Over twenty years ago Radon Gas and testing for radon started to come to light in the media after the Environmental Protection Agency issued reports about studies that stated radon is the 2nd leading cause of lung cancer in the United States.
Radon is a natural element caused by the decay and different levels of uranium that are found in soil and rock. It can seep into homes through foundation cracks and sump pump drain tiles. It is odorless and tasteless, yet it can be tested with an inexpensive EPA certifies test kit that are available at hardware stores and other retail outlets.
Where does Jim Murray, Inc. fit into the radon world? We supply sump pump basins with sealed covers. We also make custom size clear polycarbonate and schedule 80 pvc covers, both in 1/4″ and 3/8″ thickness, made to your specifications with selected cord seals and pipes seals (up to 4″). These basins and covers are used by the contractor as part of the radon mitigation services. Yes, there are specialists out there that are EPA Certified and state approved that can test, evaluate and remove radon from your home.
In new home construction, modern building techniques are incorporated to eliminate the entry of radon into the home or basement. Ask your builder what steps or features in the construction process they take to prevent or mitigate radon from the home.
Attached is a Radon Fact Sheet provided by the Southeast Wisconsin Radon Info Center that describes radon and offers more information and suggestions.