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    Radon Testing

    What is Radon?

    IAC2 Certified, Radon Certified, Mold CertifiedRadon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that has become the second-leading cause of lung cancer — second only to cigarette smoke. Most soils contain uranium that, over time, decays to produce radium. When radon is released, it creates a high toxicity level in the air and water that it infuses. You cannot not see or smell radon, but it could be a problem in your home. The good news is 03 Inspections can accurately test the radon levels in your home to ensure the safety of you and your family.

    Why are Radon tests important?

    Radon levels in the air are measured by units of radioactivity per volume of air. The most common measure used is picocuries per liter (pCi/L). According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the average indoor radon level is about 1.3 pCi/L. People should take action to lower radon levels in the home if the level is 4.0 pCi/L or higher. The EPA estimates that nearly 1 out of every 15 homes in the United States may have elevated radon levels. As you can see in the map below provided by the TN Department of Health, radon levels in Tennessee are a real concern.

    Zone 1 – red – has a high risk factor for radon
    Zone 2 – orange – has a moderate risk factor for radon
    Zone 3 – yellow -has a low risk factor for radon

    So what is the risk to you and your family?

    Level 4pCi/L in your homeLevel 2pCi/L in your home
    = smoking 8 cigarettes per day= smoking 4 cigarettes per day
    = having 200 chest x-rays per year= having 100 chest x-rays per year

    As your radon number doubles so does your risk! So at 10pCi/L your risk is comparable to smoking more than a pack a day! To learn more about radon and the health risks it poses, check out the EPA’s Radon FAQs page.

    See a sample Radon Report from 03 Inspections’ Radon affiliate Radalink.