What is Radon?
Radon is a radioactive decay product of radium, you cannot see, feel, smell or taste . It is found at low concentrations in almost all rock and soil. Radon is generated in rock and soil, and it creeps through cracks or spaces between particles up to the outside air. Although outdoor concentrations of radon are typically low (0.4 pCi/L), it can seep into buildings through foundation cracks or openings and build up higher concentrations indoors, if sources are large enough. The indoor radon concentration in a can vary from house to house.
Testing the home is the only way to know if there is a risk from radon. The first step is to test your home for radon and have it fixed (mitigated) if it is at or above the EPA's action level of 4 picocuries per liter (pCi/L) for indoor air. You may consider to take action if the levels are in range of 2-4 pCi/L. Generally, levels can be below 2 pCi/L fairly simply. The action level is not the maximum safe level for radon in the home. However, the lower the level of radon the better.
Type of Radon Testing
A charcoal canister test kit will be placed in lowest livable level of the home and will be left exposed to for a period of 48 - 144 hours. The test kit will be submitted to the laboratory and results emailed to the client in approximately 3-days.
NJ Home Inspector License # 24GI00207200
NJ Radon Measurement Technician # 14325
NJ DEP Commercial Pesticide Applicator License # 62731B