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Radon

Welcome to the regional radon test kit hub for western & central Ohio. Ohio homeowners can order a free test kit by clicking on the link below. To learn more about radon and how it affects your health, click on one of the links below or scroll down this page.

Free Radon Test Kits
Radon Resistant New Construction
Radon and Your Home

 

 

Free Radon Test Kits

The Ohio Department of Health offers FREE radon test kits to Ohio homeowners through a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency.

To order a free radon test kit and have it mailed to your home click on the orange link below!


Free Home Radon Test Kit 

 

If you are unable to complete the online form for any reason, please email us at contact@uchd.net or call us at (937) 642-2053 and we will ensure a test kit is ordered on your behalf. 

 

The FREE test kit is easy to use.
1. Place the test kit in the lowest living level of your home. That means a finished basement if your family spends time there or it may mean your first floor if you only use the basement for storage.

2. Leave the kit in place for three to seven days. 

3. Remove and discard the sponge from the kit. Seal the bag and mail to the testing company.

4. Your results will be mailed to you in about two weeks. The Ohio Department of Health also receives the results so that radon levels throughout the state can be tracked.

 If your home has radon levels over 4 picocuries per liter, mitigation is recommended. Mitigation costs can be several hundred dollars or more, but is important for the health of your family as exposure to Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer. The Ohio Department of Health has a list of all licensed Radon contractors which you can find by following this link.  If you have any questions, please call the Union County Health Department at (937) 642-2053 for more information on radon testing and mitigation.

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What you need to know about Radon

Due to naturally occurring high levels of Radon in the soils of Central Ohio, the EPA recommends all Union County homeowners test their home for radon.  Radon is a naturally occurring odorless/colorless gas that enters into a building that is in contact with the ground, like basements. Because it is a gas it can enter through many different avenues including cracks in the foundation of a home, construction joints and gaps around service piping. High levels of Radon are very dangerous and can cause serious health complications. The EPA states that Radon is the second leading cause of cancer in the general population and the leading cause among non-smokers. 

 

The average national indoor radon level is 1.3 pCi/L (picocurie per liter).
The average indoor radon levels of Union County, as determined by radon test results from Air Chek, Inc, is 4.9 pCi/L

    Results under 2 pCi/L

    Results between 2 and 3.9 pCi/L

    Results 4 pCi/L and above

 

*Graph and data from:  http://oh-radon.info/

 

 

 

 

 

Radon Resistant New Construction

 

New regulations take effect Jan. 1, 2015 requiring radon reduction systems in new homes constructed in Union County. If you are planning to build a new home, please review the following radon resistant new construction rules from the Union County Building Department. 

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For information on radon levels in Union County and a report on the effectiveness of Radon Resistant New Construction, please download the Radon Resistant New Construction Report below. 

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