Do you need Radon Testing in Jacksonville, Florida?
cant see it. You cant smell it. You cant 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)
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
to download for free (PDF)