January is National Radon Action Month ~ Have You Had Your Home Tested For Radon?
What is Radon and why should I test for it?
Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that you cannot smell, see or taste. It is produced from the natural decay (breakdown) of uranium that is found in nearly all soils in the United States. Radon gas is found in both indoor and outdoor air. However, radon levels outdoors are so low that they pose no health threat to people. Unfortunately, radon gas inside homes and buildings can build up to levels that become unhealthy.
As a means of prevention, EPA and the Office of the Surgeon General recommend that all homes below the third floor be tested for Radon. Because Radon is invisible and odorless, a simple test is the only way to determine if a home has high radon levels. EPA recommends mitigating homes with high Radon levels and there are straight-forward reduction techniques that will work in virtually any home.
Most homes won’t have a Radon problem, but a simple test is all it takes to find out if you do or don’t have high Radon levels in your home.
Much of the soil in Ohio contains quantities of uranium and radium. These minerals continuously break down to release radon gas. Therefore, Ohio’s geology provides an ongoing supply of radon.
In addition, a large percentage of Ohio homes have high levels of radon in the indoor air because of how they are built and how they are operated in our climate. One important factor is that many Ohio homes have basements that are used as living spaces. ODH estimates that about one in two of Ohio homes have enough radon to pose a large risk to the occupants’ health over many years of exposure. In some areas of the state, the percentage of homes that have high levels of radon is even larger. Homeowners can reduce this risk, but they must act.
Ohio’s soils contain concentrations of uranium and radium that supply a constant source of radon. Many of our houses are built and operated in ways that increase the likelihood of radon entry in homes. The ODH estimates that almost one in two Ohio homes have radon levels that may pose a large risk to health over many years of exposure. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer for nonsmokers in the United States.
A licensed radon tester may be used when an unbiased third party is desired. Under Ohio law, only the homeowner may test; any other tester must be an Ohio licensed radon tester. Although tests by licensed testers should be of high quality, they are still subject to the uncertainties related to the timing and duration of the test.
Contact Dayton Home Inspection To Schedule Your Radon Test ~ We’ll Test To Determine If You Have Elevated Levels of Radon and If So, How To Correctly Fix The Problem! 937-490-9154
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