What is Radon? It’s not like other gases. It doesn’t have a scent. It is invisible. It is heavier than air. It is a noble gas, meaning that it tends not to interact with other substances chemically. Its danger comes from the radiation that it emits. Some radiation is unavoidable, and a certain amount of radiation is typically within the human body’s capacity to withstand, whether from dental x-rays, or sunlight outside the range of vision, or even from cosmic rays. However, under certain circumstances, radioactivity causes genetic damage, and cancer, and all the while you may be completely unaware that it is happening.
So how does it happen? Being heavier than air, Radon must first be forced upwards from intense pressures deep within the earth. As heavier elements deep in the earth’s crust decay radioactively, Radon becomes one of many by-products. Being a gas, the heat and pressure within the earth makes it expand and rise upwards. So the very first place that Radon enters your home is through the basement. Being heavier than air, it tends to accumulate there, releasing a constant radiation that is hard for a layman to detect. But ProCheck has the means to measure it precisely, and suggest ways to mitigate it if found to be at dangerous levels.
We set up the equipment to take readings in a quick and unintrusive visit. Over the course of 48 hours the readings will fluctuate based on a number of factors, but the composite of these readings give us a Radon profile of your home. We will be able to determine if the gas is within the exposure guidelines set by the Environmental Protection Agency and the US Surgeon General, measured in picocuries per Liter (pCi/L). Many times, ProCheck can assure you that your home meets these standards, and offer a certified report which adds value and reassures potential buyers if your home goes on the market.
The best part is that you don’t have to be in the dark. It’s easy to pick up the phone and schedule an inspection that can save the lives of you and your loved ones. ProCheck Inspection Services are at hand to answer your questions and offer help 7 days a week from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. If you have never had your home checked for Radon, for the sake of your health, future, and peace of mind, please, call us right away. ProCheck is here for you.
We use Sun Nuclear Continuous Radon monitors that are calibrated every year for quality. The model 1028 continuous radon monitor is US EPA verified, NEHA-NRPP listed and evaluated and approved by the NRSB for use in real estate transaction testing.
Procheck’s Certified Radon Measurement Professional maintains his license every year through the American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists (AARST) & The National Radon Proficiency Program (NRPP). Not all inspectors carry the same level of qualification in Colorado. Be sure that your inspector and their results are authoritatively certified.