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Radon Testing

What is Radon?

Radon comes from the natural (radioactive) breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water and gets into the air you breathe. You can’t see, smell or taste radon, but it can be found all over the U.S in all types of buildings, offices, schools and even homes.

How does this affect you?

Radon is estimated to cause thousands of lung cancer related deaths each year. In fact, the Surgeon General has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States today, second only to smoking.

How can GCE help you?

Testing is the only way to know if a building is at risk of containing high levels of radon. The amount of radon in the air is measured in “picoCuries per liter of air,” or “pCi/L”. Radon exposures in the range of 4.0 pCi/L “are considered average or slightly above average for residential structures.” GCE tests buildings using an EPA approved test kit. Tests can take anywhere from 2 to 90 days (short-term testing) or 90 days to one year (long-term testing), with the most common tests taking 2 to 7 days. GCE will then interpret the results, and if necessary, advise on ways to reduce levels of radon.