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Elevated Radon Level

Elevated Radon levels in Naples and Ft Myers homes and condos are common.

 About 1 out of 2 condo's have elevated radon levels and 1 out 20 single family homes have elevated radon test results.

Naples homebuyers and homeowners should understand that the typical way high radon levels in condos are lowered is by bringing in fresh air in a controlled manner to raise the indoor air pressure.  Typically the air pressure inside the home is lower than outdoors. This negative pressure tends to "suck" things (radon and moisture) into the home.   

An example of this is when hurricane Charlie moved up the SW Florida coast a few years ago.  Hurricanes are low pressure storms; we had about 40 radon monitors in homes from Marco Island to the Port Charlotte area. You could tell what time the hurricane pasted each area by the dramatic drop of the indoor radon levels (report graphs). Outdoor pressure dropped below indoor air pressure in essence preventing the home "sucking" radon into the home. 

Please contact our office to schedule:
Radon Tests / Mold Assessments (inspections) & Sampling
Formaldehyde & VOC Tests / Allergen Screening

Radon & Mold Professionals Toll free: (800) 881-3837
195 5th Street, Bonita springs, FL 34134 .... (239) 498-4619
188 1st Street, Bonita Springs, FL 34134 .... (239) 948-9717
radonandmoldprofessionals@gmail.com or radonandmoldprofessionals@comcast.net

This year "National Women's Heath Week" is May 8 -14, 2016

We would like to remind women that elevated radon gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer.  Lung Cancer Info

Femto Tech radon monitors- hour by hour report
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We have more radon monitors than anyone in SW Florida and have performed more radon tests for Real Estate transactions than anyone else (over 23,000).

Fresh air system for radon and air quality

(Raise the air pressure and stop the "sucking")

Commercial buildings are required to have fresh air intakes but residential homes are not. We have performed over 23,000 radon tests, it rare to find a commercial building with elevated radon levels.

Residential builders and developers are beginning to install fresh air systems in new construction (last couple of high rises build in south Lee County and Naples area have them).  High end home builders are also adding fresh air intakes or exchange systems to many new homes throughout Naples and Ft Myers usually an ERV (Energy Recovery Ventilator).

Fresh air systems help eliminate and prevent several indoor air quality issues. Some furniture glues and materials can off gas VOC's possibly causing health issues. It seems there are so many new caulks, paints, glues and manmade products being introduced into homes that a prudent homeowner should consider a fresh air system even if they don't have an elevated radon level.  Homes are sealed much tighter today than ever before; "up north" for example; new furnaces are required to have a fresh air intake to be more efficient and safe.  

Raising the Air Pressure helps prevent moisture 

 Fresh air systems increase the indoor air pressure which not only helps lower the radon levels but helps prevent moisture being "sucked" thru the concrete walls of a Naples home. You shouldn't have vinyl wallpaper on an exterior wall if you have a negative pressure in the home (no fresh air system). It is possible for moisture to be drawn into the home thru the block/concrete walls and the vinyl wallpaper can form a vapor barrier and promote mold growth behind the wallpaper. Concrete/block are not water proof, they will absorb moisture.

Elevated radon levels are just one of the indoor pollutants fresh air helps to reduce. 

Volatile Organic Chemicals (VOCs) :

Airborne chemicals can be contained in many household products such as paints, glues, solvents, wood preservatives, aerosol sprays, cleaners and disinfectants, moth repellents, air fresheners, hobby supplies, and dry cleaned clothes

Formaldehyde is another common indoor pollutant, it's a pungent gas released into air. Common sources are pressed wood products (plywood, paneling, particle board) paper products, adhesives, carpets/pads, drapes and to be honest who knows what. 

long Term radon tests
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Daily News   

"In Lee and Collier Counties,about one out of four of homes ... tested had elevated radon levels."
Some areas of Florida 1 out 2 homes tested have elevated radon levels.
"All Florida home sales contracts are required to include a paragraph informing the buyer that elevated radon levels have been found in Florida homes."

Great short film explaining radon in Chicago but the info applies to us everywhere including Naples, Ft Myers and Cape Coral:  Radon in Chicago  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kiT2_5Pn8eM&NR=1

"Don't be fooled"

Radon Test

 

"Your radon test report should include the following information:

1) the name and Florida certification number of the radon MEASUREMENT business,
2) the name and Florida certification number of the individual that performed the test,
3) the date and time of the start and end of the test, and the type of device used." 

