Irrespective of whether you are selling a home or buying it, a home inspection is always an important factor not to miss. When purchasing commercial or residential property, then the presence of Radon gas on the property can certainly catch you by surprise.
Radon is a natural element that is created by uranium decay in the soil. This radioactive material can be found in every state and can also poison a water supply near the household. Though according to the periodic table Radon is an inert gas, as the heaviest of all inert gases found naturally, it also shows radioactive properties. In many parts of the country, the natural breaking down of uranium present in the soil or the rocks produce the Radon gas which then emits through the cracks in the foundation and structure of the building.
What does all that mean?
Radon gas is a silent killer. It is cancer causing radioactive gas. You can’t taste it, smell it, or even know if it’s present without testing for it. It comes from the breakdown of Uranium in the soil. Here is a map of Wisconsin from the EPA website showing the radon gas levels in the state. Notice that Waukesha County is in the high region. Milwaukee and the surrounding areas are known for having elevated levels of radon gas.
Who is at risk?
Almost every household can be in danger when it comes to radon exposure. Homes with crawl spaces are more prone to radon presence. Studies show that the concentrations of radon go almost ten times higher than usual during the winters and the presence of radon in such large quantities is dangerous for every member of the households.
You will need to consult our radon testing Milwaukee specialists to find out the actual concentration of radon in your home and water supply. If the level of radon is as high as or greater than 4 pCi/L, a skilled radon mitigation contractor will have to be called in to install a radon mitigation system in your home.
Milwaukee Radon Testing has increased over the last few years. The primary reason for this is the increased of radon awareness.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) and the Surgeon General’s Office have estimated that Radon gas exposure causes as many as 20,000 lung cancer deaths each year. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer. Radon-induced lung cancer costs the United States over 2 billion dollars per year in both direct and indirect health care costs. (Based on National Cancer Institute statistics of 14,400 annual radon lung cancer deaths – Oster, Colditz & Kelley, 1984) More than 15,400 deaths are caused by complications due to exposure to radon every single year in the United States.
Our Milwaukee Radon Testing delivers quick and more accurate results than other testing methods. There is no lag in turn around. 48 hours and done! It is best to call House to Home Inspections for your Milwaukee Radon Testing.