Schedule your radon test in the Columbus, Dayton & Marysville, OH area
Radon Gas Testing in Ohio
Radon is an odorless, tasteless and invisible gas. It’s a naturally occurring gas that is derived from the breakdown of uranium in the soil.
While low levels of radon are not harmful, coming into contact with high levels can put your family’s health at risk as well as increase the chance of lung cancer and other illnesses.
Radon is a significant problem for homes in Ohio because of the climate and soil. Homes are also built in a way that encourages radon to seep through basement cracks and sump pumps.
For radon testing in Columbus, Dayton, and Marysville, OH areas, turn to Habitation Investigation LLC. We will check to see if your home has over 4 picocuries per liter (pCi/L) of radon. If so, we’ll refer you to a radon mitigation company. Call today to schedule your radon inspection.
Ensure your safety with a radon test
Habitation Investigation conducts radon tests and home inspections for buyers, sellers, and current homeowners. No one should be exposed to high levels of radon. Most common homeowners aren’t even aware it’s a threat. For your safety and peace of mind, our radon inspectors will:
Don’t expose your family to harmful gas, especially radon. Make sure your home doesn’t contain high levels of radon or any other hazard. Pair your radon test in Mechanicsburg and Columbus OH with a traditional home inspection from Habitation Investigation.
What is radon?
Radon is a naturally occurring gaseous radioactive element. It is invisible, odorless, and tasteless, It is derived from the radioactive decay of uranium. Radon is naturally occurring and present throughout the environment at very low levels. However, when high levels are present, people are at a higher risk for lung cancer.
Radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the United States – second only to smoking. For nonsmokers, radon is the No. 1 cause of lung cancer. Radon gas decays into radioactive particles (polonium) that can get trapped in your lungs when you breathe. As they break down alpha particles damage lung tissue and lead to lung cancer over the course of time.
Your chances of getting lung cancer from radon depend mostly on: 1. How much radon is in your home, 2. The amount of time you spend in your home, 3. Whether you are a smoker or have ever smoked.
A Citizens Guide to Radon has good information and charts to show the deaths from radon vs other ways of death.
Why is Radon more of a problem in Ohio homes?
The soil in Ohio contains uranium. As the uranium breaks down and those things break down some more radon is one of the eventual “products” of this breakdown. Ohio homes can have high levels of radon in the indoor air because of how they are built and the climate in Ohio. Having a basement and a fairly decent length of the heating season causes a chimney effect which can help pull the soil gases and radon into the home through small cracks and sump pumps.
All counties of the US have been assigned a zone of 1 to 3 based on radon potential. Zone 1 Highest Potential (greater than 4 pCi/L), Zone 2 Moderate Potential (from 2 to 4 pCi/L), and Zone 3 Low Potential (less than 2 pCi/L). Note:
All of Ohio’s counties are listed as either Zones 1 or 2. (Highest & Moderate potential)
Here is a pdf of Ohio showing the radon levels
The EPA suggests testing the air in your home first as this is the main source of elevated radon levels.
Habitation Investigation radon testing is available in the Central Ohio area as part of home inspections.