Watertown NY Radon Gas Testing

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Beacon Home Inspections in Watertown, NY is a certified inspection company offering honest, trustworthy services at fair prices. Whether you need a water flow analysis, lead paint testing, well bacteria tests to septic dye tests, we do it all! We specialize in radon testing to ensure that you and your family are safe, so call us today for an appointment.

What is Radon?

Radon is a radioactive, colorless, odorless, tasteless noble gas, occurring naturally as the decay product of radium. Effects of Radon According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency: radon is the second most frequent cause of lung cancer, after cigarette smoking, causing 21,000 lung cancer deaths per year in the United States.

Why Test For Radon?

A $100 Radon test could save you $800-$3000 in abatement cost. If you should buy a home with high Radon levels it becomes your problem if you decide to sell in the future.

How Radon Gets in Your Home

  • Cracks in solid floors 
  • Construction Joints
  • Gaps in suspended floors
  • Cracks in walls      
  • Gaps around service pipes
  • Cavities inside walls
  • The water supply

How Tested

I use a Continuous Radon Monitor (CRM). This allows for the results to be in your hand the same day the test is complete. 48hrs is the minimum time required for a short term test, when closed home conditions are met.

Closed Home Conditions

All doors and windows must be closed, 12hrs prior to the test starting. Whole house fans must be turned off. A/C units that circulate outside air must be turned off. Doors can be used to enter and exit as normal but must be closed after entering and exiting the home.

Septic Dye Test

To test the function of septic systems focused on condition of the effluent disposal section--also known as a leach field--we utilize seepage pits or a drainage field. If wastewater leaks to the ground's surface (an unsanitary condition indicating serious septic failure), one may find dye in that water provided the septic system is flowing at common rates. Dyed effluent usually appears in 20-30 minutes on a failed system but can take up to five days to show up.

This inspection is a visual, non-destructive inspection of the septic system.  It includes a visual inspection of the waste drains and vents as well as ground surfaces in and around the drain field.  An inspection of the underground components is not performed during this inspection.  The approval of the septic system is not meant to, nor does it imply a guarantee of future performance.  This inspection is limited to revealing visual overflows, odors, and backups.  The longer a system remains unused, the more difficult an accurate evaluation becomes.