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When to Get a Radon Gas Inspection: An Interview with Abraham Hernandez of Eagle Eye Property Inspections

By Abraham Hernandez

Tell us a little bit about your company and the services you offer.

Eagle Eye Property Inspections is a full-service inspection company servicing all of Southern California. Our goal is to meet the needs of clients looking for residential, commercial, mold, radon and other inspection services. In the short period since its inception, Eagle Eye has grown to become a leader in its market, providing a diversity of inspections, qualified seasoned inspectors and affordable pricing.

Can you briefly explain what radon gas is?

Radon is the chemical element atomic number 86, a radioactive gas belonging to the noble gas series. Radon is a cancer-causing gas that cannot be seen, smelled or tasted, and may be a problem in a home without the knowledge of the people that live there.

Why is it important for people to have their homes checked for radon gas?

It is important to check a home for radon because of its invisibility. It is easy to not check a home for radon when one can't see it, smell nor taste it. But radon can be present and has been found in homes all across the country. In the U.S., exposure to radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer. Around 14,000 people die from radon-related lung cancer each year. It is easy to understand why many choose to have their homes tested for radon.

What are the most common ways that radon enters a house?

The most common ways radon enters living spaces is through radon in the ground or groundwater. It comes from the natural decay of uranium found in soils. It usually moves through the ground into the air above and into your home through cracks in the foundation. Although high concentrations of radon in groundwater may contribute to radon exposure through ingestion, the inhalation of radon released from water is usually more important.

How does an inspector detect a radon leak and how should it be treated?

To effectively test for radon in a home it's necessary that the home's windows and doors be closed for about 12 hours prior to the inspection and no less than 48 hours during the inspection process. The inspector will leave a testing device in the home, that's programmed to shut down after 48 to 60 hours. Results can be revealed immediately on site at the end of inspection. If radon is present, the most common way to mitigate it is active soil depressurization, which is a network of pipes and fans that will draw it from the soil and vent it to the outside of the home, leading to its dissolution. This method has proven most effective because it removes the radon directly from its source.

Is there anything homeowners can do to help prevent problems with radon gas?

Due to the fact that radon occurs naturally, the best way that a homeowner could prevent exposure to it would be to first have an inspection done to assess if there is an issue to address. Then you will be able to take necessary steps to remediation. One thing that could help is to always have a well-ventilated home, even though this will not stop your exposure to radon, it will help until the inspection is scheduled and completed.

What's the best way for people to get in contact with you and your company?

You may reach Eagle Eye Property Inspections via phone (800) 893-4669 or email at eagleeyeinspectors@gmail.com. We're always available to assist in any way that we can and would be glad to answer any further questions you may have regarding radon exposure.

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