Radon 101: How It Gets Into Your Home

Radon continues to be a concern for homeowners in Upstate New York and the Finger Lakes area. We are here to help. In this comprehensive guide on radon gas and its potential intrusion into your home, we will delve into the origins of radon gas, its harmful effects, effective mitigation measures, and our commitment to top-notch service quality. At EcoSpect, a certified and trusted provider of radon testing and mitigation services in the Finger Lakes and Upstate New York, we prioritize your safety and well-being. With a team of experienced professionals and a commitment to excellence, we aim to equip you with the knowledge and solutions necessary to protect your home and loved ones from the dangers of radon gas. Learn more below!

Understanding Radon Gas

Radon gas is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that is colorless, odorless, and tasteless. It is formed through the radioactive decay of uranium, which is present in varying quantities in soil, rock, and water. Due to its gaseous nature, radon can easily migrate through the ground and enter your home through cracks in the foundation, gaps in walls, floor drains, and other entry points. Luckily, at EcoSpect, we specialize in remediating all of these issues as well.

Health Risks Associated with Radon Exposure

Prolonged exposure to radon gas can have severe health implications, particularly increasing the risk of lung cancer. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. It is responsible for approximately 21,000 lung cancer deaths each year. Unfortunately, radon gas cannot be detected by our senses alone, making it imperative to take proactive measures to ensure a safe living environment.

When you are concerned about the presence of radon gas in your home, there are certain indicators to look out for. While radon is odorless and invisible, there are signs that might suggest its intrusion. Pay attention to any unexplained health issues among family members, especially respiratory symptoms like persistent coughing, wheezing, or difficulty breathing. Additionally, keep an eye out for high humidity levels in your basement or crawl space, as excessive moisture can create favorable conditions for radon accumulation. If you notice cracks in your foundation, walls, or floors, or if you experience unusual drafts or cold spots in specific areas of your home, these could be potential entry points for radon gas. Being vigilant and observant allows you to identify possible signs of radon presence and take proactive measures to address the issue promptly.

Identifying Radon in Your Home

That being said, detecting the presence of radon gas in your home is crucial for taking appropriate remedial actions. At EcoSpect, we offer comprehensive radon testing services using state-of-the-art equipment and techniques. Our licensed radon measurement specialists are trained to accurately measure the levels of radon gas in your home. We provide both short-term and long-term testing options, depending on your specific needs and preferences. Our certifications, including EPA/AARST certification for radon abatement and radon testing, ensure that you receive reliable and trustworthy results.

Factors Affecting Radon Levels

To effectively mitigate radon gas intrusion, it is important to understand the factors that influence its levels in a particular location. The geological composition of the soil, the presence of uranium deposits, and the ventilation patterns in your home all play significant roles in the amount of radon gas present. At EcoSpect, our team of experts conducts thorough assessments of these factors to provide you with accurate insights into the potential risks associated with radon gas and tailor our mitigation strategies accordingly.

Mitigating Radon Gas Intrusion

If elevated levels of radon gas are detected in your home, it is important to take immediate action to reduce the risks associated with its presence. At EcoSpect, we specialize in radon mitigation techniques that have proven to be highly effective in the Finger Lakes and Upstate New York regions. Our experienced team utilizes advanced technology and industry-approved methods to ensure the successful reduction of radon levels in your home. Here are some commonly employed methods for radon mitigation:

  1. Sub-Slab Depressurization (SSD): SSD is a popular and highly effective technique used to reduce radon levels in homes. It involves the installation of a specialized vent pipe system beneath the home's foundation, which exhausts radon gas safely above the roofline. Our team at EcoSpect is trained and certified in EPA/AARST certification for radon abatement, ensuring that the SSD system is installed and operated according to industry standards.
  2. Crawl Space Ventilation: For homes with crawl spaces, proper ventilation is crucial. Installing vents and fans in crawl spaces helps redirect radon gas away from the living areas and out of the house. Our certified professionals can assess your crawl space and recommend the most effective ventilation solutions to mitigate radon intrusion. We can also assist in waterproofing these crawl space areas to prevent further intrusion of moisture, which could lead to the propagation of more radon gas.
  3. Sealing Cracks and Openings: Identifying and sealing cracks in the foundation, walls, and floors is an essential step in preventing radon gas intrusion. This helps minimize the entry points for radon gas and reduces its potential to accumulate. At EcoSpect, our certified team conducts thorough inspections to identify areas of concern and utilizes industry-leading sealing techniques to ensure a comprehensive and long-lasting solution.
  4. Positive Pressure Ventilation: Positive pressure ventilation involves the use of fans to create a slight pressure difference between the indoor and outdoor spaces. This helps prevent radon gas from entering the living areas by pushing air outward. Our team at EcoSpect, certified in EPA/AARST certification for radon testing and supervisory handling licenses, can design and install customized positive pressure ventilation systems to ensure optimal radon gas mitigation in your home.

