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As last week’s blog mentioned, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer, and is a Class A carcinogen. Do you know people who are afraid to go to the doctor because they fear the possibility of bad news? Similarly, many people in the Lexington Ky area put off having their home checked for radon because they fear if there is a safety issue they won’t know how to handle the problem. Fortunately, the fixes are relatively easy. Here’s what to do if your home tests positive for radon:

Perform a second test. Absolute Home Inspection can provide a thorough inspection and confirm (or deny) the presence of radon.

Once unsafe radon levels have been confirmed, hire a qualified radon mitigation expert to make any adjustments or repairs. Mitigation requires special training and therefore is not a DIY project.

If the levels are borderline, between 2-4 picocuries per liter, radon can be reduced with minor work. Your radon specialist may caulk entry points such as cracks in the basement floor. This may not be a long term solution therefore levels need to be checked regularly to ensure that the sealing compound is still providing a barrier.

The standard fix for radon is the installation of a subslab depressurization (SSD) system. The SSD system vents the gases under your slab out above the roof where they dissipate harmlessly.

Wouldn’t you like to know if your home tests positive for radon? Be proactive about your family’s health. Call Absolute to schedule your radon test.

Absolute Home Inspection performs residential and commercial inspections including air quality, termite, and radon inspections in the Lexington and Central Kentucky area. Our professional home inspections enable you to make an informed decision when buying a home in Lexington, Winchester, Paris, Georgetown, Versailles, Midway, Frankfort, Nicholasville, Berea and Richmond, Kentucky. Contact us for your free quote.

radon test lexington ky

Radon is the number one cause of lung cancer among non-smokers and the second leading cause of lung cancer overall. To find out if you are at risk, you must have your home tested for radon – which cannot be detected without an assessment.

Radon is a colorless gas that is odorless and tasteless. It is a radioactive chemical that occurs naturally as part of the decay process of certain elements in the soil. The gas then deteriorates into radioactive particles that are inhaled. The particles damage lung tissue eventually causing lung cancer.

Radon can also contaminate water. Although the risks are less with exposure through water, about 20 people die each year from stomach cancer caused by radon in water.

Radon levels are unsafe in more than 1 out of every 14 homes. Since we typically spend over half of our days indoors at home, it is important to know if there is radon present. This gas comes into a house from the earth beneath the foundation, rises through the soil or rock and gets trapped under the structure. The build up of pressure pushes it up through the floors and walls into the home.

Both new and old homes, with or without basements, are at risk for unsafe levels. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, parts of Kentucky are in Zone 1, defined as having the highest potential of elevated radon levels.

Have your home tested for radon by Absolute Home Inspection. We will do a professional inspection and give you a full report. If you do have high levels, we will offer recommendations and refer you to specialists who can advise you further.

Absolute Home Inspection performs residential and commercial inspections including air quality, termite, and radon inspections in the Lexington and Central Kentucky area. Our professional home inspections enable you to make an informed decision when buying a home in Lexington, Winchester, Paris, Georgetown, Versailles, Midway, Frankfort, Nicholasville, Berea and Richmond, Kentucky. Contact us for your free quote.