When it comes to Radon levels in your Atlanta area home, there isn't really any "safe" level other than no Radon gas at all. However, that isn't exactly realistic. The EPA has said that lowering your exposure to elevated levels of the gas is of extreme importance. The average person will receive most of their exposure to the gas from within their own home, although it is possible for any building to be infiltrated, including schools, hospitals, your place of employment, and so on.
Depending on where a person lives in the U.S., the average outside Radon levels are typically around 0.4 pCi/L in most areas. Outside exposure to the gas has been reported to cause roughly 800 of the 21,000 Radon-induced lung cancer deaths each year. Needless to say, if you are exposed to even more of the gas inside of your home, your odds of developing the cancer increase. Lung cancer risks rise 16% per every 2.7 pCi/L increase in exposure.
What is an Acceptable Level of Radon in a Home?
The EPA has set an action level of 4 pCi/L in a home. If the levels in your home are at or above this level, then action will be needed to lower the levels immediately. This doesn't mean that if your home's levels are below the action level, then you shouldn't worry. As mentioned above, any amount of the gas can be dangerous, and you should be taking precautionary measures to be sure that the levels continue to remain at a low level. This may mean that a mitigation system will need to be installed.
When it comes to Radon levels testing in your home, we make use of RadaLink products. These products will help us to quickly and precisely measure the levels of the gas inside of your home. We can also offer a discounted re-test should the level be higher than the EPA action level, which is recommended prior to having a mitigation system installed. An average of the two tests is used to determine what to do next.
Threat of Radon Gas
Whenever you have dangerous levels of Radon gas in your home, it can eventually lead to serious health problems for you and your family, including lung cancer. In fact, it is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smoking individuals. Since the gas is odorless, tasteless, and colorless, it is not easily detected by the homeowner until it's too late and damage has already been done. Unlike carbon monoxide, which can cause headaches, nausea, and vomiting, Radon doesn't have any short-term health effects. Over the long term, however, your exposure to the gas will add up and it could potentially be damaging to your health.
To learn more about getting your home tested, please call Radon Testing Atlanta today or fill out our online contact form.