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Radon Testing: An Investment In Your Home And Health

At Travis & Associates, we often find ourselves educating soon-to-be and long-term homeowners about the critical need for Radon Testing. While most people recognize the importance of a typical home inspection, the need for professional Radon Testing is underestimated by many and unfortunately at the cost of their home and family’s health. To ensure a thorough health-check of your home, we recommend our 48-hour short-term radon testing with a detailed 1,000+ point home inspection.

Where can we find Radon in a home?

Radon is a natural, radioactive gas that is present in the soil, water, and air. The gas is odorless, colorless and tasteless which makes it particularly difficult to identify.

Why is Radon so harmful?

Radon gas itself is relatively harmless. It is the decay product of radon gas that releases damaging energy particles leading to lung tissue damage when inhaled. It’s also harmful due to its radioactive nature. If it is inhaled into the lungs, it can damage cells and because of this, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States.

Radon risks in Portland

According to www.oregon.gov, Oregon sees 276 radon-related lung cancer deaths each year. You can review the risk levels by zip code at Oregon.gov. You can view their interactive map of radon risk by zip code chart.

Protecting Your Home & Family From Radon

A short-term Radon Test is the best way to record and mitigate Radon issues. Whether you are considering purchasing a home, or have been living in yours for a while, Radon Testing is a must for every home.

  • Radon Testing with Travis & Associates typically takes 48 hours for the actual test with a pre-period of 12 hours to confirm a “closed house” condition unless the property is vacant and has been closed for longer than that period.
  • The formal written report is published the same day as the Radon measurement device is picked up. An initial average reading can be provided at the time of pick up for urgent transactions. The “action level” deemed by the EPA is 4.0 pCu/L (picocuries per liter) at which level the home needs to be remediated.

 

At Travis & Associates Home and Commercial Inspections, we strongly recommend Radon Testing to every homeowner. The risk that Radon poses to your home and health are substantial, and can be mitigated by timely action. Our team has provided trusted, timely and thorough home and commercial inspections, radon testing and sewer scope professional serving the Portland area for 10+ years. Call or text 503-812-9929 to schedule your inspection today.