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Do I have RADON?

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Radon is an odorless, invisible, radioactive gas that can enter your home from the ground through cracks in the foundation. A known human carcinogen, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer.

Nearly one in 15 U.S. homes is believed to have an elevated radon level, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says, and the risk is especially high in most of Ohio. Environmental Protection Agency’s action guideline of 4 picocuries per liter.

You can search for radon test data by zip code, but hands down, the smartest thing to do is to test your home for radon, no matter where you live. Protect yourself and your loved ones: Do a home radon test.

Testing your home is easy!

Testing is the only way to know if your home has elevated levels of radon. An easy home test kit can be purchased at hardware or home improvement stores for about $20 to $30. You may also hire a state-certified testing company. Because radon levels are often highest in the basement, placing your test there is a good idea. However, radon levels can also be high above ground, even in homes without basements, so the ground floor is also a good location to test.

WHAT TO DO IF YOUR HOME RADON RESULTS ARE HIGH

CONFIRM THE RESULTS

If your radon test result are higher than 4 pCi/L, consider doing a second test to confirm the results. If your radon test result is 4-8 pCi/L, you can do a second long-term (365 days) test to get a better idea of the annual average or do another short-term test (2-7 days). In either case, if the result is still 4 pCi/L or higher, you should take corrective action to reduce the radon levels in your home.

HAVE A CERTIFIED CONTRACTOR INSTALL A RADON REDUCTION SYSTEM

We know radon! One of our licensed mitigators will give you a free estimate and explain the installation process. The installation should take less than a day

After the system has been running for at least 24 hours, the installer should assure that a post-test is performed to make sure radon levels have been successfully reduced.

MONITOR THE SYSTEM OVER TIME

Periodically look at the U-tube manometer that has been installed on the PVC piping of your system to make sure the fan is running. The fan is running if the levels of fluid on each side of the glass tube are uneven. If the fluid levels on each side of the glass tubing are even with each other, the fan may not be working properly or may be off completely. In this case you should give us a call to us look at the fan and system.

MORE HELPFUL RESOURCES FOR HOMEOWNERS

  • The EPA radon website has a lot of information on radon’s health hazards and radon levels, testing, and mitigation.
  • The EPA has great information for parents concerned about radon at their children’s school.
  • The National Academy of Sciences publication on Risk Assessment of Radon in Drinking Water is the most recent authoritative work on the issue of radon in drinking water and its health effects. Scroll down and read the Executive Summary.
  • Check out the Resource tab at Radon Leaders, a collaborative web site of the federal government, states, and industry all involved with the promotion of radon awareness.
  • The U.S. Geological Survey provides some great basic information on radon and geology

Radon testing not mandatory in OH, despite tens of thousands who die from radon exposure every year

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MENTOR, Ohio – The U.S. EPA reports more than 20,000 people die from lung cancer due to radon gas over-exposure in the U.S. every year. But despite this statistic, Ohio still doesn’t require radon testing at homes and public buildings.

Bert Mechenbier, Environmental Health Supervisor with the Lake County General Heath District, said he believes mandatory radon testing would be a good idea.

“It should be required to protect any potential homeowners, home purchasers, so they know what they are getting,” said Mechenbier. “If there is a radon issue, it can be dealt with at the point of sale. Just so you can lower the exposure to the people of the state.”

Anthony Russo, President of Northern Ohio Inspections, agrees radon testing should be required, especially at schools.

Russo said radon kills 20 to 30 times more people is the U.S. than accidental carbon monoxide poisonings every year.

“People don’t realize how paramount of an issue this is,” said Russo. “I believe that Ohio should have mandatory testing, especially for the children, who are in schools.”

The Ohio Department of Health said it requires licensing for inspectors conducting radon tests, but didn’t say if or when it would require testing across the state.

The Ohio Department of Health stressed the importance of using a licensed radon inspector, and referred homeowners to the many radon resources on its website.

Currently, only eights states in the U.S. have made radon testing mandatory.

Original story can be found on the News 5 Cleveland website here.

Radon can be found all over Columbus and Central Ohio

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Radon comes from the natural (radioactive) breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water and gets into the air you breathe. Radon can be found all over the U.S. It can get into any type of building—homes, offices, and schools—and result in a high indoor radon level. But you and your family are most likely to get your greatest exposure at home, where you spend most of your time.
Therefore, you should test for radon. Testing is the only way to know if you and your family are at risk from radon. EPA and the Surgeon General recommend testing all homes below the third floor for radon. EPA also recommends testing in schools. Testing is inexpensive and easy—it should only take a few minutes of your time. Millions of Americans have already tested their homes for radon.
You can get a FREE RADON TEST from the Ohio Department of Health