Radon Testing Indianapolis
Indianapolis Radon Mitigation performs radon testing services for the greater Indianapolis area day in and day out. A radon test is the only way to know if radon gas is in excess within your home since it is odorless and colorless. A variety of testing options are available to you, and we’ll explain the pros and cons of each so you can make a decision you’re 100% comfortable with.
One-time testing isn’t enough to be sure that your home poses no risk for your family and pets. We will test your home as often as you wish, but there are nationally recognized guidelines for how often your home should be tested.
Keep reading to find out what the EPA recommends and what we at Indianapolis Radon Mitigation can do to protect the air you breathe!
Radon Testing Indianapolis
To most companies, a radon inspection means placing equipment in your home and coming back for it in a few weeks. While we also use testing equipment that must remain in place for up to 90 days, we also conduct home inspections – especially of the basement, foundation and crawlspace – where radon is most likely to enter your home. By going the extra mile, we can highlight areas that are in need of repair in order to reduce the amount of radon that can get in.
When Indianapolis Radon Mitigation pros are asked about safe radon levels, we’re very careful to change the word ‘safe’ to ‘acceptable.’ Radon is a danger in any amount, and for any length of time that you are exposed. Therefore, the use of the word ‘safe’ is misleading.
At this time, radon mitigation is not required anywhere in the U.S. The only thing we can do is recommend services after customers have all the facts, including their home’s radon testing results. Indianapolis may one day require testing and mitigation, but for now, you’ll have to rely on your own instincts and the help of industry experts.
You can’t smell radon, nor can you see it or taste it. Testing is the only way to know if it is present and, if so, in what quantities.
Radon testing is done in two main ways: passive testing and active testing.
Professional testing done once every couple of years averages out to an amount that most families will barely miss over that amount of time. And if you ask us, it’s worth every penny! If no radon is found in your home, you’ve bought peace of mind for another two years!
Radon Test Kit
Indianapolis Indiana homeowners often express interest in do-it-yourself radon test kits. National statistics conclude that a quarter of a million at-home radon test kits are purchased each year. These are passive (charcoal) tests, since they are easier to administer and are fairly accurate.
The EPA sets the margin of error of do-it-yourself radon kits to be about 25%. This means that it could be +/-1 pCi/L. If your home test results are 3.0 or above, you should definitely consult a professional team to retest and get an accurate result.
Home test kits will suffice in many cases, especially if you already have a radon mitigation system and just wont to know that it is functioning correctly. For anything more complex, call us for professional testing.
A radon detector in your home can mean the difference between acceptable radon levels and dangerous ones.
A radon gas detector does the same job as a smoke or CO2 detector. It will alert you to the presence of radon between professional testing. We can appreciate homeowners’ desire to know what’s going on in their homes at all times. You can never be too careful when it comes to safety measures in your home.
The average radon level in the state of Indiana is 4.7 pCi/L. This is cause for concern since 4.0 is considered actionable by the EPA. Anything over a 4.0 puts you at a very high risk of developing lung cancer in subsequent years. This doesn’t mean that every home is at that level but for every home that has a radon gas level of 1.0 pCi/L, there is one somewhere in the state that’s nearly a 10.0 in order to end up with an average that is nearly 5.0.
Radon level testing can show much lower readings, at which point it’s up to the homeowner to decide if they want to take immediate action or wait and see if the numbers level back out. It is common for radon levels to be higher in the winter when we keep our homes locked up tight, versus the rest of the year when we are more likely to open doors and windows frequently throughout the day.
Indianapolis Radon Mitigation can help you wade through all the information you’ve come across in researching radon gas and mitigation on your own. First and foremost, we want our customers to be safe, but keeping them informed is another huge part of what we do. That’s why we patiently answer any questions our customers have before, during and after their services.