Radon testing is the only way to know if you and your family are at risk from radon. The EPA and the Surgeon General recommend radon testing all homes below the third floor.
You cannot predict radon levels based on state, local, or neighborhood radon measurements. Do not rely on radon test results taken in other homes in the neighborhood to estimate the radon level in your home. Homes which are next to each other can have different radon levels.
Ocala and the surrounding areas have a wide range of Radon levels. Radon testing is the only way to determine your home's radon level.
A Do-it-yourself kit is less money, but is it worth it? To get accurate results with DIY Radon testing, a non-professional must precisely follow the directions. Other factors including severe weather and shipping delays may also affect the results. You may not know if the test was tampered with or if closed house test conditions were met. Would you be satisfied that your family is safe?
Steve, a licensed measurement professional, uses a CRM (Continuous Radon Monitor) that takes measurements every hour. Instead of getting one result with a DIY test, you get 48 hourly measurements that are averaged to get your final result. The CRM radon test also measures temperature and humidity and has sensors to detect tampering. All this information is analyzed by a state certified Radon specialist to ensure test accuracy of your radon inspection.
At the time this was written, Radon Mitigation prices in Ocala and Marion county were in the $1500 - $2000 range (please verify for yourself). These systems are incredibly efficient at bringing your Radon levels down to acceptable levels. Weigh this against the EPA's estimated 21,000 radon related deaths per year. It's a small price to pay to ensure your family is safe.