Radon Testing

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Because of how subtle and dangerous radon can be, we want to do everything we can to ensure you and your family is safe. Radon can be found in any home, and is extremely carcinogenic, which means enough exposure to it may cause cancer. Let us help you test your home’s safety.

What is Radon and What Does it Do?

Radon gas is odorless, tasteless, and has no smell. It is present everywhere in the United States and is a natural occurring by-product of Uranium which comes up from the soil, through the cracks in our home and into the air we breathe. Radon can even enter the house through our water supply.

When we inhale Radon, it increases the chance of lung cancer. Radon is the 2nd leading cause of lung cancer in the United States causing 21,000 deaths each year. Since smoking is the leading cause, smokers have a much higher risk of lung cancer when exposed to Radon.

Infographic conveying how radon enters a building.

How is Radon Tested?

Radon can be tested a couple ways, but one of the more effective ways is through continuous monitoring. This test will run for approximately 48 hours and is the best option as it produces the fastest results and requires no lab testing which can be a much longer process.

Do I Need My Home Tested?

Here are only a few benefits to getting your radon tested:

  • A Safe Home

    Since Radon is everywhere it is recommended to have every home tested. In general, Oregon is a moderate risk level, though there are some higher risk areas. New construction homes are built much tighter for higher energy efficiency which can trap Radon in the home. Basement and concrete slab homes also have a higher risk for Radon as they cannot breathe or ventilate properly like a vented crawlspace. In short, you don’t know until you test.

  • Cost Effective

    Radon tests can also save you money if you’re trying to sell your home, because you can provide information about radon levels to potential buyers, and ensure you meet local codes related to radon compliance. The EPA also recommends that you test for radon when buying a home. That way, if high levels of radon are detected, you can request that the home seller install mitigation features, or you can back out of the purchase by utilizing your home inspection contingency.

  • Good Health

    The biggest benefit of radon testing is peace of mind. Radon has no smell, taste, or color, and beyond contributing to the development of lung cancer, radon exposure has no symptoms that can be identified by a doctor. That means a radon test is the only way to make sure your home has a safe level of radon.

    According to the EPA, radon is one of the leading contributors to the development of lung cancer, behind only smoking. For this reason, regular radon testing is key.

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