Specializing in commercial and residential radon measurement; including single family homes, duplex and condominiums as well as businesses, day care centers and schools.
Northern Illinois Radon LLC® understands the importance of a radon test in real estate transactions. Offering referral services to Illinois licensed radon mitigation companies; we work for each client to ensure the measurement process is stress free and convenient.
Has it been two years (or longer) since you have tested your home? ContactNorthern Illinois Radon to learn about the importance of testing your home and how to protect your family from the health risks of radon.
Take advantage of the many services Northern Illinois Radon offers, and breathe confidently knowing that the air in your home has been tested, and does not have harmful levels of radon in the air!
Services we offer include:
Pre- and post-mitigation measurements
Short and long-term measurements
Diagnostic measurements are a great way to test your home for radon levels and determine the appropriate remedial solution. Both the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommend that homes be tested every two years for radon levels.
Northern Illinois Radon LLC works with licensed and insured radon mitigation companies in event radon levels are high and mitigation is advised to reduce the radon presence in the building. Consequently providing a safer air quality for the occupants.
Contact Northern Illinois Radon to schedule your diagnostic measurement today.
Follow-up measurements are performed to confirm and characterize elevated radon concentrations that were previously identified in a building.
Radon, a radioactive gas, scentless, tasteless gas with long term affects of lung cancer is measured in units of picoCuries.
The standard unit of measure for radioactivity is the Curie, specifically the rate of decay for a gram of radium (37 billion decays per second). The picoCurie is one trillionth of a Curie. This means that there are 2.22 disintegrations per minute of radioactive material per liter of air (Adopted Rule 422.20).
Therefore, a gallon container with four picocuries per liter would contain 35.2 disintegrations per minute of radon atoms in the container.
Both the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and IEMA have determined four picocuries per liter to be the 'action level', or concentration level in which a building should be mediated to reduce the radon concentration and restore the air quality to lower levels and safe level.
Has your home been identified as having high levels of radon from a previous test or through another company?
Northern Illinois Radon offers both pre-mitigation measurement service as well as post-mitigation measurement to ensure the radon system is working correctly and determine system efficacy.
Post-mitigation measurements shall not be conducted if temporary radon reduction measures are in use.
Post-mitigation measurements shall be conducted to determine a system’s effectiveness after a permanent radon reduction system has been fully operational for at least 24 hours but not later than 30 days following the completion and activation of a mitigation system.
Operation of mitigation systems during radon measurement
The mitigation system shall be operated normally and continuously during the entire measurement period.
Pre- and Post- Mitigation Measurements
Short- and Long- Term Measurements
Short term tests are the first step in assessing the radon levels in your home. A short term measurement lasts between two and seven days (but may last as long as 90 days) and will sample the air quality on an hourly basis and provide feedback on what the radon levels are in the environment. To start, close your house 12 hours before the test; we will then start the test equipment and monitor for a duration of 48 hours (omitting the initial 12 hours). This is the most common and frequent type of radon measurement conducted, that will provide an idea of the air quality.
Long-term measurements are conducted for 90 plus days and are commonly prepared for commercial buildings or to gain a more representative picture of the true radon levels in the home over time as fluctuations due to changes in ambient temperature and barometric pressure are detected and factored into the final valuation.
For this type of measurement, closed building conditions are not required, but are recommended. Long term measurements are not time-sensitive and, therefore, real estate testing options do not apply. Any radon or radon decay product measurement that is acknowledged as appropriate and acceptable by IEMA Measurement Protocol, Section 422.130 of the 32 Ill. Adm. Code 422 and has a duration of more than ninety days.