The Dangers of Radon
Radon is a natural, radioactive gas that migrates from the ground into buildings. Prolonged exposure to high levels of this gas can cause lung cancer. Radon is, thus, a serious health threat in workplaces, schools, and especially homes. It is important that Ohio’s citizens be well informed about this hazard.
Frequently Asked Questions
The problem occurs when radon gas enters your home and gets trapped. Long-term exposure to high levels of radon can cause lung cancer. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that lung cancer caused by radon exposure kills about 21,000 Americans every year.
Any amount of radon carries some risk, even at or below the recommended action level. The risk of lung cancer increases with higher radon levels. Because it isn’t possible to reduce radon to zero, the best approach is to lower levels as much as possible.
The radon gas moves from the soil into a home. Although it can seep directly through pores in concrete, the worst entry points are gaps in walls and floors. Any house, of any age, in any state, can have elevated radon levels, the EPA warns. It really depends on the way your specific house interacts with the surrounding soil. Your neighbor’s radon level may differ substantially from yours. Radon poisoning is just one of the ways your house may be making you sick. Testing your home for radon is the only way to know whether your house is safe.
Our licensed experts test for radon in the lowest habitable level of your home. The radon levels usually are highest in the areas of your home that are closest to the soil. Closed-building conditions shall begin at least twelve hours prior to the beginning of the radon measurement / testing period. For accurate radon test readings, it is necessary that the house be closed up (windows and doors) for 12 hours before the test, as well as for the duration of the test which can last been 48-60 hours.
The following conditions should be observed for the 12 hours leading up to and during the test:
- Keep windows closed.
Doors should not be opened except for normal entrance and exit.
- Any system which would bring outside air into the house should not be operated.
- Large volume air exhaust systems should not be operated.
After completion of testing, the sample will be collected and analyzed. Results will be provided 3-4 days after completion of the test.
If you order a home inspection and radon test, we will discount the cost of the radon test.