What is Radon?
Radon comes from the natural breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water.
The release of this radioactive gas enters the air you breathe, causing a potential health risk to you and your family.
Radon gas can be found in just about anywhere. It can get into any type of building -- homes, offices, and schools -- and build up to high levels.
What you should know about Radon
Radon is a cancer causing radioactive gas.
Radon is not visible, you cannot see it, smell it, or even taste it, but it may be a problem in your home. You can increase your risk of getting cancer by breathing in air containing radon. In fact, even the Surgeon General has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer.
Should you test for radon?
Even new home construction are finding high levels of radon, the only way to find out about your home's radon level. The EPA and the Surgeon General strongly recommend testing of all homes below the third floor for radon.
Radon problems can be fixed.
High radon levels can be properly mitigated to acceptable levels. The EPA recommends that you use a certified or state licensed radon tester to perform the test. If elevated levels are found it is recommended that these levels be reduced. In most cases, a professional can accomplish this at reasonable cost or homeowner installed mitigation system that adheres to the EPA's approved methods for reduction of radon in a residential structure.
Considering buying a home.
Prior to the purchase of your home, the EPA recommends that you obtain a radon test to identify the level of radon in the home you are considering buying. An EPA publication "The Home Buyer's and Seller's Guide" is available through most State Health Departments or Regional EPA offices listed in your local phone book.
What are the Risk Factors?
The EPA, Surgeon General and The Center for Disease Control, have all agreed that continued exposure to Radon gas can cause lung cancer.
In fact, there position on the matter is that all homes should be tested for radon gas exposure, and all homes testing over 4 pCi/L should be fixed.
How Does Radon Enter the Home?
Typically the air pressure inside your home is lower than the pressure in the soil around your home's foundation.
Due to this difference, your house acts like a vacuum, drawing radon gas in through foundation cracks and other openings of your home.
Radon may also be present in well water and can be released into the air in your home when water is used for showering and other household uses.
Potential Entry Points:
Through the inside of exterior wall.
Cracks in the basement floor or monolithic slab
Small penetrations in the walls
Well supplied water
Gaps in suspended floors
Unsealed penetrations around service pipes
How Do You Fix Your Home If There Is Elevated Levels of Radon?
The Good news is, "Almost every home can be fixed with the proper installation of a certified Mitigation System" by a Qualified Licensed Contractor in the State of Georgia. Families are living comfortable and safely with a properly installed mitigation system.