radon testing

Many homeowners wonder, “How does radon gas cause cancer?” upon learning about the presence of the radioactive gas for the first time. That question is understandable since many Pennsylvania homeowners are surprised by the presence of radon in their homes. By damaging the lungs through radiation over long periods, radon induces lung cancer in thousands of people every year. (more…)

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Why are Pennsylvania radon levels in homes so high? Indoor radon levels are dependent upon the distribution of uranium-rich rocks and soils and the porousness of the earth, near a home. Pennsylvania happens to have a high distribution of these uranium-rich rocks and soils. Different homes, even those close to each other can have varying levels of radon. These levels may be impacted by the condition of the homes, for example more foundation cracks could allow more of the gas to get into the home. Radon is an invisible, odorless, radioactive gas that seeps into homes from the earth via…

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Many factors can be considered when a customer is trying to establish the competitive advantage of using one company’s services over another. Price, of course is a major one, and customer service is another. When comparing radon testing and inspection companies, what factors do you look for? (more…)

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  The winter months are just around the corner, and winter means different things to different people. Some think of enjoying the snow by going out skiing or snowboarding, while others prefer to sit by a warm fire with a cup of hot chocolate. Winter also can result in increased radon levels, and is therefore an ideal time for testing. Since radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer, testing your home for radon is important. But what exactly makes radon testing in winter smart? What makes winter the ideal time for testing your home for radon? High Radon…

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As a contractor, you have to be aware of protecting yourself and, of course, the clients you are working with. Countless things could cause issues when you are building a new home or repairing an older one. Radon has been a well-documented issue in Pennsylvania for a number of years now, and radon testing the homes you build or repair could prove invaluable. (more…)

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Radon testing can be done fairly easily and reliably with a kit, either by a homeowner or a radon testing company. However, once a homeowner becomes aware that his/her home is testing at high radon levels, we recommend calling a professional radon remediation specialist. So many factors are involved when determining the right type of mitigation system, and a skilled, trained professional will save you time, money and worry in the long run. At Keystone ETS, we guarantee our work too. Recently, we became aware that a local big box hardware store is making radon fan kits available to homeowners…

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A qualified radon service provider understands the seriousness of radon gas and the threat of long-term exposure which can and often does lead to respiratory issues like lung cancer. Studies in the effects of radon gas on human health have led the US EPA (US Environmental Protection Agency) and state health department to strongly recommend all that all home buyers, sellers, and residents undergo radon testing. While radon testing can be done with testing kits bought at a local hardware or similar store, experts recommend consulting with a qualified radon contractor who can provide mitigation if necessary. (more…)

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Pennsylvania's Montgomery and Chester counties are wonderful places to start and raise families. These areas are renowned for having superior school systems, outstanding parks and recreation opportunities, and safe neighborhoods with low crime statistics. However, sometimes dangers and hazards are prevalent in even what appears on the outside to be the safest of regions and within the most secure of homes. One such danger, radon gas, can be mitigated if you perform radon testing and learn that the gas is present at unsafe levels in your home. (more…)

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With all of the information about radon gas and the need for radon gas testing in Pennsylvania counties, you may wonder, “Do all homes have radon?” The answer that many homes have no problem with radon gas. The average level of radon in the air outside, according to the EPA, is 0.4 pCi/L (picocuries per liter). But the percentage of homes with high radon levels in our area make radon testing a very recommendable action. In the following local counties, we list the percentage of surveyed homes with high or moderate risk of radon exposure- those with 4 pCi/L or…

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