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Radon, unlike Carbon Monoxide is not easily detectable; Birmingham area based WHI3 Home Inspection Services helps homeowners discover if they are at risk


Birmingham, AL – One of the things homeowners should put on their resolution lists for 2011 is to make sure their home is radon free, states WHI3 owner Anthony Westbrook. His Birmingham, Alabama based Home Inspection Services company has been certified in radon detection. “In fact,” Mr. Westbrook says, “January is Radon Detection Month.”

Radon is a gas comprised of lead and polonium, both of which in large doses are toxic to humans. It is radioactive colorless, odorless and tasteless gas which comes from the decomposing of radium in the earth’s crust. While it is a naturally occurring phenomenon, when radon gas leakage occurs in a closed in area such as a cave, a mine or a home, it can prove deadly. Over a period of time exposure to larger levels may lead to lung cancer even in non-smoking households. In fact, radon poisoning is the second leading cause of lung cancer, resulting in over 21,000 deaths each year.

Unlike carbon monoxide, there are no early detectors for radon poisoning such as flu-like symptoms. However, there is radon level testing methods which can help homeowners detect the levels in their homes. Home kits can be purchased, but a professional inspector is needed to discover where potential radon seepage may be occurring and how to prevent its increase. A thorough home inspection can show where to seal leaks and cracks in the foundation and walls as well as gaps around plumbing. Measures such as these can greatly reduce radon gas build-up. WHI3 is specially certified to conduct these tests.

Radon build-up occurs most frequently in less ventilated areas of the home, such as the basement. Well water and seepage water are more likely to contain particles of radon gas. Surface water will generally not contain a significant amount. Thus, an inspection for ground water seepage is also part of the WHI3 radon detection service.

For more information about radon poisoning, radon detection, or any other home inspection issues, log onto If you live in the Birmingham area, call 205-378-9443 seven days a week from 8am to 7pm.


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