Mold Medics Are Offering Radon Testing in Pennsylvania
According to the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Pennsylvania has one of the most serious radon problems in the United States. On average 4 out of 10 houses in Pennsylvania have very high levels of Radon. It’s easy to be caught unaware by your homes Radon levels, so it’s important to get your home regularly check by certified professionals.
Mold Medics helps to protect homeowners by testing & mitigating radon gas. We provide professional Radon Testing & Sub Slab Depressurization Radon Mitigation System installation. We not only follow Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) & DEP standards, but we are also certified by the DEP & have up to date DEP issued photo identification cards.
How is Radon Measured?
Radon is measured in Picocuries per Liter; pCi/L’s. A Picocuries is simply the measurement of the rate of decay of Radon, and Picocuries per Liter is measuring that radioactivity every 27 seconds in a volume of one liter. Which is about 0.037 decays per second in every liter of air, by the way. So 1 pCi/L is equal to about 2.22 disintegrations per minute!
What Radon Levels Should I Be At?
According to the EPA, the national average for outdoor Radon levels is 0.4 pCi/L & the average indoor Radon level is 1.3 pCi/L. It’s difficult to lower your Radon levels below 2 pCi/L, but that’s where you should be aiming.
Ok, So What's A High Risk Level?
The EPA set 4pCi/L as the action level for the United States back in 1988, and has remained the standard. The EPA labels all levels of Radon from 4 pCi/L & above as “Fix Your Home” when advising what to do. But homes with readings between 2pCi/L & 4pCi/L should also consider mitigation. As of 2009, the World Health Organization (WHO) set their threshold to mitigate at 2.7pCi/L.
What Health Risks Can Radon Pose?
According to both the National Cancer Institute (NCI) & the EPA, Radon causes lung cancer in smokers and non-smokers alike. Radon represents a far smaller risk for lung cancer than Smoking, but it’s still the second leading cause in the United States. Scientists estimate that 15,000 to 22,000 lung cancer deaths in the United States each year are related to radon.
When Should I Be Testing My Homes Radon Levels?
They also highly recommend preforming retests after any major home renovation, especially if they involve structural changes or foundation repairs. This also could include finishing your basement or adjustments to your HVAC system. This is so that you don’t get caught unaware by an increase in your Radon levels.
If you’ve already installed a radon mitigation system due to the previously elevated levels, preforming a radon test is the only way to confirm that your system is working properly. Testing more frequently, once per year, is the recommended.
Are You About To Buy or Sell Your Home?
Since Radon enters your home from the soil beneath it, the age of your home (or if you even have a basement) is not indicative of whether or not Radon will be an issue. So whether the home is newly built or new-to-you, the EPA & DEP recommends that homes in Pennsylvania be tested for Radon before being bought or sold.
When it comes to the buying & selling of homes, Pennsylvania law requires all radon testing be performed by a certified third party tester. They also require if you’ve test the home’s Radon levels, that they be disclosed to the potential buyer
Once your aware that your Radon levels are above the EPA’s or WHO’s action level, it’s time to take steps to better mitigate your homes Radon levels. Mold Medics is licensed and certified by the DEP to install Sub Slab Depressurization Radon Mitigation Systems into your home!
You can learn more about what a Sub Slab Depressurization Radon Mitigation System is, and how we install it into your home, by clicking the button below!