In partnership with the Ohio Department of Health and Union County Health Department, RAPCA can provide assistance with radon testing questions, link homeowners to free or discounted radon test kits, and make referrals to other organizations handling radon issues.
Free test kits are available for homeowners interested in reducing their family’s risk of lung cancer. Free test kits can be obtained by visiting the Doctor Home Air website or by contacting RAPCA. When calling or emailing RAPCA, be sure to leave full name, phone number and address where the kit can be mailed.
What is Radon?
Radon is a naturally-occurring gas that is found in the soil; you cannot see, smell, or taste radon. Radon enters buildings through cracks and holes in the foundation and can accumulate to elevated levels.
Why is it a problem?
Radon exposure can increase a person’s risk of developing lung cancer. The Surgeon General of the United States has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States - second only to smoking. For non-smokers in this country, radon is the number one cause of lung cancer.
Should I Test My Home?
Many Ohio counties, including those in the Miami Valley, are designated as Zone 1 counties by U.S. EPA, meaning the highest potential for elevated radon levels exists. This makes it especially important for homeowners to test their homes because testing is the only way to know if you have elevated radon levels in your home. You can test your home using a kit purchased from a home improvement/hardware store, or a professional tester can be hired to test your home. When done correctly, both methods can provide accurate information on indoor radon levels.
There are two types of tests typically conducted in homes:
- A short term test is considered a screening tool for elevated radon levels and is appropriate if you have not tested your home before.
- A long term test will provide better information about the annual radon exposure a building's occupants may receive and is appropriate for folks who are doing certain types of follow up testing.
Building a New Home?
Your new home can be built with radon resistant features! Visit U.S. EPA’s Radon Resistant New Construction web page for more information.
Buying or Selling a Home?
Radon testing should be a negotiation point, rather than a deal breaker of a real estate transaction. Visit U.S EPA's Radon and Real Estate web page for more information.