Exposure to radon can happen anywhere in the country, even right here in Louisville, Kentucky. According to the American Lung Association, radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the United States and the number one-leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. Radon is responsible for an estimated 21,000 deaths each year.
We don’t mean to scare you, but at least now we have your attention.
Radon is a health hazard with a simple solution. The only way to know if your home and your family are at risk of radon exposure is by professional radon testing.
That’s where we come in. At IPM Services, we want to educate our customers so they know exactly what we’re testing for, how we’re testing for it, and how we can effectively measure the levels of radon inside their homes.
Our licensed radon technicians receive training and certification through two nationally known associations: the American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists (AARST) and the National Radon Proficiency Program (NRPP). With continued education and training, our team can provide accurate readings and properly test and install your mitigation system. This allows us to take care of the job, and you, from start to finish.
What Is Radon?
Let’s back up just a bit, and start with the basics. Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that comes from the breakdown of uranium in soil, rock, and water, and is emitted from the ground. Radon is dangerous, but the worst part is:
You can’t see it. You can’t smell it. You can’t taste it.
Without professional radon testing, this makes it almost impossible to determine if you are being directly exposed to the risks of radon.
Exposure to very low concentrations, like those found outdoors, is impossible to avoid. However, when radon gets trapped indoors after entering a home, it may concentrate to dangerous levels and lead to increased risk to health hazards.
Where Does Radon Come From?
Radon forms naturally. Uranium in soil and rock breaks down to form radium, which then turns into radon gas. Radon gas is then emitted by broken down rock and soil and finds its way into your home through cracks, crevices, wall joints, and other holes in the foundation.
Once radon is trapped inside your home, it begins to accumulate and radon levels begin to increase. Often, radon can and will collect in basements and crawl spaces, because these locations are closest to the ground, aka the source of radon emission.
Although it is rare, radon can also enter your home due to radon-contaminated water that is used in bathrooms, showers, and sinks found inside your home.
Radon gas is measured in picocuries per liter (pCi/L) of air. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), radon levels are considered dangerous when readings reach a level of 4.0 pCi/L or higher.
Radon Inspections for Your Louisville, Kentucky Home
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), 1 out of every 15 homes in the United States is at risk of radon exposure. Don’t become a statistic. The only way to be 100% accurate in knowing if your home and your family are at risk of increased radon levels is to properly test your home, with professional help.
EVERY home in Louisville, Kentucky, Southern Indiana, and all across the country should be inspected and tested for radon exposure. Any home can experience an increased risk of radon levels and exposure. New homes, old homes, well-sealed and drafty homes, and homes with or without basements.
According to the EPA, you should test for radon when both, buying or selling a home. If you’re not planning on moving anytime soon, it is still recommended that you test your home for radon exposure and complete a radon inspection on a minimum two-year basis.
At IPM Services, we offer radon testing and mitigation services to help protect your home and family. We work with those in both the residential and commercial business communities. We provide service during the buying/selling process, as well as annual service for homeowners across the Louisville, Kentucky area.
Our Radon Testing Process:
During your home’s radon inspection, our licensed technicians come and set up a radon monitoring system inside your home. The test is completed over the course of 48 hours. Our team will come back to your home to pick up the radon testing device, where we take it back to our office, review your results, and determine a plan of action.
If your radon inspection results come back with a radon level of 4.0 pCi/L or above, we will propose installing a radon mitigation system. Our team then comes back to your home to offer a free estimate on your system. During this time, we also perform an on-site survey of your home, in order to determine the best place to install the mitigation system.
Radon Mitigation Systems and Installations
Radon mitigation systems work to monitor and reduce the level of radon inside your home. Once it has been decided by the homeowner that a mitigation system will be installed, our technicians and our partner electricians come back to your home and prepare for installation. Our team installs the system and a licensed electrician wires your system.
For your convenience, we perform both services at once whenever possible. If this is not possible, we do our best to ensure same day service. Your installation process also includes a 48-hour re-test, to verify the system is working properly to bring radon levels back down to an acceptable level.
In order to properly install your radon mitigation system, there must be enough aggregate (rock, gravel, and soil) under the slab of your home. However, not all homes are the same.
More often than not, if your Louisville, Kentucky home was built prior to 1970, it’s likely that there is little to no aggregate present, which is needed in order to properly help pull the radon back down to an acceptable level. If this issue occurs, IPM Services will then perform Diagnostic Testing on your home.
Diagnostic Testing With IPM Services
Diagnostic Testing will consist of a variety of smaller testing methods in order to determine if there is grade rock or soil under the slab, and how much or how little of it is present. During this time, we can also monitor the flow of air pressure under the slab of your home, which will inform us of the fan size and how many suction points will be needed for your home’s system.
Furthermore, these tests will aid in deciding which radon reduction technology to utilize, and the cost of the system that will be installed.
IPM Services offers this as a stand-alone service. However, if we perform the Diagnostic Testing, as well as install your radon mitigation system, the fee of the testing is waived. For more information about scheduling service, contact our office today.
Costs of Radon Services
Increased levels of radon exposure can pose serious health threats to you and your family. Because this can be an extensive process with multiple deciding factors, prices often differ from one home to the next. IPM Services provides free estimates for radon testing and inspection, as well as mitigation system installation. We work to keep both, the residential and business community, protected from radon in Louisville, Kentucky and the surrounding areas. For more information on pricing or to request your free estimate, contact us today.
Why IPM Services?
Integrated Pest Management Services is certified by the National Environmental Health Association National Radon Proficiency Program (NEHA – NRPP). Each member of our radon testing team is also licensed by the American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists (AARST).
Our goal is to help you better protect your home and family from potentially dangerous levels of radon. We make sure your system is installed, managed, and monitored properly, and we never stop working to bring you peace of mind that your family is protected.
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