You may have heard recent reports from the EPA and Surgeon General that recommend schools and homes up to the third floor should conduct radon testing.

You may have also seen that radon testing kits are sold at your local hardware store.

While these kits can detect some radon levels, the only way to be sure of the safety of your home or school is to enlist the services of a professional radon testing company like Iron Dog Inspections. A professional radon test will help you know with certainty whether your home or school is protected against elevated levels of radon.

If you are unsure whether your home or school should be tested for radon, the University of Toledo’s Ohio radon concentrations web site might help you decide, but you should also know that there is no known safe level of radon and that all buildings (new, old, well-sealed, drafty and homes with or without basements or crawlspaces) can be affected by radon.

The EPA’s Map of Radon Zones also indicates that homes and buildings in Ohio are at higher risk of elevated levels of radon. Many counties in Ohio fall into Zone 1, the zone where there is the highest potential of radon levels exceeding 4pCi/L. At this level, the EPA strongly recommends that the home or building conduct radon remediation.

Radon, a radioactive gas associated most strongly with lung cancer, can enter your home in a number of ways, including:

  • Cracks in the floor
  • Construction joints
  • Wall cracks
  • Gaps in upper level floors
  • Gaps around pipes
  • Wall cavities
  • Water Supply

And since radon can’t be seen, smelled or tasted, the only way to know for sure that your home or building’s radon levels are low is radon testing.

Contact Iron Dog Inspections to learn how you can protect your family from high radon levels with radon testing or call us at 330-688-4766.