Radon Testing

Radon Testing


WHAT IS RADON?

Radon is a radioactive gas that comes from the natural decay of uranium in the rock, soil and water under a home. You cannot see it, taste it, or smell it. Radon gas is drawn in to your home by the difference in air pressure between the interior of a home and the soil below.


WHAT ARE THE HEALTH IMPACTS OF RADON TO YOU?

Radon and Radon Decay Products are inhaled in to your lungs. As radon gas decays it releases small bursts of energy that can damage lung tissue. The Environmental Protection Agency states that Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer, after smoking, in the United States.








WHAT SHOULD I DO IF THE RADON LEVEL IS ABOVE THE RECOMMENDED LEVEL?


Radon testing is becoming routine in real estate transactions as knowledgeable home buyers and owners are requesting radon testing before they buy or sell. Radon reduction systems work. High radon levels are easily fixed at a cost that is affordable. Although the cost will vary depending on the size and design of the home, cost for remediation generally range from $1,200 to $3,000.




EPA’s Map of Radon Zones assigns each of the 99 counties in Indiana to one of three zones based on radon potential.


What do the colors mean?


Zone 1 counties have a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (picocuries per liter) (red zones) – Highest Potential


Zone 2 counties have a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (orange zones) – Moderate Potential

Zone 3 counties have a predicted average indoor radon screening level less than 2 pCi/L (yellow zones) – Low Potential




See the following links to the Environmental Protection Agency Publications for more information on Radon, Radon’s potential impact on your health, and recommendations when buying or selling a home and Radon reduction:


CITIZEN'S GUIDE TO RADON

http://www.epa.gov/radon/pubs/citguide.html


HOMEBUYER'S & SELLER'S GUIDE TO RADON

http://www.epa.gov/radon/pubs/hmbyguid.html 

CONSUMER'S GUIDE TO RADON REDUCTION

http://www.epa.gov/radon/pubs/consguid.html




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Serving Northern Indiana

Marshall County, St. Joseph County, Elkhart County, Starke County, Kosciusko County, Fulton County, Pulaski County, and Cass County.


Serving Northern Indiana Counties

National Radon Proficiency Program

John M. Hetz

Residential Measurement Provider

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