DJ's Home Inspection, Inc
                                                                Serving the Fargo - West Fargo - Moorhead area
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Radon Testing and Mitigation Service

Serving the Fargo, Moorhead, West Fargo and Grand Forks area.
National Radon Proficiency Program Certification for Radon Testing 104534 RT
National Radon Proficiency Program Certification for Radon Mitigation 107509 RMT
Register with the Department of Heath for Testing and Mitigation with the State of North Dakota & Minnesota

Radon is a cancer-causing, radioactive gas. You can’t see, smell or taste radon but it may be a problem in your home. Radon has been found in the Fargo, West Fargo, Moorhead area to be in the average of 6 pCi/l which is above the EPA guide line of 4 pCi/l. Have your home tested by a qualified professional or pickup a test kit from most hardware stores. The health department for most cities also have test kits which are can be sent into a lab.  Radon is estimated to cause several thousand deaths each year. Lung Cancer is the deadliest of all cancers, its 5-year survival rate is only 10 to 14 percent. By the time people develop symptoms( shortness of breath, coughing, blood sputum), the cancer has grown to the size of an orange or has spread to other organs. While the death rate for many types of cancer have been declining during the last 60 years, the mortality rates for lung cancer have been rising.  In fact, the Surgeon General has warned that Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States today. Only smoking causes more lung cancer deaths. If you smoke and your home has high radon levels, your risk of lung cancer is especially high.

 Radon comes from the natural decay of uranium that is found in nearly all soils. It typically moves up through the ground to the air above and into your home through cracks and other holes in the foundation. Your home traps radon inside, where it can build up. The only way to know the radon level in your home is to do a radon test. Air pressure inside your home is usually lower than the pressure in the soil around your home’s foundation. Because of this difference in pressure, (called stack pressure) your home acts like a vacuum, drawing radon in through foundation cracks and other opening. Radon is eight times heaver than air so it accumulates in the lowest point of the house.

 All homes testing high for radon can be fixed. A radon mitigation system can be installed to draw gases either by a sump pump depressurization, where the sump pump hole is sealed and a pipe installed with a fan on the exterior to draw the radon out. Or a sub slab depressurization system where a hole is drilled in the basement floor and a collection hole is excavated out under the concrete slab. A pipe is installed and and connected to the fan on the exterior wall.


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