Radon Testing from Albany to the Adirondacks

The only way to know if your home has radon is to test for it. Testing for radon is easy and very inexpensive. The EPA and the Surgeon General recommend that all homes be tested for radon. If you find you have radon in your home a radon mitigation system can reduce the levels of radon to safe numbers. Even homes with very high levels of radon can be reduced by up to 99%. 

Two days after your system is installed, you will test for radon. Your system needs to be tested every two years thereafter. 

What is Radon?

Radon is an odorless, colorless radioactive gas that is produced from the natural decay of uranium in soil. When inhaled, it gives off radioactive particles that can damage the cells that line your lungs. Long-term exposure to radon can cause lung cancer.

“Radon poses an easily reducible health risk to populations all over the world, but has not up to now received widespread attention,” said Dr. Michael Repacholi, coordinator of WHO’s Radiation and Environmental Health Unit. He went on to say that “radon in our homes is the main source of exposure to ionizing radiation, and accounts for 50% of the public’s exposure to naturally-occurring sources of radiation in many countries.”

– Michael Repacholi, World Health Organization

Frequently Asked Questions About Radon Remediation

  • What is the acceptable level of radon in air?

    The EPA states that any Radon exposure carries some risk, the ideal level in a home or building should be as close as possible to out door air which averages 0.4 pCi/l. The EPA recommends homes be fixed if an occupants exposure will average 4 picocuries per liter (pCi/L) or higher.

  • How often is indoor radon a problem?

    The EPA sates that nearly one out every 15 homes has a radon level they consider to be elevated which is 4 pCi/L. The average for a single family home is 1.3 pCi/l.

  • What is a Radon mitigation system?

    A Radon mitigation system is any system or steps to reduce the radon concentration inside of a building.

  • Will anymore Radon testing need to be done after the mitigation system is installed?

    Yes a radon test should be conducted between 48 hours and 30 days after system is installed to verify the radon levels have been reduced

Testing For Radon

  • Obtain a test kit from New York State
  • Buy a do it yourself test kit from most home improvement stores
  • Call a local home inspector
  • Want it done quickly? We can set up Radon Monitor in your basement to give you results in about 2 days.
  • Here is a map to check if you live in a high Radon area in New York State

Radon testing should be done in the basement or the lowest level of your home.

How Radon Enters the Home

This diagram shows how radon enters the home. It can come in through your basement, a crawl space, a basement window, radon can even be in your water.

Visit the EPA website for more information

Surgeon General Warning

Surgen General Warning“Indoor radon is the second – leading cause of lung cancer in the United States and breathing it over prolonged periods can present a significant health risk to families all over the country. It’s important to know that this is completely preventable. Radon can be detected with a simple test and fixed through well – established venting techniques.”

Protect Your Family with Radon Remediation

Adirondack Healthy Home is dedicated to improving the radon levels of homes in the Albany, Hudson Valley, and Adirondack areas. We proudly provide comprehensive radon testing services for residential and commercial customers in Albany, Clifton Park, Schenectady, Saratoga Springs, Glens Falls, Queensbury, Lake George, Plattsburgh and other nearby areas.