Radon is a natural [soil] gas, which is: colorless, odorless, and carcinogenic. Radon enters buildings openings through small cracks and openings in the in the foundation. The only way to identify the levels inside the building is to test for the radon. 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.
We are licensed to provide radon testing for all types of buildings, including:
- Compliance radon testing
- DCFS testing for private and commercial day care centers
- Follow-up radon testing
- HUD Real estate transaction testing
- Multi-Family dwellings
- Real Estate transactions
- University and Education testing
HOW TO PREPARE FOR A CLOSED-BUILDING RADON MEASUREMENT:
Following these guidelines are important to assure measurement accuracy. Should there be any questions or concerns please contact Northern Illinois Radon LLC for answers and solutions.
1. ALL EXTERIOR DOORS AND WINDOWS must be closed for 12 hours prior to the start of this test and throughout the duration of radon testing.
Regular use of exterior doors for entry and exit is allowed and expected. Keep all windows, doors and other openings to the outside closed during the testing period.
2. Set the thermostat to 65 to 80 Degrees Fahrenheit and set to "Auto". Do not change the testing environment in any way, including but not limited to, opening windows, leaving doors open, changing thermostat or fan settings or cause outside air to be introduced into the home.
3. Operation of mechanical systems that draw air out of building may adversely affect the test results. Any test device(s) placed should not be disturbed and the location should not be changed. Report to Northern Illinois Radon LLC any circumstances or events that may cause the conditions outlined above to be violated in any way or manner, and any circumstance that may have an influence of the testing conditions or results. If any of these guidelines are not followed and the test results appear to be incorrect, a re-test may be required.
4. When the radon monitors are placed and test is started, tamper evident seals will be installed on all windows. These should not be removed until the measurement is concluded.
5. The radon measurement will conclude when a licensed technician collects the equipment from the sample site. A formal report will be prepared within 24 hours and delivered by email and by mail (upon request).