According to the EPA, Radon is a cancer-causing, radioactive gas which is created from the breakdown of uranium in the soil, rocks, and water surrounding a home. It is a gas that cannot be seen, tasted, or smelled. This is what makes it so hazardous, and a lot of people don't think that it is in their home because of the fact that it is practically invisible to all of the senses. Radon is found in every state in the U.S., and it can effect all types of buildings, including: homes, schools, government buildings, hospitals, libraries, stores, and so on. However, research has shown that the most likely place that a person is going to be exposed to the gas in high concentrations is in their own home.
How Does Radon Get Into My Home?
After the gas is created in the soil, rocks, or water surrounding your home, it can easily get inside through any cracks in the foundation walls or floors, or it could seep in through your basement windows if they don't have a tight seal. The gas is also known the come up through floor drains, which are often installed as a means of keeping a basement safe from flooding in some older homes. Radon can also get into the home through the water supply, although it is not as common as through the air.
What Health Problems Can it Cause?
Exposure to Radon gas can cause cancer over the long term. In fact, it is known as the leading cause of lung cancer in individuals who don't smoke. If you are a smoker, you are at an even greater risk of developing the cancer if there are harmful levels of this gas found inside your home.
What Symptoms Should I Be on the Lookout For Which May Indicate a Problem?
Unfortunately, there are not any basic health problems you can be on the lookout for since there aren't any short-term effects of the gas. The damage takes places after exposure for many years. You aren't likely to experience ANY symptoms, and this makes it even more important to be sure that you get your home tested.
Could the Gas Get into My Newly-Built Home?
Yes, it doesn't matter how old or new your home is, the gas can still get in just the same as if the house were 10 years old or 100 years old.
What are "Acceptable" Levels of Radon Gas?
The EPA states that the Radon levels in a home should be less than 4 pCi/L. pCi/L stands for pico curies per liter. It is the most popular method used to measure and report the levels of the gas inside of a building.
Should I Have a Home Tested if I am Thinking of Buying it?
Yes, it is a good idea to have the home tested to see if you need to get a mitigation system installed.
How Do You Test for Radon?
At Radon Testing Atlanta, we make use of RadaLink products. These help us to quickly and accurately assess the radon levels inside of your home. If they are too high, we can recommend a mitigation company in your area to take care of the removal work.
Where Can I Get More Information About Radon in My Area?
Radon Program: Georgia Dept. of Community Affairs, website: http://www.dca.ga.gov/
Radon Program Coordinator: Adriane Wood, firstname.lastname@example.org, 478-319-0433
Georgia Radon Hotline: 1-800-ASK-UGA1 (1-800-275-8421), website: http://www.ugaradon.org/
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