Home Inspection Radon Test in Northeast Ohio
We strongly recommend testing your home for radon gas given the negative health effects it can cause for you and your family. Footer to Ridge is licensed to test radon gas levels (Radon License: RT1196), and we can administer tests as part of a scheduled property inspection or as a standalone service (please see the pricing breakdown below). As always, we promise the same rigorous attention to detail no matter the size of the job, so you can trust the radon test results you receive and make informed decisions.
Answers to Common Radon Questions:
What is Radon Gas?
Radon is a radioactive byproduct of uranium, which is present at some degree in all types of rock. Since it is a gas, radon can move through cracks in solid objects like rock, soil and building foundations. It is also invisible, tasteless and has no odor, making it difficult to detect without proper equipment. Finally, radon is an extremely dangerous health hazard, and radon poisoning has been linked to serious illness. Keep reading for more information.
Why is Radon Gas Dangerous?
According to the Surgeon General, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States and is the primary cause of lung cancer among non-smokers.
How does Radon Get Into Homes?
Radon gas typically enters the house for four reasons:
The air pressure between the house and surrounding soil is different.
There are openings in the house's foundation.
The soil around the foundation of a house is more permeable (or loose).
If the home has a well, radon can come in through the water supply.
What is a Radon Count?
A radon count is the metric used to describe the concentration of radon in the air of a specific location. The higher the radon count, the more likely it is for radon poisoning to occur. Have a professional come test for radon to determine what the count is in your home. Depending on how high it is, remediation may be necessary.
Where are There High Radon Gas Levels in Ohio?
The radon zone map of Ohio featured here comes from the EPA. It is designed to help authorities target their resources by showing where there is the most potential for high levels of radon gas. Counties labeled as Zone 1 have the highest potential for having dangerous levels of radon, while Zone 2 areas are less likely to have excessive amounts. Note that no counties in Ohio are labeled as Zone 3 (the lowest designation), and the EPA urges that all properties be inspected because homes with high radon counts have been identified in all three zones.
How Do You Fix High Radon Levels in Your Home?
Radon remediation prevents radon poisoning by sealing cracks in the foundation and installing ventilation to remove gas from living spaces with high concentrations and push it elsewhere. These vent systems should be installed by a reliable radon mitigation company.