Testing for Radon in Richmond Apartments

It is not uncommon for tenants of apartment buildings to ask us whether or not their unit should be tested for Radon. The simple answer is yes. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the US.  If you smoke, and you are exposed to high levels of Radon, your chances for getting lung cancer are significantly increased.  Radon is a problem in Richmond, and high concentrations can be found in all buildings including apartment buildings. If you are concerned about your exposure to Radon, the first step is to ask your landlord if the building has been tested for Radon. If not, you can see if they are willing to have the whole building tested for radon.

If your landlord has not, and is unwilling to test your building for Radon, it would be prudent to get your own unit tested.  High concentrations of radon have been detected in all floors of high rise apartment buildings. Radon tests are a cost effective way to determine your exposure. If you want us to perform a Radon test in your apartment, call us at 804-269-4321.

Call us at 804-269-4321 to schedule your Richmond Radon Test

The Radon concentration level at which the EPA recommends mitigating for is 4 pCi/L and above. Results from airchek.com estimate that around 29% of homes in Goochland have Radon concentration levels that require mitigation. 22% of homes in Goochland have Radon concentration levels that you should consider mitigating for. Call us at 804-269-4321 to get your home tested for Radon.

Radon in Goochland    Results under 2 pCi/L

   Results between 2 and 3.9 pCi/L

   Results 4 pCi/L and above

Radon Risk in Goochland Virginia

Radon Risk in Goochland Virginia

What is radon?

According the EPA ,Radon is a cancer-causing, radioactive gas.  It is a gas that decays into radioactive particles that can get trapped in your lungs when you breathe. As they break down further, these particles release small  bursts of energy. This can damage lung tissue and lead to lung cancer over the course of your lifetime.

Radon Particle

How does radon enter your home?

Radon breaks down into a gas from Uranium which is found in almost all soils. The gas is able to travel through the soil and into your home through cracks in the foundation, expansion joints or gaps in the foundation, gaps or voids in the subfloor, contaminated water, and even granite counter tops.  The radon gets trapped in the house and many factors can determine its concentration levels.

Radon Entry Points

 

What is the risk in living with radon?

Radon causes 20,000 lung cancer deaths a year. It is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. It is second only to smoking.  If you smoke, or are exposed to second hand smoke, and you are exposed to radon, your chances to get lung cancer are significantly increased. The EPA as provided these charts to represent the risks associated with radon exposure.

Radon Risk If You Smoke

Radon Level

If 1,000 people who smoked were exposed to this level over a lifetime*…

The risk of cancer from radon exposure compares to**…

WHAT TO DO: Stop smoking and…

20 pCi/L About 260 people could get lung cancer 250 times the risk of drowning Fix your home
10 pCi/L About 150 people could get lung cancer 200 times the risk of dying in a home fire Fix your home
8 pCi/L About 120 people could get lung cancer 30 times the risk of dying in a fall Fix your home
4 pCi/L About 62 people could get lung cancer 5 times the risk of dying in a car crash Fix your home
2 pCi/L About 32 people could get lung cancer 6 times the risk of dying from poison Consider fixing between 2 and 4 pCi/L
1.3 pCi/L About 20 people could get lung cancer (Average indoor radon level) (Reducing radon levels below 2 pCi/L is difficult.)
0.4 pCi/L About 3 people could get lung cancer (Average outdoor radon level)
Note: If you are a former smoker, your risk may be lower. * Lifetime risk of lung cancer deaths from EPA Assessment of Risks from Radon in Homes (EPA 402-R-03-003). ** Comparison data calculated using the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 1999-2001 National Center for Injury Prevention and Control Reports.

