What Is Radon?

The U.S. Surgeon General recommends that ALL homes be tested for radon gas.

Why is this so important?

Radon is a naturally occurring, odorless, colorless, radioactive gas released in rock, soil and water that can build up to dangerous levels inside any home. This means:

  • new and old homes
  • well sealed and drafty homes, and
  • homes with or without a basement.

Breathing Radon in Your Home Can Cause Lung Cancer

Because radon gas is odorless and invisible, the only way to know if your home has a radon problem is to test for it.

Breathing radon can increase your risk of lung cancer. Radon is the number one cause of lung cancer among people who do not smoke and the second leading cause of lung cancer for people who do. The EPA estimates that radon causes more than 20,000 deaths from lung cancer each year in the U.S. If you smoke and your home has a high radon level, your risk of lung cancer can increase even more.

Basement

Is Radon Gas Prevalent in Ohio?

Because much of the soil in Ohio contains quantities of uranium and radium that are continually breaking down, Ohio’s geology provides an ongoing supply of radon gas. A large percentage of Ohio’s homes have high levels of radon due to the ways they are built and how they are operated in our climate. Many Ohio homes have basements that are used as living spaces, which increases the potential for radon gas exposure and movement in the home.

Radon has been found in homes all across the country. Its levels can vary greatly from home to home - even levels in houses next door to each other can be very different.

 

 

I Have a New Home. Do I Need to Test for Radon?

Even a new or recently constructed home should be tested for radon. Many homes are built with radon-resistant materials, but even these homes do not guarantee the absence of radon. It is easier and costs less to reduce radon levels in homes that are built radon-resistant.

New Home Dream

 

What Are the Chances My Home Has Radon?

The Ohio Department of Health estimates that one out of every two Ohio homes has enough radon to pose a large risk to occupants’ health over many years of exposure.

Most homes won’t have a radon problem, but there’s a simple test to find out if your home has high levels of radon. Contact us today to schedule your radon test.

You Should Test for Radon

Schedule a Test

Contact us today - our expert technicians are ready to make sure your home is safe from the presence of radon.

Schedule a Test