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Radon Gas Inspection

Radon is a cancer-causing, radioactive gas. You can’t see it, smell it, or taste it, so testing is the only way to know if you and your family are at risk from radon. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), about 21,000 people die each year from radon gas exposure. The EPA recommends testing all homes below the third floor for radon. Radon can be a problem in homes of all types: old homes, new homes, drafty homes, insulated homes, homes with basements, and homes without basements.

United Inspection Group utilizes the latest technology to provide quick and reliable results. Radon levels can vary greatly from home to home. Even if your neighbors don’t have radon present in their home, it doesn’t mean your potential home is safe. We are PA DEP certified to perform Radon Gas Inspections. Radon gas has been found in all 50 US states and in every PA county. Do not take chances, test your home! Remember, when United Inspection Group works, you save.

Radon detection map

RADON MYTHS AND FACTS

MYTH:

Scientists aren’t sure radon reallyis a problem.

FACT:

Although some scientists dispute the precise number of deaths due to radon, all major health organizations (like the Centers for Disease Control, the American Lung Association and the American Medical Association) agree with estimates that radon causes thousands of preventable lung cancer deaths every year. This is especially true among smokers, since the risk to smokers is much greater than to non- smokers.                                     

MYTH:

Radon testing is difficult, time onsuming and expensive.

FACT: 

Radon testing is easy. You can test your home yourself or hire a qualified radon test company. Either approach takes only a small amount of time and effort.

MYTH:

Homes with radon problems can’t be fixed.

FACT: 

There are simple solutions to radon problems in homes. Hundreds of thousands of homeowners have already fixed radon problems in their homes. Most homes can be fixed for about the same cost as other common home repairs; check with one or more qualified mitigators. Call your state radon office (www.epa.gov/radon/whereyoulive) for help in identifying qualified mitigation contractors.

MYTH:

Radon only affects certain kinds of homes.

FACT:

House construction can affect radon levels. However, radon can be a problem in homes of all types: old homes, new homes, drafty homes, insulated homes, homes with basements, homes without basements. Local geology, construction materials, and how the home was built are among the factors that can affect radon levels in homes.

MYTH:

Radon is only a problem in certain parts of the country.

FACT:

High radon levels have been found in every state. Radon problemsdovary from area to area, but the only way to know your radon level is to test.

MYTH:

A neighbor’s test result is a good indication of whether your home has a problem.

FACT: 

It’s not. Radon levels can vary greatly from home to home. The only way to know if your home has a radon problem is to test it.

MYTH:

Everyone should test their water for radon.

FACT:

Although radon gets into some homes through water, it is important to first test the air in the home for radon. If your water comes from a public water system that uses ground water, call your water supplier. If high radon levels are found and the home has a private well, call the Safe Drinking Water Hotline at (800) 426-4791 for information on testing your water.

MYTH:

It’s difficult  to sell homes where radon problems have been discovered.

FACT: 

Where radon problems have been fixed, home sales have not been blocked or frustrated. The added protection is sometimes a good selling point.

MYTH

I’velived in my homefor so long, it doesn’t make sense to take a ctionnow.

FACT:

You will reduce your risk of lung cancer when you reduce radon levels, even if you’ve lived with a radon problem for a long time.

MYTH:

Short-termtests can’t be used for making a decision about whether to fix your home.

FACT:

A short-term test followed by a second short-term test* can be used to decide whether to fix your home. However, the closer the average of your two short-term tests is to 4 pCi/L, the less certain you can be about whether your year-round average is above or below that level. Keep in mind that radon levels below 4 pCi/L still pose some risk. Radon levels can be reduced in most homes to 2 pCi/Lorbelow.
*If the radon test is part of a real estate transaction, the result of two short-termtests can be used in deciding whether to mitigate. For more information, see EPA’s “Home Buyer’s and Seller’s Guide to Radon.”