Blue Chip Restoration is glad to handle any hazardous materials you may face as a home or business owner in Nashville. Whether you have identified a lead-based paint issue or you suspect a radon problem at your property. We are here to get the answers and treatments you need.
Radon is an invisible, silent, tasteless, and odorless gas that is produced by the normal breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water. Radon is radioactive and develops through the decay of uranium within the soil. It penetrates homes through spaces in suspended pipes, structure cracks such as in the wall, and building joints. Since you cannot see or smell radon, special equipment is needed to detect it. There are two types of radon testing: the short-term test remains in your home for two days to 90 days; the long-term test remains in your home for more than 90 days. Short-term testing yields faster results, but long-term testing provides more accurate data regarding a home’s average radon level.
The Metro Nashville Health Department warns that radon risk increases in colder weather when home and office ventilation declines. Davidson county was recently listed by the EPA as a high radon area. According to the Metro Nashville Health Department’s recent research, approximately 40% of 4000+ tested homes in Davidson County showed higher radon levels. According to the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, radon has been detected in every Tennessee county. It is recommended that all residents in the area test their home with an EPA approved test kit. A free test kit is currently being offered by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.
If your property has been tested for radon once, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends a second test before fixing your home. Radon levels fluctuate naturally and it is important to have an accurate assessment of your home’s average radon level. If you have performed a follow-up test and the radon level still needs to be reduced, the EPA recommends that you have a qualified radon mitigation contractor like Blue Chip Restoration perform radon mitigation and fix your home because lowering high radon levels requires specific technical knowledge and special skills.
Learn more about the health risks of radon exposure, the links of radon to occurrences of lung cancer, the Federal Radon Action Plan, federal regulations and more at the Environmental Protection Agency’s website
Blue Chip Restoration regularly removes lead from businesses and homes that can contaminate soil in your lawn or be located on the interior of the property. Our team stays current on federal, state of Tennessee, and local regulations related to lead removal and disposal. Recently, the abatement/mitigation of paint containing lead has become more prevalent, specifically in regard to child-occupied facilities, such as schools and day care centers. The costs involved with lead testing and removal vary. Please contact Blue Chip Restoration with questions.
Lead-based paint was banned for use on homes in 1978. If your property was constructed in the years from 1960 to 1978, your paint may contain lead. If your property was constructed prior to 1960, the paint could contain significant lead. If you have an older home or building, you may suspect that lead paint was used. The best way to know for sure whether lead-based paint was used to paint the outside of your property is to have it inspected by a professional. If a child lives in your home or visits your work building and is under the age of six, it is best to get tested. Be sure not to disturb the paint by cutting it or starting renovations until you know for sure if it contains lead.
Learn more about how to avoid lead poisoning, the health effects of lead, how to test your child for lead poisoning, and more from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).