What is Radon?
Radon is a radioactive, colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas. It is formed as natural deposits of uranium throughout the earth’s crust decay. As radon decay products are inhaled, they can alter the cells in the lungs. These alterations can increase the potential for getting lung cancer. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer behind smoking. An estimated 21,000 people die of radon related lung cancer each year.
The EPA (U.S Department of Environmental Protection) has made the recommendation of no long-term radon exposures above 4 pico couries/liter (pCi/L). This action level was based on both health and economics. The only way to tell if a building has elevated levels of radon is to have it tested. Testing for radon requires a Ohio State License and continuing education every 2 years. (16 hours ) My license # is 91552.
I own and use Sun Nuclear continuing radon monitors. The Model 1027 has been evaluated and accepted by the U.S Department of Environmental Protection (EPA). My monitors are calibrated yearly. Duplicate and cross checks are performed in accordance to the Ohio Department of Health and the EPA guidelines.
The cost of the test depends on the location of the home and if a general inspection is performed.