Why Do you need A Radon test?
Here at Framework, we not only appreciate your business, but most of all, we care about your health and safety. Tennessee is well known for areas of higher than average radon levels. For this reason, it is recommended that you have your home tested for radon. A short-term test is the best option during a real-estate transaction. This short-term test is performed by using an advanced continuous radon monitor placed within the lowest living area of the home. The monitor will record hourly data throughout the test until the device is retrieved 48 hours later. Results are instantly uploaded and sent to the client along with further recommendation based off the test result numbers.
Environmental Protection Agency
EPA - Tennessee Radon Zones
Three important things about radon
Your health and safety are my top priority. For this reason, we want to share with you some important information about a potentially dangerous element know as radon.
Three things we know about Radon:
Radon causes lung cancer.
Radon levels can be determined through testing.
High radon levels can be lowered to acceptable levels.
Below you will find some basic information regarding radon.
Click the "Home Buyer's and Seller's Guide to Radon" for
more detailed information.
What is Radon?
Radon is a cancer-causing radioactive gas that you cannot see, smell or taste. According to U.S. Surgeon General Richard H. Carmona (2005):
“Indoor radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the United States and breathing it over prolonged periods can present a significant health risk to families all over the county. It's important to know that this threat is completely preventable. Radon can be detected with a simple test and fixed through well-established venting techniques."
How does Radon enter my house?
Radon is released from the ground and enters a home through cracks in walls, basement floors, foundations and other openings. Radon can be found everywhere but mostly in small concentration. Once it is trapped indoors, it may build up to dangerous levels.
When does Radon become dangerous?
Radon has been found at elevated levels in homes in every state. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that nearly one out of every fifteen homes in the United States has unsafe indoor radon levels.
Your home can have elevated levels of radon while your neighbor's home does not. Testing is the only way to determine if you have a problem. Radon testing is easy and inexpensive, and it could save your life. Thousands of lung cancer deaths could be avoided each year if homes with elevated radon underwent changes to reduce radon pollution.
What are the health effects of Radon?
Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, responsible for thousands of deaths each year. Exposure to radon causes no immediate symptoms, but the long-term threat of lung cancer is significant to everyone. People who have never smoked make up approximately 2,900 of the estimated 21,000 radon-related lung cancer deaths each year. Smoking and radon exposure can separately increase the risk of lung cancer. But if you smoke, know that exposure to both greatly enhances the risk of lung cancer.
Can Radon levels be lowered to acceptable levels?
Yes, reliable techniques exist for reducing radon levels in homes. Radon mitigation systems have developed to the point that virtually any home can be fixed by a trained radon contractor. Once it has been determined that a property is in need of a mitigation system, the property owner should immediately contact a licensed or certified radon mitigation contractor to reduce the radon levels. The contractor will determine the appropriate radon reduction method needed for the property and install the system. Most systems can be installed in less than a day. Once installation is complete, a retest will be performed to determine the new levels of radon in the area.
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