What is Radon?

What is radon? Simply, radon is a very common issue in Ohio home buying and selling. Radon is a cancer causing radioactive gas found in many homes, but it is often unchecked. According to the EPA, radon is estimated to cause thousands of lung cancer deaths in the U.S. each year. I highly recommend that all my clients have a radon inspection during the home buying process in addition to a whole house and termite inspection. The EPA recommends having a radon mitigation system installed if the home radon level is 4 picocuries per liter, or pCi/L, or higher. Radon levels less than 4 pCi/L still pose a risk, and in many cases may be reduced. Radon reduction systems are effective, not costly, and can reduce radon levels in the home by up to 99%. Radon comes from the natural decay of uranium found in nearly all soils. It typically moves up through the ground to the air into the home through cracks in the foundation and water supply. The home traps radon where it can build up. Any home may have a radon problem; new and old homes, well-sealed and drafty homes, and homes with or without basements. It is estimated 1 out of every 15 homes in the U.S. have high radon levels. Test today! Low cost Radon test kits are available to Ohio residents: www.ohio.radon.com

Blog article provided by Christina Cavins, a Nationally recognized Realtor with Irongate Inc. Realtors. Christina can be reached via email at ChristinaCavins@aol.com or by cell phone or text message at 1-937-205-4741. For Ohio real estate and homes see Ohio Real Estate.


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Comment balloon 3 commentsChristina Cavins • October 03 2012 01:24PM


Great explanation on radon. I recommend to my buyers to have a radon inspection. Better safe and know, than sorry.

Posted by Carla Harbert, RE/MAX Omega, Brunswick Ohio (Full Time REALTOR in Ohio) almost 8 years ago

Thank you very much for the information! This is a great article! I would like to learn more about testing my home in Ohio. Thank you!

Posted by Dan almost 3 years ago

Hello, Dan. What specifically are you interested in testing radon in Ohio? I recently ran into this problem when buying a house. I tried to solve it myself, it's useless. I called the guys from the service and they did all the necessary work to get rid of my radon house. http://www.azradon.com/ I really liked their work.

Posted by Alex almost 3 years ago