Building Sciences | Radon
Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that can cause lung cancer. Radon comes from the natural (radioactive) breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water and gets into the air. Radon is primarily controlled by the natural decay of certain elements in certain types of soil or rock formations, but it can be found all over the U.S. Radon becomes a concern when it seeps into buildings, homes, offices, and schools, which can result in a high indoor radon level. The greatest exposure is most likely to occur at home, where more time is spent (especially basements). Testing is the only way to confirm if there is a risk from domestic radon levels.
Converse has experience in industry-certified radon gas testing and mitigation. If you are concerned your home/structure is located within an area of high radon gas potential, conducting an initial radon gas test is key to determining whether mitigation is required. The EPA recommends taking action if the radon level is 4 pCi/L or higher. http://www.epa.gov/radon/. Converse can assist property owners with site testing and developing and implementing a cost-effective venting mitigation plan to reduce radon gas levels in structures.