Radon Testing Atlanta
According to the Surgeon General's Office, nearly 20,000 lung cancer deaths are caused from Radon gas each year - and approximately 800 of those deaths are in Georgia. This dangerous soil gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer behind smoking and the use of tobacco-based products. For this reason, you should get your Atlanta home's Radon levels tested to determine if you have harmful levels of the gas in your home.
U.S. Surgeon General Health Advisory
"Indoor radon gas is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the United States and breathing it over prolonged periods can present a significant health risk to families all over the country. It's important to know that this threat is completely preventable. Radon can be detected with a simple test and fixed through well-established venting techniques."
We make use of Radalink products which will accurately be able to tell us the amount of the gas in the air of your home. Anything 4.0 pCi/L or above is considered the "action level" by the EPA, but it is important to understand that NO level of the gas is considered safe. Radon testing is the only way you can know for sure what your home's levels are. Mitigation is simple and affordable, and having a system in place that is installed by a professional will only help you with future real estate transactions, in addition to improving your family's overall health and safety in the home.
There aren't any immediate symptoms or warning signs of the gas and harmful levels may go un-detected for years. Elevated Radon levels have been found in every state of the U.S. The EPA states that nearly 8 million homes in the country have elevated levels of this soil gas. Is your home one of them?
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|
What is Radon?
It is a hazardous gas which is created from the breakdown of uranium in the soil. The gas cannot be seen, smelled, or tasted, so many people might not know that it is a threat. This gas is a highly radioactive element that was first discovered by Ernest Rutherford back in 1899. It is colorless and nearly 9x denser than air. It is fairly soluble in water, and this means that it is also possible for the water around your home to be contaminated with the gas.
Radon is able to get into your home through cracks and crevices in the foundation walls or basement floor. It then seeps up and eventually makes its way into the main living area of your home. Your family breathes in the contaminated air, and it may eventually cause health problems for them when there is significant exposure.
The Consumer's Guide to Radon From the EPA
As a homeowner, it's important for you to understand that even doing a DIY test is better than nothing. However, a test from a certified professional in the business with state-of-the-art equipment is always preferred. Many Radon testers in Georgia are not certified, and although Georgia does not currently require certification, we feel it is an extremely important qualification. To learn more about this dangerous gas in your home, how to reduce it, and how to live with a reduction system, please visit the EPA's site.
Learn More About Radon Gas
We love educating realtors and others about Radon gas, and are available to give presentations at monthly sales meetings or other events. Please contact us for scheduling.
About the Tests
The Radalink products we use will take measurements of the air every hour for 48 hours. The testing can be done with little to no disruption to your family's daily routine. We deliver the results directly and electronically to you.
Contact Us for an Appointment
For more information about our testing services, or to schedule a time for an appointment, please feel free to give us a call today or fill out our online contact form.