Radon is an odorless, colorless gas that isn’t easily detected without radon testing. It is considered hazardous to health because of its radioactive property. There is a direct link between inhaling radon and lung cancer. In fact, more than 21,000 people die of lung cancer in the US every year as a result of radon poisoning.
There is no doubt that radon is a dangerous contaminant of indoor air. The radon levels in three out of ten Utah homes exceeds the level recommended by the Environmental Protection Agency. Depending on the way your home is built or ventilated, radon can accumulate in your home. The only way to find out if your family is at risk from radon poisoning is to conduct tests.
Businesses are also vulnerable to radon contamination. Radon is found in all kinds of soil and it is produced from natural uranium decay. Uranium will break down into radium, which will in turn disintegrate into radon. Radon seeps out of the earth and enters your home or commercial building through floor cracks, wall cracks, construction joints, cavities in walls, gaps around pipes, water supplies, and other routes. Your employees may be breathing poisoned air. It’s important to get a radon test to check levels of this dangerous gas in your Utah commercial building. If tests show that radon levels are high at your Utah business, we can recommend ways to help fix the problem, such as increasing ventilation or sealing cracks.
If you live in Utah or own a commercial building here, radon testing from Aerolite Consulting can help you ensure the safety of your family or your workers.
What is the risk you face when you live or work with radon daily?
Radon disintegrates into other radioactive particles and these are trapped inside your lungs. When these particles undergo further disintegration, they release small amounts of energy. This damages the lung tissue and may lead to lung cancer. The irony is, not all people who are exposed to high levels of radon will develop lung cancer. If you are a smoker, your chances of developing lung cancer increase further.
How can Aerolite Consulting help with radon testing at your Utah home or business?
We offer two types of radon testing in Salt Lake City, Orem, Provo and Springville – short-term and long-term tests. Short-term tests can be completed in 48 hours. The home or business can typically be occupied during testing, but windows are required to stay closed. Charcoal canisters or other specialized electronic instruments are used to conduct this test. Long-term tests will last for more than three months and can be conducted while people stay in the house or work in the building. In this type of test, an alpha track detector or some other electronic detection instrument is used. Long-term tests are recommended because ambient temperature changes as well as barometric pressure are factored in, to arrive at a final valuation.
If you are looking for home inspection companies that offer radon testing in Salt Lake City, Park City, Sandy, Provo, Orem, Springville or any other region of Utah, contact Aerolite Consulting today.