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Radon is a colorless, odorless, carcinogenic [soil] gas that enters buildings from below and it raises from the earth. When this gas is inhaled, the decaying radon gas separates into radioactive radon decay products (RDPs). These RDPs, contain alpha- and beta- radiation and damage the lining of the lungs over time.
Long-term exposure to radon may lead to lung cancer. The Illinois Emergency Management Agency, Department of Nuclear Services (IEMA) and United States Department of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have identified the lung cancer mortality rate from radon exposure to be approximately 21,000.
Radon Testing Guidelines
Northern Illinois Radon LLC® brand commercial, and residential radon measurement services to Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, and Will counties (serving other counties by appointment).
Offering client focused services such as online scheduling, home inspection and radon mitigation referral services in addition to record management services for commercial clients. Additionally, early morning and late evening appointments are available to accommodate all schedules.
The Illinois Emergency Emergency Management Agency Department of Nuclear Safety (IEMA) recommends all home buyers to have an indoor radon test performed prior to purchase and occupancy of a new home. Radon tests should be performed in the lowest structural areas of the home and if there is multiple foundation types; they all should be be tested.
All measurements are performed in accordance with Illinois Emergency Management, Division of Nuclear Management (IEMA), Measurement Protocol, Section 422.130 of 32 Ill. Adm. Code 422.
What is Radon?
Should I test for Radon?
Testing for radon is the only way to identify the concentrations present in your home, business, day care center or school. The properties of radon (colorless, odorless, tasteless, radioactive) gas allow it to enter your building through the smallest openings and accumulate in the lowest areas. According to the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, Department of Nuclear Management (IEMA), there is elevated concentrations of radon among all of the 102 counties that encompass Illinois. It is estimated that approximately 40% of homes have elevated radon levels. Learn more about the radon levels in your neighborhood, below.
What if my levels are above 4.0 pCi/L?
When elevated levels of radon are identified, it is recommended by both the EPA and IEMA that an IEMA licensed mitigation professional assess the building to determine the proper mitigation solution to best reduce the concentrations to below the action level of 4.0 pCi/L. There are many radon reduction system designs that may be tailored to your building and that should be discussed with the mitigation professional.
Radon Mitigation Explained:
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Is there more than one type of system?
Radon Mitigation Overview