Excessive Radon gas in people’s homes is the 2nd leading cause of lung cancer behind smoking in the United States. Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that seeps through the earth and originates from the natural breakdown of uranium in bedrock, soil and water (but mostly rock). No one can see, smell or taste Radon. It releases up from the ground, through the structure (concrete) and into the air of everyone’s home, just at different levels depending on location. All areas of Georgia are at risk to Radon exposure. Radon is found in any types of buildings including; homes, offices, and schools. Since most people spent the majority of their time in their home, Radon exposure risk is greatest there.
Thankfully, due to modern technology we have monitor detectors that can test for and determine if your home has higher than normal levels of Radon gas. The EPA and surgeon general recommend testing all homes with basements or if that have 3 levels. A continuous radon monitor (CRM) records the radon level measured each hour for a minimum of 48 hours, as required by the EPA. This information is downloaded and a report and chart is generated showing the results. If elevated Radon gas levels are discovered in your home, the installation of a Radon remediation system will be recommended to achieve acceptable Radon levels through proper venting equipment. Radon levels of in excess of 4 picocuries per liter (4 pCI/L) are considered elevated and dangerous. When your test results are just below 4 pCi/L, you still should consider calling a radon mitigation company.
It’s easier and less expensive to test for Radon at the time of the inspection, rather than later after closing. Besides you need the information about Radon gas in your home during the due diligence period in case you need to negotiate the cost of remediation. For more information about Radon gas or to schedule your Radon test, Contact Conley Home Inspections, LLC Today!