Radon Testing

Who Should Get a Radon Test

​Everyone. If you live in Ohio, you need a radon test. Radon testing has become more commonly requested as part of a home inspection, among both new and seasoned home owners. Over time, exposure to radon can cause lung cancer. Radon causes about 21,000 lung cancer deaths each year in the U.S. It is the second leading cause of lung cancer, after tobacco smoking. People who smoke have an even higher risk of lung cancer from radon exposure than people who don't smoke.
Radon testing has become more and more common. Simply put, radon is a gas. While it is heavier than air, it has the ability to penetrate the earth's crust, find its way through voids in our living structures, and contaminate the air we breathe. While it tends to be concentrated in the lower areas of the home, forced air heating and cooling, and air exchange systems can spread radon throughout the house. As the building envelope becomes tighter (i.e. new windows, doors, insulation, finished basement, etc.) the radon has less of a chance to dissipate and therefore becomes trapped in the home.

Radon is caustic and can be deadly. Children are most at risk because they are lower to the ground, where the radon is concentrated. I suggest all homeowners get their homes tested for radon. While Radon Testing is not part of a standard home inspection, it is certainly just as important.

How we test

At Old Blue Home Inspections, we do short term 48 hour radon testing, which is the standard for most real estate transactions. We use state of the art radon testing devices that give us same day results with no down time waiting for a report from a lab.

​How to interpret the results

Radon measurements are reported in picocuries per liter (pCi/L) -- the lower the number, the healthier your home. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA has set the standard of 4.0 pCi/L as the "action level", at which mitigation is recommended. In other words, if your test shows a radon level of 4.0 pCi/L or higher, it is recommended that a radon mitigation specialist be consulted to advise the client on how to proceed.
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