Radon Risk If You’ve Never Smoked

Radon Level

If 1,000 people who never smoked were exposed to this level over a lifetime*…

The risk of cancer from radon exposure compares to**…

WHAT TO DO:

20 pCi/L About 36 people could get lung cancer 35 times the risk of drowning Fix your home
10 pCi/L About 18 people could get lung cancer 20 times the risk of dying in a home fire Fix your home
8 pCi/L About 15 people could get lung cancer 4 times the risk of dying in a fall Fix your home
4 pCi/L About 7 people could get lung cancer The risk of dying in a car crash Fix your home
2 pCi/L About 4 person could get lung cancer The risk of dying from poison Consider fixing between 2 and 4 pCi/L
1.3 pCi/L About 2 people could get lung cancer (Average indoor radon level) (Reducing radon levels below 2 pCi/L is difficult.)
0.4 pCi/L (Average outdoor radon level)
Note: If you are a former smoker, your risk may be higher. * Lifetime risk of lung cancer deaths from EPA Assessment of Risks from Radon in Homes (EPA 402-R-03-003). ** Comparison data calculated using the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 1999-2001 National Center for Injury Prevention and Control Reports.

What about radon in Richmond?

Here is a chart of average radon test results in and around Richmond.  The EPA considers Richmond, Henrico, New Kent, Charles and Prince George as low potential zones but they recommend radon testing regardless of zones. Goochland, Powhatan, Chesterfield, Hopewell and Petersburg are in Zone 3, which is the high potential zone. Average test results in this zone are above 4 pCi/L which should be mitigated for health reasons. We recommend testing your home regardless of location.

Radon in Richmond Virginia
Radon in Richmond Virginia

What now?

Radon does not have to be scary. Give us a call and let us test your home for radon. We test for radon in Richmond, Henrico, New Kent, Charles, Goochland, Powhatan, Chesterfield, Hopewell and Petersburg.  If the tests are above 4 pCi/L, we will perform another test.  Two tests above 4 pCi/L and the EPA recommends having a radon mitigation system installed in your home. Here is a standard radon mitigation system

Radon mitigation
Radon mitigation

What is Radon?

Is there Radon in Richmond?

Is there Radon in Chesterfield?

Is there Radon in Henrico?

Is there Radon in Dinwiddie?

Is there Radon in Goochland?

 

 Is there Radon in Dinwiddie?

The Radon concentration level at which the EPA recommends mitigating for is 4 pCi/L and above. Results from airchek.com estimate that around 22% of homes in Dinwiddie have concentration levels that require mitigation. 38% of homes in Dinwiddie have concentration levels that you should consider mitigating for. Call us at 804-269-4321 to get your home tested for Radon.

Radon in Dinwiddie    Results under 2 pCi/L

   Results between 2 and 3.9 pCi/L

   Results 4 pCi/L and above

Radon Risk in Dinwiddie Virginia

Radon Risk in Dinwiddie Virginia

What is radon?

According the EPA ,Radon is a cancer-causing, radioactive gas.  It is a gas that decays into radioactive particles that can get trapped in your lungs when you breathe. As they break down further, these particles release small  bursts of energy. This can damage lung tissue and lead to lung cancer over the course of your lifetime.

Radon Particle

How does radon enter your home?

Radon breaks down into a gas from Uranium which is found in almost all soils. The gas is able to travel through the soil and into your home through cracks in the foundation, expansion joints or gaps in the foundation, gaps or voids in the subfloor, contaminated water, and even granite counter tops.  The radon gets trapped in the house and many factors can determine its concentration levels.

Radon Entry Points

 

What is the risk in living with radon?

Radon causes 20,000 lung cancer deaths a year. It is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. It is second only to smoking.  If you smoke, or are exposed to second hand smoke, and you are exposed to radon, your chances to get lung cancer are significantly increased. The EPA as provided these charts to represent the risks associated with radon exposure.

Radon Risk If You Smoke

Radon Level

If 1,000 people who smoked were exposed to this level over a lifetime*…

The risk of cancer from radon exposure compares to**…

WHAT TO DO: Stop smoking and…

20 pCi/L About 260 people could get lung cancer 250 times the risk of drowning Fix your home
10 pCi/L About 150 people could get lung cancer 200 times the risk of dying in a home fire Fix your home
8 pCi/L About 120 people could get lung cancer 30 times the risk of dying in a fall Fix your home
4 pCi/L About 62 people could get lung cancer 5 times the risk of dying in a car crash Fix your home
2 pCi/L About 32 people could get lung cancer 6 times the risk of dying from poison Consider fixing between 2 and 4 pCi/L
1.3 pCi/L About 20 people could get lung cancer (Average indoor radon level) (Reducing radon levels below 2 pCi/L is difficult.)
0.4 pCi/L About 3 people could get lung cancer (Average outdoor radon level)
Note: If you are a former smoker, your risk may be lower. * Lifetime risk of lung cancer deaths from EPA Assessment of Risks from Radon in Homes (EPA 402-R-03-003). ** Comparison data calculated using the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 1999-2001 National Center for Injury Prevention and Control Reports.

