Radon Testing and Mitigation
Radon is a colorless odorless soil gas that is naturally occurring in the environment. Radon emits alpha radiation which can damage soft tissue of the lungs over time. Radon gas contributes to over 21,000 lung cancer deaths annually according to the U.S. EPA. Radon concentrations are measured in picocurries per liter of air (pCi/l). The U.S. EPA has set the recommended action level at levels above 4.0 pCi/l.
You can protect yourself from radon exposure in your home by testing, and mitigating the radon level if necessary. Radon is most commonly found in homes with basements, but can also be found at elevated levels in any type of home construction including crawl spaces and slab foundations. Testing for radon is the only way to know what the average concentration of radon is on the lowest livable level of your home. The average cost of a radon test ranges from $100-$150. The average cost of mitigation generally ranges from $800-$1200.
Legally valid real estate transaction tests are required to be conducted onsite for at least 48 hrs. Generally home owners are ethically bound to disclose if they are aware that the home has an elevated radon level.
Radon testers and mitigators are licensed by the state in Indiana. The Indiana State Department of Heath regulates this program. See our additional resources page for additional information.