Plainfield IL Radon Testing
Radon Testing & Reduction of Plainfield, Illinois
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Plainfield Illinois Radon Testing
According to the World Health Organization, radon poses serious health risks throughout the world and is the second leading cause of lung cancer next to smoking. In the United States alone, about twenty thousand lung cancer deaths every year are the result of radon poisoning, based on statistics from the Surgeon General's Office and Environmental Protection Agency. Most of the radon-related lung cancers are the result of exposures in the homes, which makes it important for every Plainfield Illinois homeowner to perform radon testing.
What is radon and does it get into your Plainfield home?
Radon is a natural radioactive gas that has existed since time immemorial in the atmosphere. It is an odorless, colorless and chemically un-reactive gas that penetrates different kinds of materials easily within your Plainfield Illinois home. It is also commonly present in well water throughout Illinois. Therefore, Plainfield IL radon testing is the only sure method of determining the presence and levels of this dangerous gas.
How to properly perform radon testing Plainfield Illinois:
The levels of radon are measured in pico Curies per Liter (pCi/L). If Plainfield radon testing shows a level of 4 pCi/L and above, it is important to take definite steps to reduce the level. EPA recommends corrective measures for radon levels as low as 2 pCi/L because no safe level has been determined. The average concentration of the gas in American homes including Plainfield, IL is 1.3 pCi/L.
Common radon testing methods for Illinois residents:
EPA has determined about fifteen different types of radon testing. However, they can be broadly grouped into 2 categories: short-term tests and long-term tests.
Short-term Plainfield radon testing measures levels for between 2 and 7 days or continuous monitoring for at least forty-eight hours. The difference is determined by the type of radon testing device used.
Short-term tests provide a quick way of screening the home at an inexpensive price. However, they do not provide annual average radon levels in the Plainfield Illinois home.
Long-term radon testing takes at least ninety days and provides the most accurate way of measuring average annual levels of the gas. The tests may be done to include both hot and cold seasons for even better results in Plainfield and surrounding Illinois areas.
Radon testing in Plainfield IL should be conducted every 2 to 5 years as well as before and after every major structural renovation. Illinois homebuyers should test homes they want to buy, whether they are new or not. Radon testing is also recommended after adding a new heating or central air conditioning system. Plainfield Radon Testing offers this service throughout Illinois.
A variety of factors may influence the results of radon testing, including:
- Weather patterns: Since weather influences the way radon gets into the home, short-term radon testing in Plainfield is not recommended during high winds or other extreme weather conditions.
- Time of the year: Illinois radon levels tend to be highest during heating seasons; hence it is important for long-term tests to cover both cooling and heating seasons.
- Test location. Plainfield, Illinois radon testing should be carried out in the lowest level in the home.
- Disturbances: Radon testing kits should be at least twenty inches above floor level to avoid disturbances.
- Timeliness of analysis: The kits should be resealed and sent for analysis quickly.
- Radon testing kits are available at home supply or hardware stores in Plainfield IL and surrounding Illinois communities.
Radon problems have been found in Plainfield and throughout Illinois. Test your home today.
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