Radon Testing & Measurement
Tucker Family Construction, LLC is committed to helping maintain safe and healthy homes for every family. A growing threat to our homes that most may not be aware of is high radon levels. To schedule a professional inspection in Madison, WI, contact us at (608) 862-3641 today.
Why Test For Radon?
Radon is an invisible, odorless gas caused by the breakdown of uranium in soil. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, it is the leading cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers, and it is increasingly becoming a problem across the United States, including the Midwest. The only way to know for certain if excessive radon levels are a problem in your home is by undergoing professional testing.
Lifetime Risk of Lung Cancer Death (per person) from Radon Exposure in Homes
Chart is courtesy of the EPA at www.epa.gov
|Radon Level (pCi/L)||Never Smokers||Current Smokers||General Population|
|20||36 out of 1,000||26 out of 100||11 out of 100|
|10||18 out of 1,000||15 out of 100||56 out of 1,000|
|8||15 out of 1,000||12 out of 100||45 out of 1,000|
|4||73 out of 10,000||62 out of 1,000||23 out of 1,000|
|2||37 out of 10,000||32 out of 1,000||12 out of 1,000|
|1.25||23 out of 10,000||20 out of 1,000||73 out of 10,000|
|0.4||73 out of 100,000||64 out of 10,000||23 out of 10,000|
High Radon Levels
Fortunately, radon testing is easy and inexpensive. At Tucker Family Construction, our professionals are certified and have the experience to conduct proper testing and radon mitigation in your home. We also have been working with the real estate industry for years, testing homes on the market for unsafe radon levels. To determine if a home is at risk, we use two different methods to produce accurate results.
- Short-term radon testing is simple and takes about 48 hours. It is done by a charcoal canister test that collects air samples over the course of two days. After the test is finished, canisters are sealed and sent to a lab for further testing.
- Long-term testing is a more thorough approach to radon inspection and produces a more accurate reading of year-round levels in a home. Called the Alpha Track, this test lasts for 90 or more days.
Radon gas is measured in “picocuries per liter of air,” or pCi/L for short. The EPA estimates average radon levels to be about 1.3 pCi/L. In addition, the U.S. Congress has set a long-term goal to reduce indoor levels to be no more than outdoors levels, which is around 0.4 pCi/L. Through proper radon removal processes, most homes can be reduced much lower than that.
Trust the Radon Experts
Helping families stay safe in their own homes is our top priority at Tucker Family Construction. We proudly serve Madison and surrounding areas with radon testing and inspection. Speak with a professional by calling us at (608) 862-3641 today.
Tucker Family Construction is also a leading home improvement company, providing kitchen remodeling, bathroom remodeling, and basement finishing in the Madison area. Contact us today for all of your home improvement needs.