Charlotte Radon Testing
Could Your Home Be Affected?
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Radon is present in Charlotte and across the Carolinas. Could your home be affected? Whether you are a long-time homeowner who has never tested for radon or you are buying a home in the Charlotte, NC area, read on to understand the dangers, know your home’s radon levels, and keep your family safe with radon gas testing from local, trusted experts.
What Is Radon?
Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas found in parts of the Carolinas, including Charlotte, that comes from the natural breakdown of uranium in soil, rock, and water. It's odorless, colorless, and tasteless. As radon travels up through the ground to reach your home or workplace, it can enter your living space through cracks in the floor or walls.
Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer nationwide after smoking. If you're worried about radon exposure you should know these facts to protect your family. For more information on radon and how it affects individuals, families, home buyers and sellers, as well as builders and contractors: visit the EPA website.
Bannon Home Inspections can add radon testing on with your residential home inspection or as a standalone service in the Charlotte area. We are a one-stop, local home inspection services provider. For more information on the home inspection services we offer, click here.
Does Radon Exist In Charlotte?
Yes it does! Although it's more prevalent in some areas. As stated above, radon gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. In fact, it can enter any home through small cracks or leaks from water pipes.
Radon gas will then rise into the air and spread throughout our homes when we turn on our furnaces or boil water for tea- and so on. The best way to avoid this is to test your home for radon gas before it's too late. Here is a map of radon levels in North Carolina courtesy of epa.gov/radon
We all know that lung cancer is deadly, but did you know that radon exposure also has other effects on our health? Over time, exposure to radon gas can lead to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a smoking-related condition that causes breathing difficulty. It can also increase the risk of developing leukemia. Check out the South Carolina radon level map from epa.gov/radon
In North Carolina you’ll see: Iredell, Catawba, Lincoln and Gaston counties are orange zone 2. While counties like Mecklenburg, Union, Rowan and Cabarrus are yellow zone 3. Similarly, in South Carolina the counties of York, Cherokee and Spartanburg are orange zone 2 while the majority of the state's larger population areas are yellow, zone 3.
The important take away is that even if you are living or buying a home in a zone 3 area doesn't mean radon isn't there. Per the EPA, all homes should be tested regardless of zone designation. You should be aware of these risks and take steps to protect yourself and your family today, because it's always better to be safe than sorry!
How Do You Test For Radon Gas In Charlotte?
While there are charcoal testers on the market that can give you a relatively inexpensive radon reading, it's best to hire a local Charlotte certified professional to check for radon levels in your home.
At Bannon Home Inspections, we use continuous radon testers which are regularly calibrated and provide more accurate results. They are placed in a location for 48 hours to check the levels of radon that may be present. We’re able to provide the results of a radon gas test shortly after the 48 hours testing period is completed. This is the ultimate way to gain peace of mind when it comes to radon gas and protecting you and your loved ones from its dangers.