EPA Map - Radon Zones of Kentucky
RED - Highest Potential
ORANGE- Moderate Potential
YELLOW - Low Potential
**The purpose of this map is to assist National, State, and local organizations to target their resources and to implement radon-resistant building codes. This map is not intended to be used to determine if a home in a given zone should be tested for radon. Homes with elevated levels of radon have been found in all three zones. All homes should be tested regardless of geographic location.
We at Inspect & Detect believe that proper testing for Radon levels in a home is the only way to ensure your health and safety. A 48-hour Continuous Radon Monitor test is typically used during a real estate transaction, when time is limited. Our inspector is Certified by the National Radon Proficiency Program (NRPP), as a Radon Measurement Provider. We use only the most highly respected and accurate electronic radon monitoring equipment, also used by the Federal Government and State and Radon Testing professionals.
The benefits of a Continuous Radon Monitor are the accuracy of the testing, the ability to see hourly readings and determine if the test has been tampered with. (The machines not only record radon levels, but also changes in air pressure, temperature changes and movement, which can indicate that the test has been tampered with.) The report will detail the radon level each hour of the 48-hour period, as well as show you the average radon level overall. We believe this is the most accurate way to determine radon levels in such a short time.
The following information has been compiled to help you understand key radon issues before deciding if you should order a radon test:
What is radon?
Radon is a radioactive gas. It is colorless, odorless, tasteless, and chemically inert. Unless you test for it, there is no way of telling how much is present.
Radon is formed by the natural radioactive decay of uranium in rock, soil, and water. Naturally existing, low levels of uranium occur widely in Earth's crust. It can be found in all 50 states. Once produced, radon moves through the ground to the air above. Some remains below the surface and dissolves in water that collects and flows under the ground's surface
Why should I test a home for radon?
Radon is widely believed to be the second leading cause of lung cancer. Therefore, the EPA and the Surgeon General recommend testing for radon in all homes below the third floor.
Radon has been found in homes all over the United States, regardless of radon zone. Any home can have a radon problem. On average, one out of every fifteen U.S. homes have a problem. The only way to know whether or not your home has a radon problem is to test for it.
What should I do with my radon test results?
If the radon test is 4 pCi/L or greater, the EPA recommends the potential buyer negotiate with the seller to have a radon mitigation system installed with the stated goal of bringing the radon level in the home below 4 pCi/L.
For more information on Radon Gas, please visit:
Environmental Protection Agency's Home Buyer's and Seller's Guide to Radon.