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When to Get a Radon Gas Inspection: An Interview with Wendy Miller of Environmental Air Quality Professionals, Inc.

By Wendy Miller

Tell us a little bit about your company and the services you offer.

>Environmental Air Quality Professionals, Inc. investigates, tests, and consults on homes when there has been a major water leak, continuous odors, when you feel sick after being in your home, or for peace of mind when you have a loved one with immune compromised immunity and cannot be exposed to entities detrimental to their health.

Can you briefly explain what radon gas is?

Radon is a radioactive gas coming from and the second leading cause of Lung Cancer. There are layer(s) below the ground of natural decaying uranium that can be found in nearly all soil. Uranium turns into a gas and rised through the soil. It will take the path of least resistance. If someone's house has more solid rock below won't be affected as much as would another home on top of porous soil.

Why is it important for people to have their homes checked for radon gas?

Radon is odorless and colorless - the only way to know if you have it or not is to test for it.

What are the most common ways that radon enters a house?

Through water and soil. Radon gas via the soil route comes into the structure via under the house, building or structure through cracks, gaps, etc. in the foundation of a house. Water containing radon is another is another route.

How does an inspector detect a radon leak and how should it be treated?

There are several options that can be used to detect radon: one such method is to use a charcoal canister that is later sent in to a lab for analyst, a continuous monitor can be used and downloaded with each hour's (etc.) reading along with an overall average. Other methods could be alpha track, electric ion chamber and charcoal liquid scintillation. The EPA recommends that reading of 4.0 picocuries per liter of air (pCi/L) or higher be remediated. If your living patterns change and you begin occupying a lower level of your home (such as a basement) you should retest your home on that level. Even if your test result is below 4 pCi/L, you should consider testing again.

There are ways to direct the radon gas out of the house and at this point we would direct you to a qualified remediator for radon.

Is there anything homeowners can do to help prevent problems with radon gas?

Sealing foundation cracks and other openings is a start. Ways to reduce radon in your home are discussed in EPA's "Consumer's Guide to Radon Reduction." You can also download a copy from their radon publications page.

What's the best way for people to reach you and your company?

We can be contacted via telephone or email (706-278-3202, For more information on our company our website

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Wendy Miller is the secretary of Environmental Air Quality Professionals, Inc.

Phone: 706-278-3202

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