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Radon Measurement

Fast Fact

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency classifies most of Pennsylvania in Zone 1 with the highest potential for radon exposure.  The average house in Zone 1 is predicted to have
an indoor radon
screening level
greater than
4 pCi/L.

     ~ EPA Website

The staff at Armored Home Inspections, LLC is certified by the PA DEP to provide Radon testing throughout Pennsylvania.  In many cases, we can begin your non-invasive 48 hour test within 1 to 3 business days, and you will have the results the day we pick up our device.  Contact us to find out how easy it is to test the Radon levels in your home. 

What is Radon and Why should I be concerned?

Radon is a radioactive gas.  You can’t see, taste, or smell Radon, but it may be a problem in your home.  Radon comes from the natural decay of uranium that is found in nearly all soils.  It typically moves up through the ground to the air above and into your home through cracks and other holes in the foundation.  Your home traps Radon inside, where it can build up.  Any home may have a Radon problem.  This means new and older homes, well-sealed as well as drafty homes, and both homes with and without basements.  According to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, an estimated 40% of the homes in Pennsylvania are believed to have elevated radon levels. 

The Risks of Living with Radon?

Radon gas decays into radioactive particles that can get trapped in your lungs when you breathe.  As they break down further, these particles release small bursts of energy.  This can damage lung tissue and lead to lung cancer over the course of your lifetime.  Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer next to smoking.  Your chances of getting lung cancer from radon depend mostly on: How much radon is in your home, The amount of time you spend in your home, and Whether you are a smoker or have ever smoked.  Testing is the only way to know if you and your family are at risk from Radon. 

More Information on Radon

US Environmental Protection Agency

Pennsylvania DEP -
    Bureau of Radiation Protection

Wikipedia - Radon Gas

Testing for Radon

Pennsylvania law requires that all third-party persons performing Radon testing be certified.  Radon gas measurement is easy and can be done even while someone is in the home.  A typical short-term test can be done in as little as 48 hours.  Armored Home Inspections, LLC will conduct a short-term test utilizing a Continuous Radon Monitor (CRM) and provide you with an accurate reading of the Radon level for the lowest level suitable for occupancy. 

You can fix a Radon problem

There are simple ways to fix a Radon problem that aren’t too costly.  Even very high levels can be reduced to acceptable levels.  Most homes can be fixed for about the same cost as other common home repairs. 

In addition to Radon testing, Armored Home Inspections, LLC can provide a full range of home inspection services associated with real estate transactions.  One call does it all.  Why call a different company for each individual test and inspection?  You can use our online order form to request any of the services listed, or our contact form, if you would like additional information. 

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