You can’t see, taste, or even smell radon, but unless you test your home, it still may be a problem. Radon is a radioactive gas that is formed by the natural breakdown of uranium, which is found in nearly all soils and rock.
Radon is known carcinogen and can pose serious health risks to you and your family. The only way to be sure your home is radon free is through careful testing and the installation of a radon mitigation system. As your local radon experts, Halco can ensure that your home is protected. Call us today to get a radon mitigation quote in Webster, Elmira, Fairport, Auburn, Cortland, Canandaigua, Pittsford and the nearby areas in New York.
All homes, regardless of their location, can have a radon problem. This means new and old homes, well-sealed and drafty home, and homes with or without basements. Here are some frequently asked questions about radon:
Radon moves up through the ground and makes its way into your home through cracks and holes in the foundation, construction joints, cracks in walls, gaps around service pipes, gaps in suspended floors and cavities inside walls. In some cases, radon can even enter the home through well water. Your home traps radon inside where it can build up over time.
According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States and is responsible for thousands of deaths each year.
Absolutely. Let Halco’s Energy Efficiency team test your home — it’s the only way to truly know if you and your family are at risk, it’s inexpensive and it’s easy. If you plan to air seal and insulate your home for comfort and energy efficiency, now would be the best time to test your home’s radon levels, as these home improvements will lessen the ability of radon to escape your home.
Radon levels are measured in picocuries per liter of air, or “pCi/L.” If levels are greater than 4, the EPA recommends installing a mitigation system.
Radon mitigation systems can reduce the levels of radon in your home by up to 99%. Even very high levels can be reduced to acceptable levels with a proper mitigation system. Most mitigation systems consist of a PVC pipe connected to a specially designed fan that is vented out of your home through the roof.
As a Certified Mitigator of NYS and member of the National Radon Safety Board, Halco is here to make sure you and your family are safe against the dangers of radon. Contact Halco today for an estimate in Ithaca, Rochester, Syracuse, Webster, Elmira, Fairport, Auburn, Cortland, Canandaigua, Pittsford and throughout the Finger Lakes!
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