels of radon?
The most common radon reduction method is called sub-slab depressurization. A pipe is installed through the floor to an outside wall or up through to the roof line, with a small fan attached. The fan then draws the radon from below the home or office to the outside before its able to enter the structure. Radon can be removed from water by spraying water or mixing it with air and then venting the air from the water before use or filtering water through granular activated carbon. The first step in correcting an airborne or waterborne radon problem is to hire a certified radon professional.
If you suspect a radon problem, or if you’re in the market to purchase a new home and need an inspection, give us a call at (734) 331-3269. Whatever your inspection needs, Trademark Home Inspections, LLC. is a dependable, solid, and affordable choice.