According to the EPA Radon levels in the New Orleans area are low. Testing for radon is not common because of this however the EPA recommends testing. It is a simple and inexpensive test and something to discuss with your Home Inspector and / or making a decision for yourself if you feel it is something you want to check out. To click through to local information in the State of Louisiana please click here.
Per the Environmental Protection Agency:
- All homes should test for radon, regardless of geographic location or zone designation. How do I test my home?
- There are many thousands of individual homes with elevated radon levels in Zone 2 and 3. Elevated levels can be found in Zone 2 and Zone 3 counties.
- EPA also recommends that this map be supplemented with any available local data in order to further understand and predict the radon potential of a specific area. For more information, contact your state radon coordinator. Click Here for a US map (where you can select your state) to see if your state has more detailed information available.
- The map should not be used in lieu of testing during real estate transactions.
The Map was developed using five factors to determine radon potential: 1) indoor radon measurements; 2) geology; 3) aerial radioactivity; 4) soil permeability; and 5) foundation type. Radon potential assessment is based on geologic provinces. Radon Index Matrix is the quantitative assessment of radon potential. Confidence Index Matrix shows the quantity and quality of the data used to assess radon potential. Geologic Provinces were adapted to county boundaries for the Map of Radon Zones.
About the Map
EPA’s Map of Radon Zones assigns each of the 3,141 counties in the U.S. to one of three zones based on radon potential.
What do the colors mean?
||Zone 1 counties have a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (picocuries per liter) (red zones)||Highest Potential|
||Zone 2 counties have a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L(orange zones)||Moderate Potential|
||Zone 3 counties have a predicted average indoor radon screening level less than 2 pCi/L (yellow zones)||Low Potential|
Click on the image for a full page printable version
EPA Map of Radon Zones (PDF) (1 page, 379 K, about PDF)
Test Your Home for Radon — It’s Easy and Inexpensive
The U.S. Surgeon General and EPA recommend that all homes be tested. Read about radon health risks.
Fix your home if you have a radon level of 4 pCi/L or more.
You can test your home yourself or hire a professional. Find a radon service professional near you.
If you have further questions about Radon, please call your State Radon Contact.