Professional Radon Services in Pennsylvania
Mold Medics are licensed radon testers and radon mitigation installers. Our certified radon testing & mitigation contractors follow Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) & Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) standards. We offer radon testing & sub-slab depressurization radon mitigation system installation. Our staff also have up-to-date DEP-issued photo identification cards.
According to Air Chek Inc., as of 2023, Pennsylvania has the third-highest radon levels in the United States; sitting at 8.6 pCi/L on average! The DEP states that 4 out of 10 houses in Pennsylvania have very high levels of radon. It’s easy to be caught unaware by your home’s radon levels, so it’s important to get your home regularly checked by a certified radon remediation contractor. To help illustrate this, we’ve collected the average radon levels of our surrounding counties & created this interactive radon map!
Professional Radon Services You Can Trust
Did you know that radon is considered to be the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States? Although this radioactive gas can be a major concern for many homeowners, our professional radon services are here to calm your worries and provide peace of mind.
We have the equipment to test and mitigate high radon levels. After we install a mitigation system, rest assured that we offer radon system maintenance in Pittsburgh, PA, and the surrounding areas to keep it running smoothly. Our services will ensure that all parts of your system are working correctly, including the warning device and fan unit.
What Is Radon?
Radon is an odorless, colorless, radioactive gas that occurs naturally through the breakdown of radium – the decay product of uranium. Both products are naturally occurring common elements in our soil, which then can enter your home through cracks in your basement & foundation. It’s harmlessly dispersed outside, but if it accumulates in buildings it can cause long-term damage to your health.
Health Risks of Radon
If there is one thing that we can all agree on, it’s the importance of protecting our health. And yet, radon and its health risks go overlooked in many homes across America- despite it being the second leading cause of lung cancer; after cigarettes, and the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers! According to the National Cancer Institute (NCI) & the EPA, radon is estimated to cause around 21,000 lung cancer deaths in the United States every year.
It’s also important to note that smokers who are exposed to high levels of radon are more likely to get lung cancer compared to non-smokers. As with most environmental health issues, the primary concern with radon gas is chronic exposure or exposure over a long period of time. The best thing a homeowner can do is get professional radon services if their test shows elevated levels. Radon mitigation systems are durable and built to last for years, so they are a solid investment in your family’s health.
Protect Your Home Against Radon Today
Don’t know if your home needs radon mitigation? According to the DEP, Pennsylvania has one of the most serious radon problems in the United States. On average 4 out of 10 houses in Pennsylvania have very high levels of Radon. It’s easy to be caught unaware by your home’s Radon levels, so it’s important to get your home regularly checked by certified professionals.
It’s also highly recommended to perform retests after any major home renovation, especially if they involve structural changes or foundation repairs. This also could include finishing your basement or adjustments to your HVAC system. This is so that you don’t get caught unaware by an increase in your radon levels.
You can learn more about how radon levels are measured & tested, and our radon testing services, by clicking the button below! We’d also recommend looking at our Interactive Average Radon Levels Map to learn the average radon levels in your county.
Your Neighbors Radon Level Isn't Your Own
In early 2022, we were curious if there was any credence to people who say “my neighbor recently test so I’m fine” or “my neighbor has a radon mitigation system, so it’s lowering my radon levels too”. So we embarked on a mission to assess the radon levels in multiple homes situated on the same street in Valencia, PA. These houses, built simultaneously using identical construction methods and builders, presented a unique opportunity to study the variability of radon levels.
What we discovered was startling. Out of the five homes we tested, four exceeded the radon action level. The readings ranged from 4.1 pCi/L to an alarming 15.9 pCi/L. The home with the lowest level, of 2.6 pCi/L, had a radon mitigation system installed and was located in the middle of the neighborhood. Clearly not helping to lower the other homes’ levels. This study serves as a stark reminder that radon issues can vary drastically even among homes with a similar construction in close proximity and the importance of performing annual radon testing of your home.
How Does Radon Enter Your Home?
The highest level of concentration is normally found on the lowest level of your home. It enters as a gas through cracks in the floor, walls, foundation, hollow block walls, and sump pumps. Basements with no visible signs of cracks or openings also can have radon because radon can move easily through all gas-permeable materials.
Is your home a new construction, built on a slab, or a townhouse?
Since radon enters your home from the soil beneath it, a problem can arise no matter what style, age, location, or building materials of your home. The average radon levels in each state can be drastically different due to things like terrain, uranium content in the soil, and how porous surface rock formations are. So whether the home is newly built, or is just new to you, it’s recommended that homes in Pennsylvania are tested by a licensed radon tester every five years, or every two years if you have a mitigation system installed to ensure that the system is continuing to operate correctly.
Professional Installation Radon Mitigation Systems
Once you’re aware that your radon levels are above the EPA’s or WHO’s action level, it’s time to take steps to better mitigate your home’s Radon levels. Mold Medics are licensed radon testers and radon mitigation installers. Our certified radon testing & mitigation contractors follow EPA & DEP standards. We offer radon testing & sub-slab depressurization radon mitigation system installation. Our staff also have up-to-date DEP-issued photo identification cards.
You can learn more about what a Sub Slab Depressurization Radon Mitigation System is, and how we install it into your home, by clicking the button below!