Pittsburgh Radon Testing: What Your Radon Level Means
After you have had a radon testing conducted in your home, your radon professional will give you a report of your radon levels. Radon levels are measured in pCi/Ls, or the amount of radon particles in the air. Radon cannot be entirely eliminated from the air, but it can be mitigated, or removed, down to a certain level. After you have radon testing conducted in your home, the level of radon will determine if radon mitigation is recommended. A radon level of 1 pCi/L is the equivalent of 2.5 cigarettes a day. The World Health Organization recommends action at a level of 2.7 pCi/L. The EPA recommends radon action at 4.0 pCi/L, the same amount of radiation in 100 chest X-rays, or ten cigarettes a day. In Pittsburgh,PA, 40% of homes are above this level! Home Radon Pros has mitigated radon in homes as high as 155 pCi/L. Unfortunately, for us living in Pittsburgh, we have a high chance of living in a home with a high radon level.
Why is Pittsburgh Radon Dangerous?
Pittsburgh families are in danger of radon for many reasons:
- Pittsburgh is an older city, which means a lot of our homes are older. This means our foundations may have more cracks, floors and walls have more gaps, and ventilation systems not as efficient as they could be. This allows radon gas to seep into your home at higher doses.
- Many homes in the Pittsburgh area have basements, and or crawl spaces, these are hot beds for radon gas to be trapped, and eventually move throughout your home.
- The mountainous terrain of Pittsburgh leads for the composition of the ground underneath your home to move more frequently. This causes radon levels to constantly change over time. This means that testing your home for radon once, may not necessarily give you an accurate reading for the future.
- Fracking impacts radon levels for the same reasons as the terrain shifting would. As the ground underneath homes in the Pittsburgh area is being impacted, radon gas will have an easier way to move up into your home.
- The climate in Pittsburgh, as we all know, is not very consistent. Temperature changes can drastically affect radon levels. Again, the best way to get the most accurate reading of radon levels in your home is to have your home tested for radon more than just once.
Why Have Pittsburgh Radon Testing Done in Your Home
The main reason we recommend radon testing in your home, is to protect you and your family. Radon cannot be completely removed from your home, but it can be mitigated down to a lower level. The only way to know if you will need to have your radon level lowered, is to have your home tested for radon. By testing for radon, you will be able to find out the level in your home, and determine if further radon mitigation, or radon removal, is needed. Home Radon Pros makes radon testing easy for you, the homeowner. The sooner you call, the sooner Home Radon Pros can send our a radon professional out to your home, typically within 24 hours, to begin the radon testing process. The longer you wait, the longer your family will be exposed to the dangers of radon gas.
The Home Radon Pros Radon Testing Process
Home Radon Pros makes radon testing easy for the home owner:
Step 1: Call for a radon test today- You will not know if you and your family are in danger until you have radon testing conducted in your home. Home Radon Pros will typically be able to set up a consultation at your home within 24 hours, but the longer you wait, the longer you may be at risk.
Step 2: At home assessment with a Home Radon Pro- After you set up an at home consultation, Home Radon Pros will send a radon professional to your home. This professional will walk you through your home and show you potential spots where radon could be coming into your home. The radon professional will then set up a CRM, or continuous radon monitor, in your home. This will continuously take radon levels in your home for the next two to three days.
Step 3: Assessment of radon levels- After the radon testing is completed, Home Radon Pros will then determine if radon mitigation, or radon removal, is recommended in your home. We also offer further, even more accurate, testing options if you would like to get long term testing done in your home.
Step 4: Radon Action- If you decide to have radon mitigation, or radon removal, done to your home, our Home Radon Pro will walk you through the steps needed to remove radon from your home, so that you and your family can live without radon affecting your health.