Radon is an odorless, colorless and radioactive gas produced by natural uranium decay in the ground. It is number 86 on the Periodic Table of Elements. According to various governmental and/or health-related agencies, such as the the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), US Surgeon General, the American Cancer Society, and the PA Dept. of Environmental Protection (PA DEP), radon is the 2nd leading cause of lung cancer in the United States after smoking. It is estimated that over 22,000 deaths in the US annually can be contributed to radon exposure. According to actual test data collected by the PA DEP, south central PA is well known for radon concentrations that exceed the EPA Recommended Action Level of 4.0 pCi/L. The only way to know your home's concentration is to perform a test.
WIN Home Inspection in Lancaster, PA performs professional radon testing that meets US EPA and PA DEP guidelines. Matthew Steger, owner/inspector, is PA DEP certified to perform radon testing in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The test results will indicate what, if any, action needs to be taken. Radon remediation (also called 'radon mitigation') is usually a simple and inexpensive process in most homes. If you are concerned about the radon concentration in your home or simply have radon-related questions, please contact WIN Home Inspection for more information. A test can be performed in conjunction with a home inspection or as a stand-alone service. To prevent a conflict of interest, WIN Home Inspection performs radon testing only; we do not perform radon remediation/mitigation services.
WIN Home Inspection utilizes Sun Nuclear professional continuous monitors. These professional test devices have built-in tamper-proof controls which detects physical movement or power loss of the test device to help ensure a reliable test. Our test equipment also provides instant test results; no need to mail the test device to a lab and wait days for results. Per PA DEP testing protocols, should any indication of interference or tampering (such as any movement or unplugging) be reported by the test device, the test results must be voided and a retest would be warranted.
As a quality control measure for all of our radon tests, we require that the home's occupant (owner or renter) complete a "Radon Test Agreement" which documents the PA DEP test requirements and includes a signed statement that the test requirements have been fully met during the test period (normally 2~3 days). Included on this "Radon Test Agreement" includes information about not touching, moving, or interfering with the test device in any way. Only once this document is signed by the home's owner or renter, may the test results be validated and provided to our client. Maintaining these test standards is our policy in an effort to help ensure the highest quality test that our clients expect.
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Click here for the PA DEP Radon Testing Protocols. These protocols (standards) are required by PA DEP for all professional radon tests performed in the Commonwealth of PA. The protocol's purpose is to help ensure quality control and accurate radon testing results.
Contact WIN Home Inspection for more information about radon testing. Matthew Steger, owner/inspector, also teaches a "Radon 101" course for Realtor continuing education through the Lancaster County Association of Realtors (LCAR) and participates in the PA DEP Radon Division's community outreach for radon education of the general public.
Matthew Steger, owner/inspector of WIN Home Inspection, is an ASHI Certified Inspector (ACI), a Certified Level 1 Infrared Thermographer, an electrical engineer, a PA DEP licensed radon tester, and a US Dept. of Energy Home Energy Score Assessor. He is fully PA Act 114 compliant. He can be reached at: 717-361-9467 or firstname.lastname@example.org. WIN Home Inspection has provided a wide array of home inspection services in the Lancaster, PA area since 2002.