Hermiller Home Inspections is licensed by State of Ohio to test Radon gas levels.
Hermiller Home Inspections holds Ohio Radon License #RS308. Radon is a cancer-causing, radioactive gas. It is estimated that 50% of homes in Ohio have high radon levels, and Hermiller Home Inspections is prepared to help homeowners eradicate this dangerous carcinogen. The EPA estimates 21,000 people a year get lung cancer due to high radon levels in their living spaces.
There are 2 different tests for Radon
Short-Term Radon Test
Short-term is a good starting point and the standard for real estate transfers. A short-term Radon test takes 2 to 7 days.
Long-Term Radon Test
Requesting a long-term Radon test will be the result in the truest average of the radon level in the home. Administering a long-term test can take 4 months to 1 year. Year-long radon tests are the most accurate – as they cover both heating and cooling seasons.
U.S. Surgeon General’s Health Advisory
“Indoor radon gas 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 country. It’s important to know that this threat is completely preventable. Radon can be detected with a simple test, and fixed through well-established venting techniques.”
A homeowner cannot see, smell or taste radon. But it still may be a problem in the home. When breathing air containing radon, there is an increased risk of developing lung cancer. The above statement from the Surgeon General of the United States warns that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States today. If an individual smokes and the residence has high radon levels, the risk of lung cancer is especially high.
The EPA Recommends:
• If you are buying a home or selling your home, have it tested for radon.
• For a newly constructed home, ask if radon-resistant construction features were used and if the home has been tested.
• Fix the home if the radon level is 4 picoCuries per liter (pCi/L) or higher.
• Radon levels less than 4 pCi/L still pose a risk, and in many cases, can and should be reduced.
• Take steps to prevent device interference when conducting a radon test.
Why test for radon?
Radon is a radioactive gas that has been found in homes all over the U.S. including Ohio. The gas comes from the natural breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water, and gets into the air. Radon typically moves up through the ground and enters a home through cracks and other holes in the foundation. Radon can also enter a home through well water. If a home is not well ventilated, the home can trap radon inside. Any home can have a radon problem, new and old homes, well-sealed and drafty homes, and homes with or without basements. In fact, a person’s greatest radiation exposure is at home. Nearly one out of every 15 homes in the United States is estimated to have an elevated radon level (4 pCi/L or more). Elevated levels of radon gas have been found in homes in Findlay, Ohio.
Both the EPA and the Surgeon General recommend testing for radon at home. Testing is the only way to know the level of risk from radon exposure. The EPA and the Surgeon General recommend testing all homes below the third floor for radon.
No one can predict radon levels based on state, local or neighborhood radon measurements. No one should rely on radon test results taken in other homes in a neighborhood to estimate the radon level in another home. Homes right next to each other can have different radon levels. Hermiller Home Inspection testing is the only way to find out an individual home’s radon level is.
Radon tests that are older than two years past are suspect if the home has been altered or renovated. Anything that can change the airflow throughout the house can effect radon levels. Even simple updates like replacing a furnace or central air conditioner will change the air circulation in a home. A radon test should be performed after any structural or mechanical update to a home – from finishing the basement to insulating the attic. A radon test can be taken before starting the project, and after the project is finished. Generally, it is less expensive to install a radon-reduction system during renovations rather than afterward.
Choosing Hermiller Home Inspections is hiring a qualified, certified radon mitigation specialist. Custom design mitigation system to reduce the amount of radon gas in the home. Hermiller Home Inspections is licensed through State of Ohio and member of AARST. Visit Findlayhomeinspector.com for more information.
If radon mitigation is necessary, radon testing after the radon-reduction system is in place will assure that radon levels have been reduced.
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