Radon & Mold
What is radon?
Radon is an odorless gas that occurs from the natural breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water. The release of this radioactive gas enters the air you breathe, causing a potential health risk. It is the 2nd leading cause of lung cancer. Radon levels are higher in the Midwest including Omaha and Lincoln areas. Approximately 50% of homes we test come in over 4.0 picocuries which is the action level set by the EPA.
How Does Radon Enter the Home?
Typically the air pressure inside your home is lower than the pressure in the soil around your home’s foundation. Because of this difference, your home acts like a vacuum, drawing in radon gas through foundation cracks and other openings of your home, such as construction joints, water supply lines and any cracks or gaps in the structure.
Should You Test For Radon?
Testing is the only way to find out about your home’s radon level. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Surgeon General and The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services recommend testing of all homes. If you find that the home has high radon levels, there are simple methods to mitigate the problem. Even very high levels can be reduced to acceptable levels.
What Does Mold Need To Grow?
Mold only needs a few, simple things to grow and multiply:
Moisture (humidity, water leak, etc.)
Nutrients (dust, wallpaper, drywall, cardboard or wood) Suitable place to grow (almost anywhere)
Why Test For Mold Before You Buy A Home?
Mold growth is often not visible in a home. For instance, when moisture finds its way into the air ducts, behind wallpaper, or in between two walls, it is the perfect habitat for mold spores to live and grow because mold feeds on dust as well as drywall material.
What Is mold?
Molds are fungi. Molds grow throughout the natural and built environment. Tiny particles of mold are present in indoor and outdoor air. In nature, molds help break down dead “spores” which are very tiny and spread easily through the air. Live spores act like seeds, forming new mold growths (colonies) when they find the right conditions.