Everything You Need to Know about Radon Testing

Have you recently had your home or business tested for radon? If not and you live in Northeast Ohio this is something you might want to consider. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Northeast Ohio falls into Zone 1, meaning its residents are at a highest risk of encountering high levels of radon than in other areas of the country.

The first question you may find yourself asking is, “What is radon?”  It’s an odorless, colorless gas that is naturally present in small quantities in soil and air.  This radioactive gas is created when uranium begins to decay.

Dangers of Radon in Your Home or Business

Exposure to radon can cause lung cancer.  In fact, the EPA estimates that radon exposures kills 21,000 people in the United States every year.  The gas moves into your home from the soil. It moves through cracks and crevices and can even penetrate concrete.

But My House is New

Every house is susceptible to high levels of radon whether that house is old or new, has a basement or not.  While homes or business that have foundation cracks, for example, are more likely to see higher levels of radon, there really is no formula for what causes these high levels.  Each situation is unique.

How to Test for Radon in Your Home

The best way to test for Radon in your Northeast Ohio home is to call a professional.  At Ark Home Inspection we have the latest technology that gives an accurate reading of the radon levels in your home.  If levels are high, we will work with you to get them low.  For example, we will look for areas where radon is getting into your home and see that these are repaired.  You can also consider installing a radon mitigation system that ventilates your home.

 

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Radon Testing and the 7 Key Things Every Homeowner Should Know

 

 

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