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A Typical Home
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Radon Reduction System

Quick Overview:  Radon is a naturally occurring, colorless, odorless, radioactive gas that is the #2 cause of lung cancer. It is derived mostly from the radioactive decay of uranium in the ground and is present everywhere in very small amounts.   In our area, there are two main factors than can cause homes, schools, and offices to have elevated levels.  1). Many areas in Ohio have higher amounts of radon than average.  2). Because of the way our homes are built in this area, deadly radon can build up to dangerous high levels in our homes, schools & offices.  Both the EPA & Ohio dept of health recommend that all homes be tested for Radon.   

Look around your neighborhood, you'll see radon reduction systems, similar to the one pictured, at many homes.  Is your home safe for you and loved ones?

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                                                 You can now look up past Radon Test Results by Zip Code

The university of Toledo tracks and records historical Radon Test data for the Ohio Dept of health.  You can look up Radon information on past tests by zip code on their web site.  There is a lot of scientific data on this link, but look closely at the first 4 columns.
      The 1st column is how many tests were done in that zip code area.  "No."
      The 2nd column is the highest test result so far.  "Max"
      The 3rd is the lowest test result.  Usually 0.0 or very close.  "Min"
      The 4th is the average test result in the chosen zip area.   "AM"
Remember,  Radon levels can not be predicted by past tests results.  The EPA and the Ohio Dept of Health both recommend that every home be tested.  High levels of Radon can occur almost anywhere.
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More Radon Information . .

The Ohio Dept. of Health (ODH) estimates that about one in two Ohio homes have enough radon to pose a large risk to the occupants’ health over many years of exposure. In some areas of the state, the percentage of homes that have high levels of radon is even larger.     *This Information is from: The Ohio Dept. of Health publication “Radon in Ohio Homes”.

The U.S. Surgeon General, the U.S. EPA, and the ODH recommend that every Ohio home be tested for radon.   "Indoor Radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the United States and breathing it over prolonged periods can present a significant health risk to families all over the county. 

What is Radon? Radon is a gaseous radioactive element - which means it continuously decays and releases radiation.  It is measured in pCi/L (pico Curies per Liter). Its atomic symbol is Rn, the atomic number 86, an atomic weight of 222. It is an invisible, odorless and tasteless gas, with no immediate health symptoms. It is derived from the radioactive decay of uranium.   Although radon is present throughout the environment at very low levels, when high levels are present, people are exposed to more of its radiation and their risk of cancer increases. Such a situation can be discovered easily and corrected.

The Risk of Living With Radon    Radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the United States – second only to smoking. For nonsmokers in this country, Radon is the No. 1 cause of lung cancer.    Radon gas decays into radioactive particles that can get trapped in your lungs when you breatheAs they break down further, these particles release small bursts of energy. (Radioactive Alpha particles)  This damages lung tissue and leads to lung cancer over the course of your lifetime.     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.    Not everyone exposed to elevated levels of radon will develop lung cancer. And the amount of time between exposure and the onset of the disease may be many years but more is known about Radon risks than risks from most other cancer-causing substances. This is because estimates of radon risks are based on studies of cancer in humans (underground miners).  View Radon Health Risks Chart Here

Why is Radon a common problem in Ohio homes?

Much of the soil in Ohio contains quantities of uranium and radium. These minerals continuously break down and release radon gas. Therefore, Ohio’s geology provides an ongoing supply of Radon. In addition, a large percentage of Ohio homes have high levels of radon in the indoor air because of how they are built and how they are operated in our climate. One important factor is that many Ohio homes have basements that are used as living spaces.

The U.S. EPA and the U.S. Geological Survey have created a map * of all 3,141 counties of the united states. 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 all are listed as either Zones 1 or 2. (Highest & Moderate potential)     Radon, because it is a gas, is able to move through spaces in the soil or fill material around a home’s foundation. Ohio homes tend to operate under a negative pressure; this is especially true in the lowest portions of the home and during the heating season. This negative pressure acts as a vacuum (suction) that pulls soil gases, including radon, into the lower level of the structure. Some causes of home vacuum are: • Heated air rising inside the home (stack effect). • Wind blowing past a home (downwind draft effect). • Air used by fireplaces, wood stoves and furnaces (vacuum effect). • Air vented to the outside by clothes dryers and exhaust fans in bathrooms, kitchens, or attics. (suction)   Radon can enter a home through the floor and walls – anywhere there is an opening between the home and the soil.  Well water can also be a source of Radon in air. Once water enters the home, Radon gas can be dissipated into the air, raising the Radon level. The EPA suggests testing the air in your home first as this is the main source of elevated Radon levels.

How can I find out if my home has a Radon problem?

Because Radon is colorless, odorless and tasteless, a Radon test is the only way to tell what levels you have in your home. Every home is unique due to its local soil, construction details, maintenance and degree of depressurization. Therefore, test results from nearby homes cannot be relied upon to predict the radon level in another home. Likewise, previous test results may not reflect current and future radon levels for a home that has been remodeled, weatherized or had changes made to its heating, air conditioning or other ventilation systems such as exhaust fans.  The results of a properly performed radon test will help homeowners determine for themselves if they need to take further action to protect their family from the health risks of radon in the home.

How can I protect my family from radon?

#1 Have your home testedInspecTec can set up a Continuous Radon Monitor Device that will give immediate results at the end of the test. This test will give you hour by hour radon level readings and the overall average Radon level in your home. Remember, there is no safe level of Radon however, if your home tests at elevated levels, a number of steps can be taken to lower the amount of radon in your home, including a radon reduction (mitigation) system that can reduce the annual average radon level to below 4 picocuries per liter. Licensed radon mitigation contractors can install appropriate control systems. 

Where can I get more information on radon?

US EPA at:  www.epa.gov/radon/

Where can I get more information on radon?

US EPA at:  www.epa.gov/radon/

Where can I get more information on radon?

US EPA at:  www.epa.gov/radon/

Ohio Radon Information System Web site at:  http://radon.utoledo.edu