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Expert Radon Testing in Lyons, NY

Radon, a subtle yet perilous radioactive gas, naturally arises from the breakdown of uranium in the earth. When unconfined, radon disperses harmlessly, posing no immediate threat. However, when infiltrating enclosed spaces like your home, this insidious gas accumulates gradually, transforming into a substantial and potentially severe health risk.

There are many entry points radon gas can take to get inside your home. The most common entryways include:

  • Cracks found in foundation walls and floor slabs
  • Construction joints
  • Support posts
  • Floor drains
  • Sumps or wall cavities
  • Dirt floors
  • Window casements
  • Gaps around service pipes
  • Radon can also make its way through solid concrete floors and walls over time

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Detecting radon gas through the senses is challenging, making it difficult to assess its presence accurately in your home. Excessive radon exposure can lead to various health issues, with lung cancer being the most perilous. Notably, radon gas stands as the primary cause of lung cancer for non-smokers and holds the second position overall. According to the EPA, radon claims around 21,000 lives annually, and notably, 2,900 of those individuals are non-smokers.

Entrusting the elimination of radon gas to our team of confident professionals is the most effective approach! If you’re considering radon mitigation or testing for your home, rest assured that EcoSpect is your reliable partner in creating a safe living environment.

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Our team of nationally certified experts confidently takes on the mission of liberating your home from the presence of radon gas. Following a meticulous radon level assessment, we seamlessly implement the precise procedures to effectively diminish its presence. Pinpointing entry points and efficiently ventilating the entire area ensures a swift and assured reduction in radon levels. Entrusting us with the job not only guarantees meticulous mitigation but also instills confidence in the unwavering safety of your home throughout the process.

While our core expertise lies in lead-based paint inspection and risk assessment, we approach tasks of any scale with the confidence required to cultivate a healthy and pristine environment. Our radon gas testing and mitigation service is not only comprehensive but also carries the unwavering assurance of transforming your living spaces into a confidently habitable haven. If you are contemplating our services, feel empowered to reach out by calling us at 800-491-2008.

Radon Gas FAQs

What is radon gas and how does it get into my home?

Radon is an odorless, colorless, tasteless gas that forms naturally in the earth. As the earth shifts, fissures and veins carrying radon gasses open and close. When those gasses release from the earth into open air they dissipate. When the openings are under your home they run into your slab/foundation. The gasses then enter through cracks, gaps and holes. Once inside, the gas can become concentrated and dangerous.

What is an acceptable level of radon?

While there are no “safe” levels for sustained radon exposure, the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) recommends considering mitigation at levels of 2.0-3.9 pCi/l and considers levels of 4.0 pCi/l or higher to be the level at which to mitigate.

How do I test my home?

An EPA certified Radon Testing Company will place an Activated Charcoal Canister in your home for a minimum of 48 hours and submit the testing to a laboratory for results.

How often should I test my home?

EPA guidelines state a home should be tested every 2-5 years. More often if renovations that involve the foundation have been done. This is because changes in the passageways in soil (high water, construction, weather conditions etc.) as well as changes in the building condition (energy improvements) can cause radon levels in the home to vary and change.

My neighbor has high level (low level) results. Should I have a test conducted?

Every home is different as are the fissures and veins that carry radon gasses under each home different. What your neighbor’s test results are should be irrelevant to whether you test your home or not. There are areas of New York that historically have high radon levels (Cortland County and Yates County are two), but it is our opinion that every home should be tested to confirm the radon gas levels.

My home is brand new (very old) why would I need a test done?

The terrific weatherization options now available for a home may actually be worse for dealing with radon gasses. Because the home is so efficiently sealed any gasses that enter are essentially trapped. Whereas older homes with loose caulking, ill-fitting doors and windows and poor insulation actually allow the radon gasses to dissipate.

What is the average installation cost?

There are several factors that can contribute to cost such as slab condition, composition of soil under slab and whether you have a crawlspace or a full basement. Call us for a free, onsite estimate.

How does a radon system work?

A radon mitigation system works by depressurizing the area underneath a basement slab or vapor barrier. The system draws the radon polluted air out of the house and expels the gas above the roof line with the use of a radon approved fan.

How long does it take to install a radon mitigation system?

A typical installation takes a single day to complete, however, there are instances where a second day is needed.

How will the installation change the ‘face’ of my home?

We do our best to keep the aesthetics of the home intact. If it is possible, we run the PVC piping alongside a chimney, we try to keep the piping in the rear of the home or we can paint the PVC to match the home’s color.

Why do my pipes gurgle?

There are a couple of possibilities:
  • When the water table surrounding your home is high it may collect under your foundation/slab. The radon fan is powerful and can pull water into the pipes. A sump pump can help.
  • The radon mitigation system can pull humidity from the basement and water can collect in the pipes. A dehumidifier can help.
  • The pitch of the pipes may be wrong and not allowing water to run off properly. Call us for an inspection.

What are the maintenance requirements after installation?

There is no maintenance with a radon mitigation system. There are just two ‘moving parts’ to a radon mitigation system – the fan (which has a 5-year warranty) and a manometer. The manometer is a u-shaped glass tube filled with a liquid (colored for easy reading) that measures pressure. The liquid levels of the manometer should not be level but offset. If they are level the system is not working and you should contact your installer. If the fan is not working you should contact your installer.