Whether you are in need of radon testing for a real estate transaction, your personal home, or a commercial building you can count on Schultz Pest Control and Radon Service for fast, quality service. Our certified radon technicians know where in your home to test and how to read the results.
Schultz Pest Control and Radon Service uses continuous monitors that provide hourly readings and instant results, therefore there is no waiting for lab results.
In the event test results are above the 4.0 pCi/l average, Schultz Pest Control and Radon Service can advise you about the the next recommend procedure whether it be mitigation or re-testing.
To Schedule an appointment for a radon test just call us at: 616-874-9925 or email us using the contact us page.
Ada, Michigan’s Schultz Pest Control and Radon Services offers radon testing that will detect hidden dangers in your home or commercial building. Radon is toxic upon exposure and can threaten the health of your loved ones and employees. Constant radon exposure can lead to lung cancer
Don’t put your health at risk—schedule a radon test by calling Schultz Pest Control and Radon Services at 616-874-9925.
Radon is a cancer-causing radioactive gas. You cannot see, smell or taste radon, but it may be a problem in your home. The Surgeon General has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States today. If you smoke and your home has high radon levels, you’re at high risk for developing lung cancer. Some scientific studies of radon exposure indicate that children may be more sensitive to radon. This may be due to their higher respiration rate and their rapidly dividing cells, which may be more vulnerable to radiation damage.
A More Detailed Analysis
Radon is a gaseous highly radioactive element discovered by English physicist Ernest Rutherford in 1899. The discovery is also credited to German physicist Friedrich Ernst Dorn in 1900. More specifically, Rutherford discovered radon’s alpha radiation and Dorn discovered that radium was releasing a gas.
Radon is a colorless chemically-nonreactive inert gas. The atomic radius is 1.34 angstroms and it is the heaviest known gas–radon is nine times denser than air. Because it is a single atom gas (unlike oxygen, which is comprised of two atoms) it easily penetrates many common materials like paper, leather, low density plastic (like plastic bags, etc.) most paints, and building materials like gypsum board, concrete block, mortar, sheathing paper (tar-paper), wood paneling, and most insulation.
Radon is also fairly soluble in water and organic solvents. Although reaction with other compounds is comparatively rare, it is not completely inert and forms stable molecules with highly electronegative materials. Radon is considered a noble gas that occurs in several isotopic forms. Only two are found in significant concentrations in the human environment: radon-222, and radon-220. Radon-222 is a member of the radioactive decay chain of uranium-238. Radon-220 is formed in the decay chain of thorium-232. Radon-222 decays in a sequence of radionuclides called radon decay products, radon daughters, or radon progeny. It is radon-222 that most readily occurs in the environment. Atmospheric releases of radon-222 results in the formation of decay products that are radioisotopes of heavy metals (polonium, lead, bismuth) and rapidly attach to other airborne materials such as dust and other materials facilitating inhalation.