Illinois Radon Information
Illinois Radon Program:Radon Website: Website
Radon Contact: Patrick Daniels
Active Radon Program: Yes
Require License for Radon Professionals: Yes
Considered by many to be a microcosm of the entire country, Illinois is the 25th most expansive state and the fifth most populous. The state also has a very commendable Radon program, dedicated to educating citizens about the risks associated with the deadly gas. According to the Illinois Radon program, 118,447 homes across the state were tested and more than 41 percent were found to have elevated levels above the recommended action point. Furthermore, the U.S. IEMA estimates nearly 1,200 Illinois citizens die from radon-related lung cancer each year. Long story short, it’s a pretty serious problem throughout the entire country – let alone just one state. You can find more information on Radon, testing and mitigation at the official Illinois government page.
As you can see by the information listed above, the radon levels in the state of Illinois are above average. That means there’s an increased risk for all homeowners, which is why we recommend testing exposure levels at least twice a year.
Illinois Radon Mitigation and Testing
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Illinois Radon Mitigation
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Illinois Radon Testing
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Illinois Radon Levels
Zone 1 (1): Potential for radon levels above 4 pCi/L according to EPA
Zone 2 (2): Potential for radon levels between 2 pCi/L and 4 pCi/L according to the EPA
Zone 3 (3): Lowest EPA level with expected radon levels at or below 2 pCi/L
Disclaimer: It is strongly recommended that all households, schools and office spaces test radon levels individually. The EPA Radon Zone data is not an indicator of individual test results, but a guideline for strategic planning. Toxic radon levels can be found in all counties, regardless of their zone rating. While we make efforts to keep this information up to date, it is derived from thirdparty sources which may not be accurate or reflect the most current statistics.
Illinois Radon Statistics
Illinois has 102 counties and 56 (55%) have been assigned Zone 1 counties by the EPA. Zone 1 counties have the highest potential to have homes test higher than 4 pCi/L. Illinois's state radon zone average is 1.48, which is the average of all county zone ratings the EPA has assigned the state, ranking it 16 among all states.
Illinois Radon Contractor License Information
Does Illinois require contractors to be licensed? Yes.
What are the licensing requirements?
- Interested parties must first complete an IEMA approved qualification course.
- After passing the course, said party must then take and pass the state of Illinois licensing examination.
- Finally, the interested parties must then file an application, pay necessary fees and provide personal items as per Section 422.60 of 32 Illinois Administrative Code 422.
Illinois Radon Real Estate Requirements
Does the state of Illinois require radon testing for all real estate transactions? No
However both the state of Illinois and the EPA recommend that a home or residence should be tested before a real estate transaction is carried out. Even though Illinois does not require radon testing, we certainly recommend you have a test performed before you purchase a home. If you decide to perform a test after and find elevated levels, there is no reason to panic. Illinois radon mitigation is not expensive compared to the dangers and a system can be implemented in a relatively short period of time.