Radon Risk If You’ve Never Smoked

Radon Level

If 1,000 people who never smoked were exposed to this level over a lifetime*…

The risk of cancer from radon exposure compares to**…

WHAT TO DO:

20 pCi/L About 36 people could get lung cancer 35 times the risk of drowning Fix your home
10 pCi/L About 18 people could get lung cancer 20 times the risk of dying in a home fire Fix your home
8 pCi/L About 15 people could get lung cancer 4 times the risk of dying in a fall Fix your home
4 pCi/L About 7 people could get lung cancer The risk of dying in a car crash Fix your home
2 pCi/L About 4 person could get lung cancer The risk of dying from poison Consider fixing between 2 and 4 pCi/L
1.3 pCi/L About 2 people could get lung cancer (Average indoor radon level) (Reducing radon levels below 2 pCi/L is difficult.)
0.4 pCi/L (Average outdoor radon level)
Note: If you are a former smoker, your risk may be higher. * Lifetime risk of lung cancer deaths from EPA Assessment of Risks from Radon in Homes (EPA 402-R-03-003). ** Comparison data calculated using the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 1999-2001 National Center for Injury Prevention and Control Reports.

What about radon in Richmond?

Here is a chart of average radon test results in and around Richmond.  The EPA considers Richmond, Henrico, New Kent, Charles and Prince George as low potential zones but they recommend radon testing regardless of zones. Goochland, Powhatan, Chesterfield, Hopewell and Petersburg are in Zone 3, which is the high potential zone. Average test results in this zone are above 4 pCi/L which should be mitigated for health reasons. We recommend testing your home regardless of location.

Radon in Richmond Virginia
Radon in Richmond Virginia

What now?

Radon does not have to be scary. Give us a call and let us test your home for radon. We test for radon in Richmond, Henrico, New Kent, Charles, Goochland, Powhatan, Chesterfield, Hopewell and Petersburg.  If the tests are above 4 pCi/L, we will perform another test.  Two tests above 4 pCi/L and the EPA recommends having a radon mitigation system installed in your home. Here is a standard radon mitigation system

Radon mitigation
Radon mitigation

What is Radon?

Is there Radon in Richmond?

Is there Radon in Chesterfield?

Is there Radon in Henrico?

Is there Radon in Dinwiddie?

Is there Radon in Goochland?

 

 

 

The Radon concentration level at which the EPA recommends mitigating for is 4 pCi/L and above. Results from airchek.com estimate that around 23% of homes in Henrico have concentration levels that require mitigation.  20% of homes in Henrico have concentration levels that you should consider mitigating for. Call us at 804-269-4321 to get your home tested for Radon.

Radon in Henrico    Results under 2 pCi/L

   Results between 2 and 3.9 pCi/L

   Results 4 pCi/L and above

Radon Risk in Henrico Virginia

Radon Risk in Henrico Virginia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is Radon?

Is there Radon in Richmond?

Is there Radon in Chesterfield?

Is there Radon in Henrico?

Is there Radon in Dinwiddie?

Is there Radon in Goochland?

 

Is there Radon in Chesterfield?

The Radon concentration level at which the EPA recommends mitigating for is 4 pCi/L and above. Results from airchek.com estimate that around 28% of homes in Chesterfield have concentration levels that require mitigation. 22% of homes in Chesterfield have concentration levels that you should consider mitigating for. Call us at 804-269-4321 to get your home tested for Radon.

VA_Chesterfield    Results under 2 pCi/L    Results between 2 and 3.9 pCi/L

   Results 4 pCi/L and above

 

Virginia Radon Zones

Radon Risk in Chesterfield Virginia

Radon Risk in Chesterfield Virginia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is Radon?

Is there Radon in Richmond?

Is there Radon in Chesterfield?

Is there Radon in Henrico?

Is there Radon in Dinwiddie?

Is there Radon in Goochland?