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Radon Testing in Santa Fe, NM

Radon is an odorless and colorless radioactive gas. Long–term exposure to radon can cause lung cancer. Unfortunately, this gas could exist within your home. It’s become an increasingly frequent find. Homes today are built with tighter construction, and don’t allow pollutants such as radon to escape easily. If your home has a basement, you should be particularly concerned about radon exposure. This gas comes from the natural breakdown—radioactive decay—of uranium. Uranium is most often found in igneous rock and soil, but is sometimes found in well–water, too.

The air pressure within your home is typically lower than the pressure in the soil around the foundation. As a result, your house acts like a vacuum. It essentially draws radon in through foundation cracks and other openings that may exist. Then the radon gets trapped inside the house, where it can build up to unsafe levels. Fortunately, the professionals at Roadrunner Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration are licensed to perform radon testing in Santa Fe, NM. Gain peace of mind and keep you and your family healthy. Contact us today to learn more about this important indoor air quality service.

Why Is Radon So Dangerous?

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) cites radon as the second leading cause of lung cancer, with cigarette smoking being the first. The EPA’s recommended action level for radon is 4 pCi/L (picocuries per liter—a unit for measuring radioactive concentrations). The Santa Fe, NM area is one of those with homes that have a level of 4 pCi/L or greater.

For comparison, the EPA estimates that a family who has radon levels of that degree may as well be standing next to a radioactive waste site, unprotected. It is important to note that no level of radon is considered "safe," particularly when you consider how easy it is to be exposed. The primary pathways of human exposure to radon are inhalation and ingestion.

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How Do You Determine Your Home’s Radon Levels?

The only way to know your home’s radon levels with certainty is with professional radon testing. Radon exposure does not cause any immediate symptoms to alert you to its presence, like a gas leak or carbon monoxide leak would. In fact, it usually takes years of exposure to this gas for symptoms to arise.

Radon testing is highly recommended by a number of U.S. agencies, including the EPA, Surgeon General, American Lung Association, American Medical Association, and the National Safety Council. Once your home’s radon levels are determined, we can help you understand whether or not you are at risk of high concentrations of the gas.

There are radon mitigation strategies that can effectively reduce your radon exposure in Santa Fe, NM to acceptable levels, including an active radon system. The method best suited for your home will depend on a number of factors, including your house type. For example, in homes that have a basement, crawlspace, or a slab–on–grade foundation, there are four types of soil suction that can remove radon. In other housing types, radon exposure can be reduced with the assistance of a heat recovery ventilator as well as natural ventilation. Be sure to call our professionals today for more information. 

Contact our Radon Measurement specialists at Roadrunner Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration today!