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Louisville Radon Testing

Earlier this month I decided to take on one of the most challenging clients in history.  My wife and I. We started our search the same way all of my clients start their search.  We began searching for homes for sale on this website.  Once we narrowed down the search we went out and viewed homes in person.  The first house we looked at had a power assisted radon mitigation system in place.  My wife, unfamiliar with radon and the system, had questions.  So I began explaining how the system worked to her and through the course of that conversation we realized that I should share this info with you, my readers.  Radon exists everywhere, so it doesn't matter if you are house hunting for homes in Oldham County, or looking at new construction in the Norton Commons neighborhood.

What is Radon?

Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that comes from the natural breakdown (radioactive decay) of uranium.  You cannot see smell or taste radon.  It has little trouble passing through most building materials, even plastic and concrete.  It is simply part of the earth.  The concern with radon is that it is a known carcinogen.  Of course, carcinogens are all around us, including ultra violet light from the sun.  But limiting our exposure where we can is the safe thing to do.  Since radon is found in the ground, it exists everywhere.

How Do I Test For Radon?

Testing for radon is usually done via a device that is placed in the home for at least 48 hours.  It periodically checks the air for radon and then generates an average over that time period.  There are kits that you can purchase online that allow you to do a portion of the...