Radon is a radioactive gas that comes from the natural radioactive decay of radium, which is a natural decay product of uranium. Scientifically, “radon” is known to be radon-222, the most abundant isotope of the element radon. As a noble gas, radon is colorless, odorless and chemically inert and cannot bedetected by human senses. Also, since radon is not chemically reactive with most materials, it will move freely as a gas. Radon has a radiological half-life of 3.8 days, and can move substantial distances from its point of origin.
Radon is estimated to cause about 21,000 lung cancer deaths per year, according to EPA's 2003 Assessment of Risks from Radon in Homes (EPA 402-R-03-003). Only smoking causes more lung cancer deaths, but if your home has high radon levels and you smoke, then your risk of lung cancer is especially high. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the American Lung Association agree that long term exposure to elevated levels of radon pose a significant health risk to you and your family. Therefore, since radon is a colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas, the only way to determine if radon is in your home is by testing.
How long does the test take?
Minimum test time is 48 hours
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CPI now offers at third party, easy-to-understand snapshot of a homes environmental health and that of the surrounding area at a very affordable price. These reports are beneficial to both the seller and buyer. If you are selling your home, what a great way to introduce your home and surrounding community to any potential buyers and as a home buyer, the Neighborhood Environmental Report helps provide peace of mind for you and your family.
What are the benefits?
Environmental Data Resources (EDR) provides a third party report of the Neighborhood Environment by pulling records from a variety of trusted resources, including governmental databases.It searches for concerns that might be dangerous to a homeowner's family or investment such as nearby leaking underground oil tanks, landfills, hazardous waste sites, and illegal drug labs.Accessing a database of millions of records, the report will identify known environmental hazards. Some of the most dangerous or costly hazards exist outside and can contaminate a home through pathways to human contact such as vapor intrusion, soil and groundwater.Just because an area appears pristine does not mean that issues are not present.
What is included in the report?
The Neighborhood Environmental Report includes information about issues such as; ·Leaking underground oil tanks ·Hazardous waste sites ·Landfills ·Homes that have been used as illegal drug labs ·Contamination from nearby industrial sites, farms or accidental toxic spills ·U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's top clean-up priority properties
These hazards can pose a threat to you and your family's health and property value as harmful substances can find their way into your drinking water, the soil around your home, or can contaminate indoor air through vapor intrusion. Every report includes detailed information about what has been searched and identified as well as contact information for all governmental and private organizations from which the databases were accessed for the report.
What if something is found? The good news is that if an issue of concern is revealed, your EDR-Certified professional is trained to help you understand the reports findings and guide you to a solution. If an issue does arise, oftentimes it can be resolved through inexpensive and easy to implement solutions such as; . Installation of a ventilation system, like the ones used to dissipate radon ·Installation of a water filtration system ·Periodic water quality testing