Making sure you’re protected from harmful exposure to radon.
All homes have radon, but too much can be dangerous. Award Home Inspections is one of the few companies that performs radon measurements in the Richmond, Virginia area. The company is certified through the National Radon Safety Board and offers a competitive price on radon measurement services.
Radon is a naturally occurring, odorless, flavorless and colorless gas that most commonly enters the home from the ground. It’s dangerous at high levels and is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers across the globe. Scientists estimate that 15,000 to 22,000 lung cancer deaths in the United States each year are attributed to radon exposure.
The Environmental Protection Agency recommends that radon levels not exceed 4 pCi/l, but many homes in Central Virginia exceed those levels. It’s estimated that 1 in 15 homes across the United States have radon levels at or above the levels recommended by the EPA.
A radon measurement is a simple process. A certified radon measurement specialist comes to a home or business and sets up a radon monitor(s). The monitor will collect data for a minimum of 48 hours. At the conclusion of the test the monitor(s) is collected. The specialist will analyze the data and provide a detailed report.
Radon is everywhere, but this simple test saves lives.
What is radon and is it harmful?
Radon is a radioactive gas. It’s odorless and invisible to the naked eye. Radon is nine times denser than air and can easily penetrate building materials like polished concrete, granite countertops, wood paneling, crawl space, basements and insulations.
Yes it can be harmful. It’s a radioactive carcinogen. It’s the number one cause of lung cancer not related to smoking.
Can I get a radon measurement without a home inspection?
Absolutely! In this day and age, anyone that breaths air needs a radon measurement. There is no reason to be uneducated on whether the air you are breathing is unsafe. We provide the most cost-competitive radon measurement, using up-to-date technology.
How does radon get into my home?
Radon gets into a home through radioactive rock, soil or water below the home. Often the air pressure is lower inside the home than in the surrounding soil, which acts as a natural vacuum. The gas seeps up through the foundation and gets trapped inside the home.
How is radon gas measured?
A monitoring device is placed inside the home for a minimum of 48 hours. A radon measurement specialist examines and analyzes the data from the monitor and determines if the home or business has unsafe radon levels.
What does someone do if elevated radon levels are discovered?
We educate and advise on local radon remediation. We do not perform mitigation, because we feel it is a conflict of interest. Most home and business owners are surprised by the low-cost of remediation (fixing the air).