What Do I Need to Know About Radon?
Cincinnati does not have greater exposure to radon than other parts of the country. However, it is good to know the radon levels in your home.
Radon exposure is a cumulative danger. It builds up over years. That said, there is no need to panic if you have concerns over radon. But you should schedule a test.
Where Does Radon Come From?
Radon comes from the soil into your house. It is the naturally occurring decay of uranium in the soil that causes it. This gas has no odor and no color, so determining its presence requires monitors specifically designed to track it. If you have gaps between your floors and walls, or cracks in your foundation, radon may be moving from the soil into your home. Any concrete foundation will let some radon permeate through – it’s just a question of how much.
This gas is present in the air around us every day, just in small, trace amounts. The gas is radioactive, but low levels of exposure are no cause for concern.
However, it doesn’t dissipate in an enclosed lower level, so a large amount of radon can build up in a house over years with harmful results. 21,000 Americans each year contract lung cancer caused by radon exposure.
Testing For Radon In Cincinnati
There are very simple test kits available at hardware stores. However a far more reliable result comes from a company licensed by the state to perform radon tests. Getting a license in Ohio requires multiple days of training and testing, and then continuing education to maintain certification. The equipment that does the monitoring costs several thousand dollars. I don’t believe you can get as accurate a finding with an inexpensive kit from the local hardware store, which you then mail off somewhere.
I do not perform radon tests myself, but I do have a company I work with and can arrange for testing. I will also send you statistics compiled from tests done in the zip code of the property you are buying, to help you decide if you want to go ahead with testing.