- Business: RKC Professional Radon Testing
- Contact: 630-373-4229
- Submitted by: Karen Claus, owner
When and how did your business get started?
I started my business in 2001 after my Mom died from lung cancer. After her diagnosis in 1998 I did lots of research about lung cancer. I learned through this research that it is possible to get lung cancer as a non-smoker and that scared me.
I learned that radon gas is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers and that Kendall County and much of the State of Illinois have high potential to have elevated levels in our homes. This was like a call to action for me.
I took all of the necessary classes as well as the state test and received my professional testing license through the Illinois Emergency Management Agency. Of course, the first house I tested was my own and it had a level of 38.0 pCi/L, which is more than 9 times the action level of 4.0 pCi/L. I had my home mitigated and now that radon level stays below 1.0 pCi/L.
What is your business best known for?
Professional, prompt and courteous service has helped me grow my business.
Why did you choose the town you did to open your business?
It's a home-based business.
What's something interesting about your business your customers might not know?
I work seven days a week without much time off.
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