Radon is a radioactive odorless and tasteless gas that originates from the decay of Uranium in rocks, soil, and water. The US Surgeon General warns us that Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. In Fact, The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) estimates between 15,000 and 22,000 deaths occur each year from Radon. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that 1 out of every 15 homes in the US has dangerous Radon levels.
Although any level of Radon poses some health risk, the EPA only recommends action if the Radon levels are above 4.0 pCi/L. The EPA has three classifications: low risk below 2.0 pCi/L, moderate risk 2 - 4 pCi/L, or high risk as greater than 4.0 pCi/L. The EPA lists Spotsylvania, Stafford, Fairfax, and several small pockets of Prince William County as high risk. Most of Prince William, Loudoun, and Fauquier Counties fall in the moderate risk zone.
Radon is measured in “picocuries per liter of air” or (pCi/L). A trained MHI technician places several charcoal canisters in a basement or the lowest living area and the charcoal absorbs radioactive particles from the air. The technician returns after 48 hours, seals the canister, and sends it to a laboratory for results. The Virginia real estate contract requires that a certified technician conduct the test. Major Home Inspections, Inc. maintains Radon certification through the National Radon Safety Board (NRSB).
If you are concerned about Radon exposure in your home or, would like to have a house tested for a real estate contract, contact MHI today 703-590-4411. A trained technician is ready to assist you.