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Do you need Radon Testing in Jacksonville, Florida?

protect your family from radon by testingYou can’t see it. You can’t smell it. You can’t taste it. But radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. after smoking, and the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers.

Radon is a naturally occurring, invisible, odorless, tasteless gas. It is regularly found at low concentrations in outdoor air, but can reach harmful levels when trapped in buildings. Radon comes from the radioactive breakdown of naturally occurring radium found in most soils. As a gas in the soil, it enters buildings through small openings in the foundation. Radon can also be released by building materials brought into the home, such as granite countertops. Since the building can hold the radon similarly to smoke trapped under a glass, indoor radon concentrations can increase to many times that of outdoor levels - which can become dangerous.

Any home can have a radon problem, meaning old homes, new homes, well-sealed homes, drafty homes, and homes with or without basements. You cannot predict radon levels based on state, local, and neighborhood radon measurements. The EPA recommends never relying on radon test results taken in other homes in the neighborhood to estimate the radon level in your home since homes next to each other can have different radon levels. Testing is the only way to find out your home's radon level.

Most folks have come to believe that there is no radon in Jacksonville or Northeast Florida, the common reason is that we have sandy soil. But, the EPA claims that high levels of radon have been discovered in EVERY state, including Florida; they recommend testing for radon no matter your geographic location.

Radon Testing - 3 Day Test (minimum)

Passive collection equipment is left in the home for a minimum of 3 days, then picked up and shipped to a certified lab for processing.

Description: Two airtight containers with activated charcoal are deployed in the home. Radon in the air absorbs onto the charcoal granules. At the end of the sampling period, the container is sealed and sent to the laboratory for analysis. Radon is adsorbed onto the charcoal and then measured at a certified lab with a sodium iodide detector.

Home Buyers and Sellers
Guide to Radon
radon brochure from EPA
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