What To Expect in An EcoSpect Radon Test

At EcoSpect, we understand the importance of thorough radon testing to ensure the safety and well-being of your home and loved ones. Our testing process is designed to be comprehensive, accurate, and hassle-free. In this section, we will walk you through how radon testing with EcoSpect happens and what you can expect during the process.

  1. Initial Consultation and Scheduling: The first step in the radon testing process is to reach out to EcoSpect for an initial consultation. You can contact us via phone or through our website to discuss your concerns and schedule a convenient time for the testing to take place. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff will be happy to assist you and answer any questions you may have.
  2. Pre-Test Preparation: Before the scheduled testing date, it is important to ensure certain preparations are in place to obtain accurate results. These preparations may include closing all windows and exterior doors at least 12 hours prior to the test to minimize the influence of outdoor air on radon levels. It is also advised to keep all windows and exterior doors closed throughout the testing period. However, normal entry and exit through exterior doors are allowed.
  3. Short-Term Radon Testing: EcoSpect offers both short-term and long-term radon testing options, depending on your specific requirements. Short-term testing typically lasts between 2 to 7 days and provides a snapshot of radon levels during that period. During the testing, our certified radon measurement specialists will place a state-of-the-art radon testing device in the lowest livable level of your home, such as the basement or the first floor. The device is left undisturbed for the designated testing period to accurately measure radon levels.
  4. Continuous Radon Monitoring: At EcoSpect, we utilize advanced continuous radon monitors for our testing process. These devices provide real-time measurements of radon gas concentrations, ensuring accurate and reliable results. The continuous monitoring allows us to assess the variations in radon levels over time, providing a comprehensive understanding of the radon situation in your home.
  5. Non-Intrusive Testing: One of the key benefits of radon testing with EcoSpect is that it is a non-intrusive process. Our certified specialists will set up the testing device in the designated area and ensure it is securely placed. There is no need for any invasive procedures or disruptions to your daily routine during the testing period. You can continue with your regular activities while the device monitors radon levels discreetly in the background.
  6. Post-Test Analysis and Reporting: After the designated testing period is complete, our certified professionals will collect the radon testing device from your home. The device is then carefully analyzed to determine the average radon levels during the testing period. Our team meticulously reviews the data and prepares a detailed report that outlines the radon concentrations in your home.
  7. Mitigation Recommendations: If elevated levels of radon are detected during the testing process, our team at EcoSpect will provide you with mitigation recommendations tailored to your specific situation. We will guide you through the available options for reducing radon gas levels in your home and help you make informed decisions regarding mitigation measures. Our extensive experience and expertise in radon mitigation ensure that you receive accurate and reliable guidance.
  8. Ongoing Monitoring and Support: At EcoSpect, we believe in establishing long-term relationships with our clients to ensure continued safety and peace of mind. We offer ongoing monitoring and support services to help you maintain a radon-free environment in your home. Our team is available to answer any questions you may have, provide guidance on radon prevention strategies, and schedule regular follow-up testing to ensure the effectiveness of mitigation measures.


Radon gas is a serious concern that can compromise the health and safety of your home environment. At EcoSpect, we are certified experts in radon testing and mitigation, serving the Finger Lakes and Upstate NY with utmost dedication. Our experienced team of professionals, equipped with industry certifications and cutting-edge technology, is dedicated to ensuring your peace of mind by offering comprehensive solutions tailored to your specific needs. By implementing effective radon mitigation techniques and regularly testing for its presence, you can ensure a healthier living space for years to come.

Remember, your safety is our top priority. Contact EcoSpect today to schedule a professional radon test and discuss appropriate mitigation strategies. Together, let's create a radon-free environment for you and your loved ones.