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What Does Radon Smell Like? Does it have a Scent?

Aug 22, 2019 8:37:00 AM

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What does Radon Smell Like? 

There are many things that Ohio residents do not know about radon gas, despite it being the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States.

Many people are under the impression that radon has an odor, and if they are not smelling a funny odor in their basement than that must mean their home does not contain radon. 

We are here to tell you that Radon Gas has NO smell. 

That's right, we hate to be the ones to break it to you, but radon doesn't smell like anything at all. It is a completely odorless, colorless, and tasteless gas, which is one thing that makes it so dangerous, it's completely undetectable without proper testing equipment. 

For more information on detecting high radon levels read our blog post: "What Are The Signs Your Home Has A Radon Problem?

 Table of Contents 

  1. Test your Home for Radon 
  2. Continuous Monitoring Device 
  3. What is a Safe Level of Radon 

Contact Radon Eliminator for your Testing Services 

Test your Home for Radon 

Since you cannot smell, see or taste radon, determining if it's inside your home by just using your senses, is not going to work too well for you. Your home could contain radon levels that are off the charts and you would never be able to determine that without having a test performed. 

Waiting around for a sign or symptom that there's radon in your home is neither efficient or safe for you or your family. 

The only way, and we repeat, the only way to determine the concentration levels of radon gas inside your home is to have it tested with a radon testing device. More specifically, these devices are called radon continuous monitoring tests. 

It is described as a continuous monitor because it will measure the radon levels inside the home for every hour that it's in use. Once the test is complete you get a data copy showing you the radon levels for each hour along with an average number for the entire time the test was in your home. 

Testing your home with a continuous monitoring device is not something you can do on your own. You will need to hire a licensed testing specialist to do the test for you. It's very important to use a certified testing expert to be sure the test is completed with correct protocol and properly calibrated testing equipment. 

If you hire someone who is not licensed with The Ohio Department of health you run the risk of having false readings from faulty equipment and incorrect protocol. Do not take a shortcut when it comes to you health and well being. 

If you are interested in getting an idea of the radon levels in your home, you may purchase a do-it-yourself radon test kit. Now it's important to note that these test results will not be sufficient if you are looking to buy or sell a home. These kits are to simply give you a rough idea of the radon levels, at which point you should contact an expert for a more accurate reading. 

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What is a Safe Level of Radon? 

When you have your home tested for radon gas, you're hoping that the levels will come back below a 4.0 piC.L. This number is the action level set in place by the Environmental Protection Agency. It is at this level that action needs to be taken in order to reduce the levels inside your home. 

Although this is the level set aside by the EPA and is the guideline that is used during real estate transactions, The World Health Organization recommends action if radon tests at a 2.0 or higher. 

Once you know the radon levels in your home, you can speak with the licensed professional who conducted your test to determine if a radon mitigation system is needed. 

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Contact Radon Eliminator for your Testing Services 

If you have never had your home tested for Radon Gas, now is the time. Do not put off radon testing because you can't smell anything in your basement. Remember, radon gas does not have a smell. 

If you want to protect yourself and your family from harmful concentration levels of radon, you will first need to find out what the levels are.

Once your home has been tested by a licensed professional, you can make an educated decision as to whether or not you need to have a removal system installed. 

Radon Eliminator has a team of licensed Radon Testing professionals who can test your home for radon. 

It only takes two days to find out the concentration levels of this harmful gas inside your home. Only two days to know if your home is contaminated or not. 

Click below to schedule a discounted Radon Test with our Licensed Radon Testing Professionals today. 

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