Is Radon a problem in Clark County?
In Indiana, close to 1 in 4 homes tested found elevated radon levels.
Counties in Indiana are ranked as having a low, moderate or high
potential for radon. Clark County is ranked as having the highest
expected average radon levels.
What should I do?
All homes in Clark County should be tested for radon. The US
Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) and the Surgeon General
recommend testing all homes for radon. The
quickest way to test is with short-term tests. Tests remain in a home
for one to three days, depending on the device. Because radon levels
tend to vary from day to day and season to season, a short-term test is
less likely than a long-term test to tell the year-round average radon
level. If results are needed quickly, a short-term test followed by a
second short-term test may be used to decide whether to fix a home.
Long-term tests remain in a home for more than 90 days. A long-term test
will give a more accurate reading that is likely to be closer to the
home's year-round average radon level than a short-term test.
Radon problems are not usually costly to fix. In most cases, vent
pipes and fans are used to lower the radon levels in a home. A new
home can be constructed to be "radon proof", and will add about
$300-$500 to the cost of a newly constructed home.
For information on getting a free radon test kit from the American Lung
For more information about radon and certified mitigation specialist
in your area visit the Indiana State Department of Health
Radiologic Health (IRH) program.