Radon Inspections in Decatur, IL
Radon Inspections in Decatur, IL
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), radon gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer, with cigarette smoking being the first. It is responsible for more than 21,000 deaths each year due to radon-induced cancer. Lung cancer is more commonly associated with smoking tobacco, and many people believe that if they have not smoked a day in their life, then they are safe from lung cancer. However, this is not entirely true. One can be at risk for the disease even though he or she does not smoke. All it takes is exposure to elevated levels of radon gas inside a residence or building. In fact, about 2,900 radon-related deaths occur annually among people who have never smoked.
In addition, radon is difficult to detect. In fact, the only way to discover its presence in a home, office, or residence is to test for it specifically. Normally, radon gas disperses harmlessly into the air, but it can get into homes, particularly those with basements. Inside a home or building, radon gas cannot disperse. Its density causes it to accumulate to harmful levels. And because radon is an invisible, odorless, and tasteless gas, one cannot tell whether it is there unless tests are performed.
Fortunately, professional radon inspection services in Decatur IL are provided by the experts at Callaway and Associates, Inc. We take pride in our work, as we serve the community by offering reliable radon testing for homes, buildings, schools, daycare centers, and other commercial establishments. Have your place tested for radon today.
Radon Levels in Decatur IL
The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) has provided information about radon levels in every county of the state. Results for Macon County, where Decatur IL is located, show that 34% of the area has radon results under 2 pCi/L, 24% has results between 2 pCi/L and 3.9 pCi/L, and the remaining 42% of the whole area shows radon results of 4 pCi/L and above, which is considered as the action level of the EPA and IEMA. This means that almost half of area of the county has radon levels that exceed what the EPA considers as dangerous.
In addition, in considering the location of Decatur relative to the entire state, Macon is actually located in the radon danger zone as indicated by IEMA. Elevated radon levels have been found throughout Illinois, and these levels are classified into three zones, which also divide the state. People residing in Zones 2 and 3 may tend to dismiss radon as a health risk, as these zones have moderate to low potential, respectively. However, elevated radon levels (4.0 pCi/L or more) have been found in Zone 1, wherein Decatur IL is included.
Therefore, in any scenario such as a new home construction, remodeling or renovations, real estate transaction, or building maintenance, radon inspection should be an important step to ensure that a building has no elevated levels of radon present. Occupants must feel safe knowing that the owners of buildings have exercised due diligence in having their properties tested for the harmful, radioactive gas.
Reliable Radon Inspection in Decatur IL
Callaway and Associates, Inc. is licensed by IEMA as a Radon Measurement Professional, with license # RNI2002509. Furthermore, we are also recognized as an Analytical Laboratory with license #RNL2015202. We perform in excess of 400 radon tests per year for both residential and commercial buildings. In our radon tests, we use Sun Nuclear Continuous Radon Monitors (CRM), Rad Elec Electret Ion Chambers (E-Perms), or both.
Sun Nuclear Continuous Radon Monitors are radon detection devices that take multiple radon readings per hour for up to 999 hours. They are equipped with tamper-detection sensors to help identify any attempts to tamper with testing, thus eliminating doubts that human interference is involved with testing. In addition, these units eliminate the low and high bias associated with passive devices that are found in DIY kits.
On the other hand, E-Perms, in their various configurations, can perform tests from 48 hours up to a year. At Callaway and Associates, test results are delivered within 24 hours of the test completion.
Therefore, you can trust us to be your radon inspectors in Decatur IL, as we have the qualifications, equipment, knowledge, and skills necessary to make accurate radon measurements in your home or building so that appropriate actions can be taken for elevated levels of the dangerous gas. We value the health of your family and workers. Thus, we only provide accurate results that lead to proper mitigation procedures.
Trust Callaway and Associates today for quality radon inspections in Decatur IL. Get in touch with us today for more information about our services or to get started with the inspection process.