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Radon Exposure

When a person is exposed to Radon gas over many years, it could potentially cause the development of lung cancer. It has been researched and proven that the leading cause of lung cancer in individuals who don't smoke is exposure to elevated levels of this deadly gas. Unfortunately, most Atlanta homeowners go for years ignoring this lurking problem because it is an odorless, tasteless, and colorless gas. The only way to know for sure whether you have it or not is to get your home professionally-tested by our team of trained experts.

Radon Levels

There aren't any really "safe" Radon levels. Exposure to any amount of the gas over a long period of time can be dangerous. However, lowering the amount of gas found in your home is something that can easily be done, and lowering the amount of gas also lowers your risks of developing dangerous cancers. The EPA recommends that the levels in your home should be less than 4.0 pCi/L. This is known as the "action level," and any amount above this should be dealt with immediately.

Take a look below at the helpful tables that the EPA has put together for Radon risks in people who smoke vs people who don't smoke.

Radon Risk If You Smoke

Radon Level If 1,000 people who smoked were exposed to this level over a lifetime... The risk of cancer from Radon exposure compares to... What to Do: Stop smoking and...
20 pCi/L About 260 people could get lung cancer 250 times the risk of drowning Lower Radon levels
10 pCi/L About 150 people could get lung cancer 200 times the risk of dying in a home fire Lower Radon levels
8 pCi/L About 120 people could get lung cancer 30 times the risk of dying in a fall Lower Radon levels
4 pCi/L About 62 people could get lung cancer 5 times the risk of dying in a car crash Lower Radon levels
2 pCi/L About 32 people could get lung cancer 6 times the risk of dying from poison Be sure that Radon levels are between 2 and 4 pCi/L
1.3 pCi/L About 20 people could get lung cancer (Average indoor Radon level) Reducing levels below this level can be difficult
0.4 pCi/L About 3 people could get lung cancer (Average outdoor Radon level) Reducing levels below this level can be difficult

Radon Risk If You've Never Smoked

Radon Level If 1,000 people who never smoked were exposed to this level over a lifetime...* The risk of cancer from Radon exposure compares to...** What to Do:
20 pCi/L About 36 people could get lung cancer 35 times the risk of drowning Lower Radon levels
10 pCi/L About 18 people could get lung cancer 20 times the risk of dying in a home fire Lower Radon levels
8 pCi/L About 15 people could get lung cancer 4 times the risk of dying in a fall Lower Radon levels
4 pCi/L About 7 people could get lung cancer The risk of dying in a car crash Lower Radon levels
2 pCi/L About 4 people could get lung cancer The risk of dying from poison Be sure Radon levels are kept between 2 and 4 pCi/L
1.3 pCi/L About 2 people could get lung cancer (Average indoor Radon level) Reducing levels below this level can be difficult
0.4 pCi/L   (Average outdoor Radon level) Reducing levels below this level can be difficult

*Lifetime risk of lung cancer deaths is from an EPA Assessment

**Comparison data calculated from the CDC

How Does Radon Get Into My Home?

If you take a look at the image below from the EPA, you will be able to see all the pathways in which this dangerous gas is able to get into your family's Atlanta area home:

How Radon Enters Your Home

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