For nearly 40 years, the expert technicians at Pioneer Heating & Air have provided residents of Knoxville, Tennessee, with services to keep their homes comfortable. Not only do we provide heating and cooling services, but we also offer radon gas testing, so you know if this potentially harmful gas is present in your home at a dangerous level.
Do you know what your home’s Radon level is?
Radon occurs naturally, so it’s safe, right?
Radon is a radioactive gas that is odorless, colorless, tasteless, and chemically inert. Radon is present in the environment and in EVERY home. The issue with radon is that when it breaks down, it becomes what is known as radon decay products. Decay products can be inhaled and stick to the lung tissue. It potentially can alter the DNA of the lung tissue, which could lead to lung cancer. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers, and the second leading cause after direct smoking, according to The American Lung Association and the EPA!
Now that we know that Radon is dangerous, is it in your home?
Nearly eight million US homes, or one out of every 15, have radon levels above the EPA’s 4 pCi/L “action” limit, and nearly one out of six exceed the EPA’s 2 pCi/L “consider action” limit. The average person receives a higher radiation dose from radon at home than from all other natural or man-made sources combined. The only way to know if radon is a problem in a home or building is to test for it. Testing is inexpensive and takes only a few days; homeowners can purchase an EPA approved radon test kit from Pioneer Heating and Air Conditioning. If a home or building is found to have high levels of radon, several solutions are available, which we would be happy to discuss with you. So let us help you have a safe and happy home; contact us today to get started.
How Does Radon Mitigation Work?
If our radon test kit detects a harmful amount of gas in your home, there are several ways we can resolve the problem. The first step is to analyze the ventilation in your home and make sure the gas is not building up due to the ventilation rate. If restoring proper ventilation does not decrease the radon level in your home, we’ll install a mitigation system to prevent it from building up. This system uses the following components to allow radon to escape from the building.
- Depressurization vent: We install the special vent to draw radon out of your home.
- Exhaust pipe: We place an exhaust pipe in the walls of the building to give radon a way to escape from the building.
- PVC pipe: We place these pipes in the soil around your home to draw out radon.
Why Should You Trust Pioneer Heating & Air for Radon Testing?
Pioneer Heating & Air has nearly 40 years of experience keeping both residential and commercial buildings operating efficiently. Our technician has the tools and skills necessary to provide radon mitigation, so you never have to worry about the gas being present at harmful levels inside your home. We provide a free tracking link when you order your radon testing kit, so you know exactly when it will arrive, and we respond quickly if the test detects high levels of radon. We’ll work with you to resolve the problem quickly and efficiently so you can be confident your home is safe for you and your family.
Radon is one of the most common environmental health threats people face, but with the right monitoring and prevention steps, one of the easiest to prevent. For more information, contact Pioneer Heating and Air Conditioning today at 865-922-2817.