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Uranium emitting alpha particles in a cloud chamber

What is radon gas?


Radon is an odorless, colorless, tasteless, radioactive gas. Radon comes from the decay of radioactive uranium that can be found in small amounts in rocks and soil throughout nature. In areas with disturbed earth, and loose fill, like when a home is built, radon escapes from the soil.

Radon gas exposure is the number one cause of cancer for non-smokers, even greater than second-hand smoke. Most people are exposed to radon gas inside their own homes, and this is their greatest exposure to natural ionizing radiation.

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COVID-19 safety for our company and your family

Radon Done is committed to the safety of your family and our own employees. During this pandemic, it is critical that we all observe safety protocols that minimize the risk of disease transmission.

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Radon gas in Ohio

Central Ohio has relatively high natural concentrations of uranium from glacial deposits and shale, which during radioactive decay, produces radium and radon.

The EPA’s current radon action level is four picocuries of radon per liter of air (4 pCi/L). Most counties in central Ohio have high potential for radon, with predicted average indoor greater than the EPA action level. According to one study cited by Ohio Department of Natural Resources Department of Geological Survey, 38% of Ohio’s 88 counties had average indoor radon levels above 4.0 pCi/L, but Licking County’s average was above 8.0 pCi/L. Seven Ohio counties—Carroll, Fairfield, Franklin, Harrison, Knox, Pickaway, and Ross—had average indoor Radon concentrations between 6 and 8 pCi/L.

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How does radon get into my home?

Radon is odorless, colorless, and tasteless; it is an inert noble gas. Radon is a naturally-occurring, carcinogenic, radioactive gas produced by the decay of radium in the soil. Radon gas exposure is the greatest single source of natural, ionizing, background radiation, only surpassed by medical radiation.

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New construction home with unknown radon levels. Any home can have a radon problem, even newly-built comes, the only way to know is to test. Radon gas exposure is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking. Central Ohio has high radon potential and every home should be tested.

Do new homes have radon?

Brand new homes should be tested for radon before moving in, as part of the inspection period. Some new homes are built with radon resistant construction techniques. A radon test will identify if mitigation is required by the builder, or if additional functionality is required for pre-installed passive mitigation systems.

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Radon Done utilized Sun Nuclear 1028 continuous radon monitors. Radon Done provides Ohio-licensed, independent, professional radon tests. Radon monitors must be calibrated annually by a third-party lab to ensure accuracy and precision, as required by Ohio law.

What is radon and where does it come from?

Radon is a natural form of radiation that can cause serious health problems and is often found in igneous rock and soil. An odorless, colorless radioactive gas; it forms from the radioactive decay of small amounts of uranium naturally present in rocks and soils.

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View of a neighborhood in central Ohio with high radon levels.

Is there radon in my neighborhood?

Many counties in central Ohio have average indoor radon levels greater tahn the EPA action level of 4.0 pCi/L. Averages recorded in Franklin county are 6.0 to 8.0 pCi/L, and Licking county is over 8.0 pCi/L.

Any home can have elevated radon levels, and even homes next to each other can have different levels of indoor radon due to construction and geographic difference. Every home should be tested, old or new, and even if it already has a radon remediation system in place.

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Radon Done radon test in progress. Radon Done uses Sun Nuclear 1028 continuous radon monitros to provide accurate and precise radon readings for homeowners and home buyers.

How much does a radon test cost?

If you are buying or selling a home, test it for radon. The EPA recommends you know the indoor radon level in any home you consider buying. Testing is the only way to know if you or your family are at risk from radon. Luckily, short term radon tests before purchasing a house, or for your current house, are inexpensive.

Both short-term real estate transaction radon tests and homeowner radon tests from Buckeye Radon costs only $150. Each test takes as little as 48 hours to complete, and results are available on the same day.

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Radon Done radon testing in progress door hanger. Closed house conditions must be maintained during the 48-hour test, with all doors and windows closed.

How to test for radon gas?

A radon test can be performed during the inspection window for a real estate transaction, or by any homeowner who wants to know the radon concentrations within their home. The EPA recommends you know the indoor radon level in any home you consider buying.

Real estate transaction radon testing is short-term, using a continuous radon monitor, with duration of at least 48 hours.

Any home can have elevated radon levels, and even homes next to each other can have different levels of indoor radon due to construction and geographic difference. Every home should be tested, old or new, and even if it already has a radon remediation system in place.

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Testing for radon in Ohio is performed by a licensed professional.

Testing quality and practices

Quality, accuracy, and precision are important in professional radon measurement. Ohio has codified the EPA protocols for short-term and long-term radon testing in the Ohio Revised Code and Ohio Administrative Code. All radon professionals must be licensed after required training and an accredited exam. Radon testers in Ohio must be trained, tested, and licensed, and must take continuing education classes, exam, and renew their license every two years.

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