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Radon Testing

Radon Testing

HABITEC provides radon testing for Nashville and Middle Tennessee. Radon is an odorless and invisible radioactive gas that is produced from the natural breakdown of uranium found in most rocks and soils. As the breakdown occurs, radon emits atomic particles into the air we breathe. Once inhaled, these particles can be deposited in our lungs. The energy associated with these particles can alter cell DNA, thus increasing the risk of lung cancer. The U.S. Surgeon General has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. The National Academy of Science estimates that radon causes between 15,000 and 22,000 lung cancer deaths each year in the U.S. Any home or building can have radon. For this reason, the EPA and Surgeon General recommend testing all homes for radon every two years! HABITEC recommends testing buildings in Middle Tennessee that are built on a slab or basement every year.

On average, 1 out of every 15 homes in the U.S. is estimated to have an elevated radon level. The risk of radon exposure varies by location. The EPA has designated 3 zones of risk in the U.S., based on geological surveys. Zone 1 (Red) is a High Risk area, Zone 2 (Orange) is a moderate risk area, and Zone 3 (Yellow) is a low risk area. Most of Middle Tennessee is in a Zone 1 area, or at High Risk for radon gas exposure.
We strongly encourage Radon Testing as Middle TN has one of the highest concentrations of Radon Gas in the country. Note that many Middle TN counties are rated by the EPA as HIGH RISK areas. These and other HIGH RISK Zones are color coded in Red on the EPA map. See for additional details.
HABITEC can safely and professionally sample the air in your home or building for radon. Radon sampling is processed using one of two methods, a Continuous Radon Monitor (CRM) or Radon Canisters.
While both methods are effective, the Continuous Radon Monitor provides quicker and more reliable results. We use modified protocols and checklists established by the EPA or test equipment manufacturers, as applicable, to test for compliance with modified EPA guidelines. Radon testing with a CRM usually takes approximately 48 hours.
That sample is then processed by the CRM to see if the radon gas concentration exceeds EPA guidelines. A written report is provided to the Client in a timely manner indicating the radon sampling and test results.

Richard Acree, President, HABITEC Home and Building Inspections, LLC, has successfully completed training for certification as a Radon Measurement Provider (Certification # 104135 RT). Certification is provided through the National Radon Proficiency Program administered by the National Environmental Health Association.

The State of Tennessee does not mandate certification or licensing in the profession of radon measurement. Individuals such as Richard Acree participate voluntarily in these certification processes to better prepare themselves to offer professional, trained services to their clients. Demand that your Radon Measurement provider is certified through approved training programs.


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