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Radon Testing

Professional Radon Testing

Unity Property and Pest proudly offers professional radon gas testing services. We offer this testing in addition to our home inspections or as a stand-alone service.

Radon is a type of radioactive gas. It’s naturally formed when radioactive metals (such as uranium, thorium, and radium) are broken down in groundwater, rocks, and soil.

Everyone is exposed to radon in small amounts throughout their lives. However, when radon levels rise too high, they can have a negative effect on indoor air quality and cause a variety of health problems.

Our team performs efficient and accurate radon gas testing in Akron, Canton, Cleveland, and most of Northeast Ohio.

Interested in testing? Not sure if you need it? Everything you need to know is outlined below.

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What are the
risks of Radon?

The following are some of the most well-known symptoms linked to high levels of radon exposure:

  • Coughing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Wheezing
  • Chest Pain
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Frequent infections (bronchitis, pneumonia, etc.)

 

Long term radon exposure can also cause serious lung damage. In fact, it’s the number two cause of lung cancer in the United States (second only to cigarettes).

What are the benefits
of Radon Testing?

There are two main benefits of radon testing:

  1. Protecting yourself and your family. First of all, radon testing helps you ensure your home is safe for you and your family. If you make testing a priority, you can save yourself and your loved ones from the health problems caused by Radon (coughing, shortness of breath, wheezing, chest paint, and frequent infections).
  2. Easier sale of your home. If you’re getting ready to sell your home, professional radon testing is a good idea. There’s a good chance that potential buyers will ask for paperwork showing that your house does not have unsafe Radon levels. If you are ready, this could expedite the process of selling your home, saving you time and money.

How do you prepare
for Radon Testing?

Professional radon testing lasts at least 48 hours. During the testing process, professionals will place test kits on the lowest level of your home to gather samples. Then, they’ll collect the samples and send them to a lab to be evaluated.

Preparing your Home

  • There are a few steps you can take to prepare your home for accurate testing, including these:

    • 12 hours before the test, close all exterior windows and doors.
    • Keep all doors and windows closed, except for normal entries and exits.
    • Keep heating and air conditioning on “auto” mode, and set them between 67 and 77 degrees.

    During testing, be sure to turn off all ceiling fans, dehumidifiers, humidifiers, and air filters that are within 20 feet of the monitors. This ensures that nothing skews the test results.

What can be done about
high Radon levels?

Radon gas is measured in picocuries per liter (pCi/L). The EPA has defined an “action level” of 4.0 pCi/L (picocuries per liter) regarding radon gas testing and measurements. Meaning, if your radon gas level test results are 4.0 pCi/L or greater, the EPA recommends the home be fixed (mitigated).

However, since there are no known levels of safe exposure to radon, the EPA recommends that all Americans consider fixing their home if the levels are between 2 pCi/L and 4 pCi/L.

If you learn that radon levels in your home are higher than what the EPA deems safe, here are some steps you can take to lower them:

  • Identify and seal cracks and openings in the foundation to prevent more radon from entering.
  • Install a soil suction system for radon reduction. This is a pipe and fan system that pulls radon out from under the house and sends it outside.
  • Install a gas-permeable layer beneath your flooring. This option only works if you have a basement or slab foundation.

Remember, the sooner you act after learning about high radon levels, the better.

Unity Property and Pest’s trained team will test for Radon within your home, giving you and your family peace of mind that you can mitigate the effects of this toxic gas.
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Radon Testing Specialists

The average cost for
for Radon Testing.

The average radon test cost is about $437. Tests can range from $146 on the low end to $730 on the high end.

If you’re hesitant about the cost, keep in mind that professional Akron radon testing is much more accurate than an at-home radon test kit. An at-home test kit is better than nothing, but it won’t provide the level of precision that you deserve.

Keep in mind, too, that professional testing for radon in Akron and Cleveland will also be cheaper than radon mitigation. If you test early, you’ll be able to avoid having to spend a lot of time and money lowering radon levels later.

Call us today to schedule your appointment. 

Average cost of a Radon Test

The average radon test cost is about $437. Tests can range from $146 on the low end to $730 on the high end.

If you’re hesitant about the cost, keep in mind that professional Akron radon testing is much more accurate than an at-home radon test kit. An at-home test kit is better than nothing, but it won’t provide the level of precision that you deserve.

Keep in mind, too, that professional testing for radon in Akron will also be cheaper than radon mitigation. If you test early, you’ll be able to avoid having to spend a lot of time and money lowering radon levels later.

Schedule your Radon Testing Today

Do you want to schedule Akron radon testing for your home? If so, we’re here to help at Unity Property & Pest.

Contact us today to learn more or to make an appointment for testing.

If you want to learn more about radon testing or mitigation, you can visit the EPA’s website. You can also contact the Ohio Indoor Radon Program.

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