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Why is Radon a problem

[fa icon="calendar"] Oct 13, 2019 11:29:57 AM / by Reid Geiler

Reid Geiler

Radon is a cancer-causing colorless and odorless gas that is found in the ground all over the United States.  It results from the natural breakdown of uranium and is the second largest cause of lung cancer after smoking, killing an average of 21,000 people per year nationwide.  That's more than drunk driving and house fires combined.
 
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, average Radon levels in Hamilton County homes are high enough to be considered unhealthy for long term exposure.  Health risk is based on the Radon level in the home, length of exposure and whether an individual smokes.  The EPA says that smoking greatly increases the likelihood of developing Radon-related lung cancer.  The presence of Radon can vary greatly from neighborhood to neighborhood and even from home to home.  The older a home is, the more likely that it wasn't built with Radon dangers in mind.
radontesting
 
The Geiler Company is certified by the Ohio Department of Health and The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. 
 
The EPA has prepared a Home Buyer's and Seller's Guide to Radon. 
 
THE EPA RECOMMENDS:
  • If you are buying or selling a home, have it tested for radon.
  • For a new 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, may be reduced.
  • Take steps to prevent device interference when conducting a radon
 

Click the image below to download your copy.

home buyer's and seller's guide to radon
 
Don't rely on a self-test or on someone who may not be certified in Radon testing to determine whether you or your family is at risk. 

Radon levels in the Cincinnati area are higher than the national average. The EPA strongly suggests every home be tested to make sure occupants are not exposed to dangerous levels of radon gas.

The Geiler Company follows the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Ohio Department of health guidelines for radon testing and mitigation. We are licensed  through the State of Indiana and Ohio Department of Health. The Commonwealth of Kentucky recommends employing Radon Mitigation Contractors with a National Radon Professionals (NRPP) listing. The Geiler Company has a NRPP listing

Geiler uses the most advanced and accurate radon testing equipment available when testing your Cincinnati home for unacceptable levels of radon. Once completed, home owners receive a full report of our findings including our professional recommendations if mitigation is needed. 

Radon can be effectively lowered to safe levels at reasonable costs.

 
Call us today at 513-434-8523 to talk with a Radon professional.

Topics: Radon Mitigation, Radon Testing