Radon gas is the leading cause of lung cancer exceeded only by cigarette smoking. Similar to smoking radon is a long-term health threat. Variables include the exposure level and the length of exposure. The Center for Disease Control estimates that living in a home with a radon level of 4.0 picocuries per liter (pCi/L) is equivalent to smoking 10 cigarettes a day.
According to the Illinois Emergency Management Agency Bond, Madison, Montgomery, and Macoupin counties have an average Radon level between 2.0 and 3.9 pCi/L. Clinton, Fayette, Jersey, Monroe, and St Clair counties have an average level of 4.0 pCi/L or higher.
The US EPA also lists over half of Franklin, Jefferson, St Charles, and St Louis counties in Missouri as having Radon levels of 4.0 pCi/L or higher. The US EPA recommends levels 4.0 pCi/L or higher be mitigated.
Testing for Radon gas is inexpensive and non intrusive. When possible the test is started two to three days in advance of the home inspection. This allows us to give preliminary results at the inspection and limits the number of trips we make to the sellers home. Our radon inspectors are licensed by the state of Illinois and members of the Mid West American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists, MW AARST.
We use continuous radon measurement instruments, CRM’s that give a hourly radon count. The EPA requires radon tests for residential real estate transactions be conducted in the lowest livable area of a home and must last at least 48 hours. We will email the radon test results with the home inspection, termite inspection and any other reports the following day.
Hawley Home Inspections, LLC is a veteran-owned, and family-operated home inspection company. We have served the St Louis Metro area and South Western IL since 2010.
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