Columbus Ohio Radon Testing

What Is Radon?

Radon is a colorless, odorless gas caused by uranium and granite decay in the soil.  Where a home is positioned on the soil can affect whether radon will be an issue inside the home.  Radon enters a home in multiple ways, including cracks or openings in the foundation.  By design, homes are built to keep utility costs low and to retain heat; however, this also creates an environment in which radon gas infiltrating the home becomes trapped and can accumulate to unsafe levels for the inhabitants.

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HOW DOES RADON
ENTER A HOUSE?

The differences in air pressure between the inside of a building and the soil around it also play an important role in radon entry.  If the air pressure of a house is greater than the soil beneath it, radon will remain outside.  However, if the air pressure of a house is lower than the surrounding soil (which is usually the case), the house acts as a vacuum, sucking radon gas inside the home.  Because radon comes from the soil, the geology of an area can help to predict the potential for elevated indoor radon levels.  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has worked with state and federal geologists to develop maps which predict the potential indoor radon levels for every county in the United States.  Those counties with the highest potential are designated as Zone 1; those with the lowest as Zone 3.

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See what the EPA has to say about where you live and the average radon levels in your county.

HOW DO WE PERFORM A RADON TEST FOR YOU?

Real estate transactions happen quickly, and deadlines must be met for any inspection objections.  Because of this, we need to be able to assess the radon levels in a home in a short period of time.  We use a passive device charcoal canister system that is EPA approved to measure the levels of radon in the home over a minimum of 48 hours.  We will forward the canisters to a lab for testing and provide you the results as soon as we receive them via email.

We are Certified by the National Radon Proficiency Program (NRPP #111488-RT) and licensed by The State of Ohio (License Number RT1620) to be able to test for radon.

WHAT SHOULD BE DONE IF THE RADON LEVEL IS HIGH?

The average indoor radon level is estimated to be about 1.3 pCi/L; roughly 0.4 pCi/L of radon is normally found in the outside air.  While any level of radon is considered unsafe  the EPA recommends that action be taken to reduce a home’s indoor radon levels if the radon test result is 4 pCi/L or higher.  If elevated levels are found during the real estate transaction, the buyer and seller should discuss the timing and costs of the radon mitigation.  The cost of making repairs to reduce radon levels will vary and an estimate from a mitigation specialist should be obtained.

TRUST YOUR INVESTMENT WITH THE BEST

Grand View Property Inspections is a certified and insured, local family-owned business that provides thorough inspections in the Columbus, Ohio and surrounding areas.  With each of our clients, whether you are a home buyer or a home seller, we will walk you through every step of our inspections, giving you assurance of the condition of your potential home.  One of our services is Radon Testing, which Ohio rates very high for.  If you are worried you may have dangerous levels of radon in your home, don’t wait any longer.  Book your inspection and/or Radon Test today!