- comprehend the fundamentals about radon gas;
- understand the science of radon and radioactivity;
- communicate health risks of radon exposure;
- perform radon testing according to measurement protocols;
- perform an inspection of a radon mitigation system;
- understand the requirements for NEHA-National Radon Proficiency Program certification;
- understand the requirements for former USEPA Radon Proficiency Programs;
- perform an inspection of radon prevention building techniques;
- take the NEHA National Radon Proficiency (NEHA-NRPP) Measurement exam.
The most important item that I am responsible for is communicating the health risks of radon exposure to my clients.
3 Reasons why you should test for Radon
- The United States Environmental Protection Agency states “All homes should test for radon.”
- The Surgeon General strongly urges to “Test your home for radon every two years, and retest any time you move, make structural changes to your home, or occupy a previously unused level of a house.
- There is evidence to suggest that Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer
A variety of methods can be used to reduce radon levels in your home. One simple and low cost method is sealing cracks in floors and walls. A proven method is installing a radon mitigation system, which simply increasing ventilation through “sub-slab depressurization” using pipes and fans. The EPA recommends that you have a qualified contractor fix your home because lowering high radon levels requires specific technical knowledge and special skills.
Short Radon Story: I personally have a radon mitigation system in my house. Last year the blower failed and I did not get around to repairing it for a few months. I tested my house and we were at 6.2 picocuries per liter (pCi/L) and my wife was not happy. She knows that any level above 4 pCi/L is a “value of concern”, and needless to say it was fixed within the week. I tested it over and over again over the next few months until our level settled down to a “safe” 2.1 pCi/L.