Radon is a naturally occurring
radioactive gas found in soils, rock, and water throughout the U.S. Radon causes lung cancer, and is a threat to health because
it tends to collect in homes, sometimes to very high concentrations.
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How can radon affect people's health?
Radon gas is a toxic gas that seeps into homes through the foundations. And it doesn't
matter if your home is built on a basement, crawlspace or a slab, this deadly gas can seep in and it doesn't matter if it's
brand new construction or a 50 year old home.
It's estimated that Radon Gas kills 24,000 Americans each and every year. As a matter of fact, Radon Gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer, only
second to cigarette smoking.
The good news is that Radon Gas can be detected with a simple test and if the
home you're purchasing has elevated levels of Radon Gas, it can be easily fixed.The key to the issue is Getting A Radon Test. Then you know if the problem exists and
if so, to what degree.
know that I personally would not live in a home in Georgia that had not been tested for Radon Gas!
Atlanta is located in the EPA's Highest Radon Zones - Zone 1.
Not many people, including most Real Estate Professionals, are aware of this issue.
How do I know if there is radon in my home?
You cannot see, feel, smell, or taste radon. Testing your home is the only way to know if
you and your family are at risk from radon. The EPA and the Surgeon General recommend testing for radon in all rooms below
the third floor.
Radon testing is inexpensive and easy--it should only take a few minutes of your time. Millions
of Americans have already tested their homes for radon.
What can I do to protect myself and my family from radon?
The first step is to test your home for radon, and have it fixed if it is at or above EPA's Action Level of 4
picocuries per liter. You may want to take action if the levels are in the range of 2-4 picocuries per liter. Generally,
levels can be brought below 2 pCi/l fairly simply.
The best method for reducing radon in your home will depend
on how radon enters your home and the design of your home. For example, sealing cracks in floors and walls may help
to reduce radon. There are also systems that remove radon from the crawl space or from beneath the concrete floor or
basement slab that are effective at keeping radon from entering your home. These systems are simple and don't require major
changes to your home. Other methods may be necessary.