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