Apartment Radon Testing
Before, we've created a blog about radon testing and mitigation for tenants. That was aimed more towards single family homes. When it comes to apartment buildings that can complicate things. For example the EPA recommends that any unit below the third floor be tested for radon because they are much more likely to have high levels since they are closer to ground level.
Though radon can be circulated throughout entire buildings so if you are concerned, it doesn't hurt to test. You can order a free test kit through the state website and then at that point you can contact your apartment manager to discuss any elevated levels. It is the right of the tenant to be provided safe and healthy living conditions.
To get a more accurate read on the radon levels throughout the building, it might also be a good idea to contact some of your neighbors and have them do tests as well. Whenever we professionally test multi-family buildings, we have to leave multiple tests, especially on the ground floor.
There are grants for radon mitigation that your landlord can use if levels do come back elevated and they can also contact the state office to figure out the next necessary steps.
We just recently worked on a unit in Stow, OH that had an existing system and the apartment manager was very proactive in getting the required work completed, so don't be afraid to ask, they are there for you!
If you have any further questions, the EPA has "A Radon Guide for Tenants" where you can find more information.