Is your home in an area with high radon gas potential?
In Ohio and Northern Kentucky, the potential for radon gas is moderate to high, depending on where you live. Radon testing is the only way to confirm that your home is not subject to dangerous radon levels. Radon gas can be detected through a simple, quick, and low cost radon test.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has set the recommended action level at 4.0 pCi/L (picocuries per liter of air) or higher. The national average indoor radon level is about 1.3 pCi/L while outdoor radon levels average 0.4 pCi/L. The higher a home’s radon level, the greater the health risk to you and your family. Smokers and former smokers are at especially high risk.
The EPA and the Surgeon General, along with other health organizations, strongly recommend taking further action when the home’s radon test results are 4.0 pCi/L or greater. Radon levels less than 4.0 pCi/L still pose some risk, and the EPA recommends that you consider mitigating.
Reducing your radon levels can be done easily, effectively, and fairly inexpensively. Even homes with very high levels can be reduced below 4.0 pCi/L.
When fixing your radon gas problem, use a state approved/licensed contractor trained specifically for mitigation. For Ohio, visit the Department of Health’s web site and click on “Find a Licensed Radon Contractor.”
For further information about reducing elevated radon levels, the EPA’s “Consumer Guide to Radon Reduction” is a great resource.
If you have any questions about radon testing/detection, contact the Radon Diva. We are standing by to answer any and all of your questions about this serious health risk.
Source: U.S. Geological Survey