If you have any questions about the radon businesses or your radon test results, you may contact the Bureau of Community Environmental Health, Radon and Indoor Air Toxics program by calling (800)-543-8279 or writing to 4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin #A08, Tallahassee, FL 32399-1710.

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There is no proof that radon is the reason dinosaurs disappeared.  

Radon has not been proven to cause wrinkles.

 

Consumers:

Companies do not need to have liability insurance to be certified by the Florida Department of Health for radon testing or radon mitigation.

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  • You cannot smell radon gas.
  • Radon gas is not a product of sewer gas.
 
 
 

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Collier & Lee County Schools are not required by the Florida Department of Health to test for radon gas.  In many other counties in Florida schools ARE required to test for radon gas. 

Real estate agents in Naples and Ft Myers should understand that elevated radon levels are a serious health concern but should be handled like a home repair.  Always have a FL DOH certified Radon Measurement Business perform the radon test.  Radon Mitigation must be performed by a FL DOH certified Radon Mitigation Business.  Remember just because a home inspector says he can do the test does not mean he is qualified to or certified by Florida.
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 School Radon Testing

Florida department of Health has many often confusing rules reguarding radon testing for private and public schools.  Elevated levels of radon are common but the important thing is to have your school tested. Unfortunately many public schools in "some" counties are NOT required to be tested for radon (politic's rule I guess).

 Mandatory Radon Testing and Private School Sworn Compliance

Please contact our office to schedule:
Radon Tests / Mold Assessments (inspections) & Sampling
Formaldehyde & VOC Tests / Allergen Screening

Radon & Mold Professionals Toll free: (800) 881-3837
195 th Street, Bonita springs, FL 34134 .... (239) 498-4619
188 1st Street, Bonita Springs, FL 34134 .... (239) 948-9717
radonandmoldprofessionals@gmail.com or radonandmoldprofessionals@comcast.net

State of Florida Mold Assessor License #MRS 2
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Doug Wall, CIE
Council-Certified Indoor Environmentalist, (CIE)
Board-awarded by the American Council for Accredited Certification
State of Florida Licensed Mold Assessor / license #MRSA  2
State of Florida Licensed Home Inspector / license #HI 2202
FL DOH certified radon measurement tech R1751

State of Florida Licensed Mold Assessor # MRS5
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John Cosgrove, CIE
Council-Certified Indoor Environmentalist, (CIE)
Board-awarded by the American Council for Accredited Certification
State of Florida Licensed Mold Assessor / license #MRS 5
FL DOH certified for radon, R1867
John Cosgrove, CIE, Inc.
State of Florida Mold Assessor License #MRSA 763
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Greg Gomez, CIE,
 State of Florida Licensed Mold Assessor / license #MRSA763
Council-Certified Indoor Environmentalist, (CIE)
Board-awarded by the American Council for Accredited Certification
FL DOH certified radon measurement tech R 2191
Grg Gomez has proven his knowledge of mold and indoor air quality issues by performing hundreds of mold inspections / assessments throughout Naples, Bonita Spring, Ft Myers and all of Southwest Florida.  

Since 1999, Radon & Mold Professionals has consistently excelled in providing the Best Radon Testing, Mold Inspections, Mold Sampling (Testing), Odor Identification, Allergen Screening, Formaldehyde Testing and Infrared Thermal Imaging Camera survey's for Naples, Bonita Springs, Estero, Ft Myers, Ft Myers Beach,Cape Coral and Marco Island, Florida including for Home Inspections . Environmental Inspections / testing performed by ACAC Board Certified indoor Environmentalists (CIE) that have performed thousands radon tests and mold assessments in Naples, Bonita Springs and Ft Myers area.  

We use Air Chek, Inc. FL DOH certified Radon Measurement Business RB0214 for our radon measurement services.
Florida Department of Health allows only FL DOH measurement specialists and FL DOH certified mitigation specialists to "express" "evaluations and observations" of radon tests or radon mitigations to "Florida citizens and customers, or potential customers".
We have been the leader in performing residential Real Estate radon tests for years, we think in part, because we strive to follow the FL DOH's many rules concerning radon.
***Accuracy is not guarunteed on this web site.
The radon evaluations, observations and opinions posted here are not those of the Radon & Mold Professionals.