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Spring is a Great Time to Test for Radon

Monday, April 15th by Mary Smith


Spring is right around the corner and it's as good a time as any to test your home for radon. Radon is a radioactive element that is odorless, colorless, tasteless, and completely undetectable by normal means. Radon is usually found in concentrated forms inside of buildings, and can be present at unsafe levels in your home right now. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in America. A Continuous Radon Monitor (CRM) test has been proven to be the most accurate short-term radon test in the industry. It can provide reliable results in as little as 48-hours and it only takes three steps.

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A Radon Gas Measurement Expert will schedule a visit to your house at a time that's convenient for you to set up the continuous radon monitor (CRM). A continuous radon monitoring device includes instruments that continuously record real-time measurements of radon gas. Air is either pumped or diffused into a counting chamber. The counting chamber is typically a scintillation cell or ionizing chamber. Scintillation counts are processed by electronics, and radon concentrations for predetermined intervals are stored in the instrument's memory or transmitted directly into a printer.

Installation

The appointment itself should only take a few minutes. During that time, your technician will make sure the CRM is in the best location in the house. Your specialist will also take a few moments to explain the required conditions within the house that will produce accurate test results.

Test results

During this follow-up meeting, your technician will connect a thermal printer to the CRM and use it to print your home's radon testing results on the spot. This process should only take 10 to 15 minutes.

Depending on the radon levels in your home, the radon professional will decide whether or not you need to take further action in your home. If the levels are above normal and you decide to move forward, a radon mitigation specialist will work with you to install a customized radon mitigation system that is the right for your home.

If elevated levels are found...

A radon mitigation system is designed to pull radon from the home, expelling it safely outside and lowering the levels inside of your home. Each radon mitigation system is designed based on multiple components that are present in your home. For example, the existence of a basement or crawl space (instead of a slab foundation) can be an important determining factor in choosing which mitigation system is right for your home.

Within 30 days of the completed installation, your radon levels with be retested. This ensures that your system is working effectively, and that radon levels are being maintained at recommended levels. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends testing your home annually since changes in weather conditions can affect the levels in the soil beneath your home. If you have a radon mitigation unit already installed in your home, it is recommended that you have it retested by a certified technician every two years.

The trained specialists at George Strohm, Inc. know that radon mitigation is usually not something most homeowners budget for in their household expenses. That's why they make it easy and affordable to test your home for radon and install a radon mitigation system throughout their Greater Reading, Pennsylvania service area. As a National Radon Defense dealer, they offer a variety of payment options for your convenience that can help you begin the process of controlling radon and transforming your home into a healthier and safer environment for you and your loved ones.

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