Before buying a new home or business, it is important to make sure it is a healthy environment for all who will be present. At Burgess Inspections, Inc., we can help ensure the safety of your loved ones, employees, and/or customers with our radon testing services. Within a few days, you can have all the information you need to take action and keep all occupants safe.
What Is Radon?
Radon is an invisible, odorless gas that accumulates over time in homes and buildings. This gas is released into buildings through the natural breakdown of uranium, thorium, and radium rocks in the underlying environment. While radon is naturally occurring in the environment, its accumulation in homes and buildings can become extremely dangerous.
Risks of Radon Exposure
Unless your home has been tested, there is no way of knowing whether or not you have been exposed to radon until it is too late. Radon gas is the leading environmental cause of cancer mortality in the U.S., with roughly 21,000 deaths each year. Radon exposure is the number two leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S., second only to smoking.
Newer Homes at Greater Risk
People living in newer homes are at a greater risk of radon exposure than those living in older homes. New homes are more airtight, creating a vacuum that draws and traps radon inside the home. And while buildings in any part of the country can have elevated levels of radon, those in Henrico County are at an especially high risk. The EPA’s map of radon zones lists Henrico County as part of zone 1, meaning the average indoor radon screening levels are greater than 4pCi/L and require remediation.
Request a Radon Test
Protect your family, customers, and employees with a simple radon test from Burgess Inspections. In addition to radon testing, we also provide a host of other specialty inspections including mold, pool and spa, and EIFS inspections. To request a radon test for your Richmond area home, contact us today at (844) 804-9219.