- Radon

Radon is a radioactive gas. It comes from the natural decay of uranium that is found in nearly all soils. It typically moves up through the ground to the air above and into your home through cracks and other holes in the foundation. Your home traps radon inside, where it can build up. Any home may have a radon problem. This means new and old homes, well-sealed and drafty homes, and homes with or without basements.

Radon in local news:
WCVB 5 - State: 1 in 4 Massachusetts homes could have excessive radon levels

Worcester Telegram - Radon's hidden dangers

Cape Cod Times - Radon debate still in the air

WHDH - Hank Investigates: Radon in Schools

Radon Health Risks:
Radon is a cancer-causing, radioactive gas. Radon is estimated to cause many thousands of deaths each year. That’s because when you breathe air containing radon, you can get lung cancer. In fact, the Surgeon General has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States today. Only smoking causes more lung cancer deaths. If you smoke and your home has high radon levels, your risk of lung cancer is especially high.

How many homes have Radon:
Nearly 1 out of every 15 homes in the U.S. are estimated to have elevated radon levels. Elevated levels of radon gas have been found in Massachusetts homes. Below is the EPA zone map for Massachusetts. Most of central Massachusetts is listed as Zone 1, highest risk for elevated levels of radon. Since radon is a gas it's difficult to predict which house is a hot spot and which is not. Since we can not see, smell, or taste radon the only way to know about your home is to test.
Our Radon Testing Services:
Continuous Monitor Canister
Accurate Yes Yes
Tamper Resistant Yes No
Hourly Radon Readings Yes No
Placement Inspector Inspector
Pickup Inspector By Client or Agent
Time for results Immediate, same day 4-7 business days

We provide continous Radon Monitor testing services for short term tests, 2-4 days. Continous Radon Monitors provide the following advantages over passive devices.
  • Our Continous Radon Monitors are tamper resistant. Each device has built in sensors which log if the device has been moved or tampered with and will show on the report.
  • Continous Radon Monitor is an active device which is contstantly measuring the radon levels providing integrated hourly measurements over the 48 hour test.
  • Our Continous Radon Monitors are US EPA verified, NEHA-NRPP listed and evaluated and approved by the NRSB for use in real estate transaction testing.
  • Our Continous Radon Monitors are calibrated yearly as required by the EPA.
  • Fast Results. At the conclusion of the test a PDF report is emailed to the client right away. No waiting!

What if I have high Radon (Over 4 pCi/L):
The short answer is to fix it. Installation of a radon mitigation system can be installed in most homes relatively inexpensively and easily. We do not install mitigation systems, only perform testing, to prevent any conflict of interested.