Radon gas is a odorless and colorless gas that results from the natural breakdown (decay) of uranium in soil, rock, and water and gets into the air you breathe. Radon is known as a human carcinogen and exists all over the United States. Radon gas can get into any type of building, i.e., homes, condominiums, offices, and schools, and build up to unhealthy high levels. Most people are likely to get their greatest exposure to radon gas at home. Radon is measured by picocuries per liter of air (a unit of radiation contained in a liter of air) which is written as pCi/L. Neither the Environmental Protection Agency nor various other medical and scientific organizations have been able to identify and agree on a "safe" level of indoor radon gas, so minimizing exposure to the gas is the recommended course of action. Currently, the EPA recommends indoor radon gas levels be below 4.0 pCi/L.
Radon gas is the number one cause of lung cancer among non-smokers today according to current Environmental Protection Agency's studies. Although lung cancer can be treated, the survival rate is one of the lowest for those with this type of cancer. You can check out the full story at the Environmental Protection Agencies web site . This link will provide access to the Environmental Protection Agency's "A Citizen's Guide to Radon." Scott and Scott recommends testing for all homes for radon in air.
Fairfield County is in Zone 1 (Red Zone) on the EPA's Radon Map - Fairfield County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (picocuries per liter). Click here to view the map.
Radon in Air - (set at the time of our inspection) includes set up and pick up by Scott and Scott Inc. We use two E-Perm electret canisters which are set side by side to measure the level of radon gas and use a local laboratory for quick processing results. We contact you directly as soon as we receive the test results from our laboratory (which is certified by the EPA and the Connecticut Department of Public Health) and your laboratory certificate is emailed or mailed to you, whichever you prefer.
Is there radon gas coming from your granite countertops? New information suggests that granite countertops can emit dangerous levels or radon gas and radiation which have been linked to cancer. There is NO SAFE LEVEL OF RADON GAS. Granite countertops can be emitting dangerous levels of radon in one of the most used rooms in your house, your kitchen. Granite countertops may also installed in bathrooms and anywhere else a countertop can be installed. Call us for further information about radon in air testing.