What is Radon?

Radon is a naturally occurring, radioactive gas that comes from the breakdown of uranium in soil, water and especially rock. Radon is a class A carcinogen and the second leading cause of lung cancer. There are approximately 21,000 deaths annually nationwide attributed to radon exposure and 500,000 from cigarette smoking. Keep in mind, exposure to these two carcinogens work synergistically together to work against your health so reducing your exposure to them is essential. Fortunately, testing is accurate, easy and inexpensive and remediation is very effective for reducing radon to safer levels.

Recent changes from the DEP Radon Division and the N.J.A.C. 7:28-27A regulations have adopted more stringent protocols. These protocols state that every single, two family and in home child care facility be tested with 2 side by side tests at a minimum. It is recommended that every "unique foundation area" (slab, crawl space, basement exceeding 2000 sq', separate heating/cooling systems are present, etc.) also be tested with 2 tests per area. If 1 test result conflicts by more than twice the test result of the other then retesting both tests in the same area is recommended according to the DEP for accurate analysis. The EPA, Surgeon General and the DEP strongly recommend that all homes in New Jersey be tested and corrected if levels meet or exceed 4.0 pci\L. The DEP also recommends retesting dwellings with lower level concentrations below 2 pci/L every 5 years; retesting every 2 years with an active radon system installed and consider remediation with dwelling levels 2-3.9 pci/L. Polo & Associates are licensed radon technicians and use only New Jersey state certified labs.

POLO & ASSOCIATES offers radon screening at a discounted rate when performed during our home inspection. Give POLO & ASSOCIATES a Call Today at 973-539-0715!


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