How is Radon Measured?

Posted 2017/09/20

You had a radon test done. It came back “high” at 5.0 pCi/L. What? What does that mean? That doesn’t exactly seem high. How is radon measured? Radon is measured in “pico-Curies per liter of air” abbreviated as pCi/L. The radon measurement gets its name from Madame Curie.

How is radon measured?

A single pCi/L is the equivalent to 2.2 radioactive explosions every minute within every liter of air. Again – what on earth does that mean? Think of a 1,000 square foot box. It’s 100 ft by 10 ft by 10 ft giving you a cubic volume of 10,000 ft. 10,000 cubic feet is about 283,168 liters. If this 1,000 square foot home had just 1 pCi/L it would mean that there are 622,969 explosions happening every minute of every day. Increase that to 4.0 pCi/L and there are almost 2.5 MILLION explosions each minute. If there was a way for people to see these explosions each time they occurred, there is no doubt that everyone with a radon issue would have it repaired.

What happens when radon is measured?

When radon is measured, it is similar to a Geiger counter. Every time a Geiger counter makes a “tick” sound, it represents one of those radioactive explosions. the more it ticks, the closer they are to the source of the radiation. Radon tests do the same thing by counting the number of these explosions over a period of time. Those explosions determine the amount of radon that is in your home.

If you don’t like the idea of millions of little explosions occurring in your home each and every day, you should have your home tested for radon. If you results come back high, it is important to have a radon mitigation system put in.

Trinity Radon helps reduce the amount of explosions with radon reduction systems. If radon measured high in your home, give us a call today: 630-499-1492.

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Real Estate and Radon

Posted 2017/08/11

You’ve spent weeks, perhaps even months, preparing your home to go on the market. You’ve done those updates you’ve put off for so long, made the obvious repairs & kept your home absurdly clean. You’ve packed up your family at a moments’ notice, milling about grocery stores, parks, & Target. Finally – an offer is made, a deal is agreed upon.

An inspection is ordered, the results are in. Surprise! You have elevated levels of radon. Now – you can either fix it or offer a credit. If you don’t, the buyer can walk. No big deal, right? Wrong! Even though radon is an odorless, colorless, and tasteless gas, it is dangerous and you musts disclose it. You cannot try to hide it from potential buyers.

Radon Testing and Real Estate Transactions

During real estate transactions, radon testing can be a headache, especially if you discover high levels. It becomes an even bigger problem as more people learn of radon and its dangers.

Radon in Real estateAfter all, radon is odorless, colorless, and tasteless. The fact it’s invisible to the naked eye and undetectable – without a proprietary test – means most people would overlook it.

But as much of a hassle as it can be, testing for radon is important. Ensuring radon levels are acceptable – below 4.0 pCi/L – means you are securing the health of your family and anyone else that lives in your home.

If you knew for sure your home was dangerous, would you pass it on to another family without saying anything? If your answer is no, then you should have your home tested, at the very least.

Many people believe radon testing and mitigation are expensive, but they actually are not. To be honest, no one wants to pay money to remedy a problem in a house they will no longer live in, but it’s still necessary.

You can test your home for $30 or less by picking up a radon testing kit at your local hardware store or online. If you find elevated levels, you can hire a radon professional to retest, before investing in a radon mitigation system.

If your levels are still high, don’t let them get you down. Installing a radon reduction system can help your home sell! 

Not sure what to do with those high test results? We can help. Give our offices a call today: 630-499-1492.

Radon Gas & Cigarettes: Kissing Cousins

Posted 2017/07/30

Radon Gas & Cigarettes have a lot more in common than people think.  “I don’t smoke, I don’t have to worry about lung cancer.” It’s a phrase we hear all too often.  The truth is, cigarettes aren’t the only way to get lung cancer. In the United States, the leading cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers is Radon Gas.

Radon Induced Lung Cancer in Non-Smokers

In 2017, the American Cancer Society estimates almost 223,000 people will be diagnosed with lung cancer. 10-15% of those diagnosis will be in nonsmokers. Lung cancer in nonsmokers is more common than people realize. It is actually the number one cause of lung cancer in non-smokers. Lung cancer in non-smokers is the 6th leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. Radon gas causes 27,000 deaths each year.

Lung Cancer is Preventable

Just like somebody can make the choice not to smoke, people can make the choice to test their homes for radon. Radon gas is invisible, tasteless and odorless. Since it is out of sight, it is often out of mind. However, a simple radon test can tell you whether or not you have high levels of radon in your home. This test could prevent over half of radon induced lung cancer deaths each year. But too few people test their homes.

Radon is Fixable

There is good news. If you do test your home and your results come back high, it is possible to reduce your levels of radon. An active radon mitigation system installed by a licensed Radon Technician will dramatically reduce your levels of radon. These systems are non-invasive, barely noticeable, life-saving tools. Trinity Radon is happy to walk you through the radon reduction process. Give our offices a call today: 630-499-1492.

Radon gas & cigarettes both cause cancer. End the stigma which portrays lung cancer as a smoker’s disease – get the word out about radon!

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