Environmental safety is an important concern for anyone involved in a real estate transaction. When buying or selling property, it is important that a radon inspection is included as part of the pre-sale building inspection. For your safety, Big Mountain Insulators, the premier roofing and insulation company in Whitefish, MT, maintains of team of experts skilled at radon mitigation and radon removal who can detect unsafe levels of the gas.
What Is Radon?
Radon is an odorless, colorless, radioactive gas. As uranium — which naturally occurs in rocks and soil — gradually decays, it releases radon gas, which is difficult to detect. This gas rises through the soil to enter homes and buildings through cracks or gaps in the foundation. Radon gas eventually decays into radioactive solids known as "radon progeny," which float around until they attach to dust particles or other debris in the air.
What Are The Dangers Of Radon?
The danger to inhabitants is that they will inhale the radioactive dust particles. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, any radon exposure puts occupants at risk of lung cancer. Survey data suggests that indoor radon concentrations are three times that of average outdoor levels, so regular radon inspection is necessary to determine if radon mitigation or removal is necessary.
How Do You Test For Radon?
A radon inspection takes two days. A continuous radon monitor (CRM) is placed in the lowest habitable section of a home and left there for 48 hours to acquire hourly samples of the atmosphere to determine radon levels and — in many cases — average humidity, barometric pressure, and temperature, which might affect radon readings. Data is retrieved, and if radon concentration is around three times the average indoor level, the environment is considered unsafe. In such instances, radon removal or radon mitigation is appropriate.
Big Mountain Insulators, the most trusted and dependable radon inspection experts in Whitefish, are your best bet for any roofing, insulation, radon testing, and mold remediation needs in Flathead County. Visit them online or call (406) 862-5446 to speak to a friendly, knowledgeable professional today. You can also find the company on Google +.