Akron, OH, August 09, 2012 --(PR.com
)-- Spectrum Inspection Group, a leading home and commercial building inspection firm located in Akron, Ohio, continues to expand its suite of services with the addition of radon testing, a service requiring special licensure in the state of Ohio.
"With our electronic continuous radon measurement (CRM) devices, we are able to provide a high level of insight and accuracy in radon testing for our residential and commercial clients," says Spectrum's owner, Steve Parton.
Radon, which is prevalent in Ohio, is a cancer-causing, radioactive gas resulting from the decay of uranium. The Surgeon General has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States today and estimates that radon causes many thousands of deaths each year. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers and the second leading cause of cancer overall. Only smoking causes more lung cancer deaths. If you smoke and your home has high radon levels, your risk of lung cancer is especially high.
Certain areas of Ohio are particularly prone to high levels of radon. The primary reasons are two geological phenomena: a large shale outcropping and sediment deposited by glaciers. Both issues are associated with high radon levels.
Because there is no known safe level of exposure to radon, the Environmental Protection Agency recommends that Americans consider fixing their home for radon levels between 2 pCi/L (picocuries per liter) and 4 pCi/L. The average indoor radon concentration of America's homes is about 1.3 pCi/L. It is upon this level that EPA based its estimate of 20,000 radon-related lung cancers a year upon.
“We primarily offer short-term radon testing, which is typically a 48-hour test,” says Parton. “The test provides excellent guidance for homeowners, as it helps determine if a radon mitigation system should be considered. Also, due to the compressed time frame of a real estate transaction, the short-term test works well for buyers with radon concerns and proactive sellers looking to improve the marketability of their home.”
"We can also test the building after the mitigation system has been installed to determine how effectively the system is working," he says.
The 48-hour average of radon is available immediately at the conclusion testing and a full report with a graphical reading follows shortly thereafter.
For more information, visit www.spectruminspects.com or call (330) 289-2889.
Spectrum Inspection Group provides home inspections, commercial building inspections, radon testing, thermal imaging and energy efficiency audits in northeast Ohio.