Radon Testing & Radon Mitigation
Maintaining a healthy home and family is the top priority at Radon Experts, a Tucker Family Construction company. Over the years, we’ve become aware of radon in homes and the threat to homes and health that homeowners may not be aware of in Wisconsin. We work to inform people of the risks of radon, and provide professional radon testing and radon mitigation in Madison WI and surrounding areas.
What is Radon?
Radon is a cancer-causing, radioactive gas, and it’s the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that radon exposure causes about 21,000 deaths per year. Radon gas in homes is produced from the natural breakdown of Uranium in the soil. The Uranium eventually becomes radon gas, which is invisible and odorless. Radon gas enters your home through the slab, crawl space or your basement, just to name a few ways. As the radon gas breaks down, it emits a small Alpha radiation particle that can be inhaled. Once in your lungs, this particle can decay, causing a small amount of damage. The danger comes with repeated and prolonged exposure to the radon in homes.
Lifetime Risk of Lung Cancer Death (per person) from Radon Exposure in Homes
Chart is courtesy of the EPA at www.epa.gov
|Radon Level (pCi/L)||Never Smokers||Current Smokers||General Population|
|20||36 out of 1,000||26 out of 100||11 out of 100|
|10||18 out of 1,000||15 out of 100||56 out of 1,000|
|8||15 out of 1,000||12 out of 100||45 out of 1,000|
|4||73 out of 10,000||62 out of 1,000||23 out of 1,000|
|2||37 out of 10,000||32 out of 1,000||12 out of 1,000|
|1.25||23 out of 10,000||20 out of 1,000||73 out of 10,000|
|0.4||73 out of 100,000||64 out of 10,000||23 out of 10,000|
A. Assumes constant lifetime exposure in homes at these levels.
B. Estimates are subject to uncertainties as discussed in Chapter VIII of the risk assessment.
C. Does not specify excess relative risks for current smokers.
What Can I Do to Protect My Family?
The good news is that it’s an easy process to test for radon gas and to begin radon mitigation if necessary. Both the EPA and the Surgeon General recommend that homeowners begin radon testing to determine the radon levels in their homes. Although there really is no safe level of radon gas except for 0, the EPA has set a guideline stating that the level of radon gas in a home should be below 4.0 picocuries (pCi/L) The average indoor radon level is 1.3 pCi/L. The EPA recommends radon mitigation for homes where the radon level is 4.0 (pCi/L) or higher. Overall, the EPA estimates that 1 out of every 15 homes in the United States has elevated radon levels. Certain areas in the Midwest are prone to high levels of radon.
You can count on Radon Experts for expert radon testing and radon mitigation, should you need it. We are fully insured and listed with the EPA and the state of Wisconsin. We are also NEHA-certified (National Environmental Health Association), so you can trust that we know what we’re doing. Radon measurement or radon testing is a straightforward, inexpensive process. You can do it yourself with a home radon test kit or have a professional like Radon Experts do if for you. Both short-term and long-term tests exist. When it comes to radon mitigation, let the Radon Expert professionals handle that for you. We use a few different radon mitigation systems, such as sub-slab depressurization, drain-tile depressurization and sump depressurization.
You can count on Radon Experts for expert Madison radon testing and radon mitigation services. Helping families stay safe in their own homes is our priority. We serve the Wisconsin counties of Dane, Green, Iowa, and Rock, and surrounding areas. Contact us today at (608) 862-3641 to make sure your home is the haven it should be.
Zone 1 - Highest Potential
Counties have a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (picocuries per liter) (red zones).
Zone 2 - Moderate Potential
Counties have a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (orange zones).
Zone 3 - Low Potential
counties have a predicted average indoor radon screening level less than 2 pCi/L (yellow zones).