Our West Virginia Eastern Panhandle area has karst geology (cracked limestone) which allows radon gas to travel easily towards the surface, sometimes finding its way into basements and homes with crawlspaces through cracks and holes in the foundation and floor. Radon is an inert carcinogenic gas that, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), is hazardous to inhale. Radon comes from the natural breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water and gets into the air you breathe. The EPA recommends testing all homes for radon and there are ways to fix a radon problem if elevated levels are found. Last year over 45% of the hundreds of homes we tested had an elevated radon level. Have us test your home and find out if the level needs to be reduced.
Radon can also enter a home through well water. If elevated radon levels are found in the home, the radon level in the well water may be increasing the levels in the home. We can sample the water supply and have a Certified Laboratory test the radon level.
EPA Map of West Virginia Radon Zones*
What do the colors mean?
Zone 1 RED: Highest potential of elevated indoor radon – Level greater than 4 pCi/L (picocuries per liter)
Zone 2 ORANGE: Average potential of indoor radon level – Between 2 and 4 pCi/L
Zone 3 YELLOW: Lower potential of indoor radon level – Less than 2 pCi/L
*This map is not intended to be used to determine if a home in a given zone has elevated levels of radon. Thousands of homes with elevated levels of radon have been found in all zones. All homes should be tested for radon, regardless of geographic location or zone designation.