Radon Testing

Why Your Home Should Be Tested For Radon

What Is Radon?

Radon is a cancer-causing radioactive gas present in EVERY home. The radon level is unknown without testing because radon is colorless, odorless, and tasteless. Radon originates from the radioactive elements uranium and radium present in soil, entering through the home’s foundation.

Why Test For Radon?

  • #1 cause of lung cancer among non-smokers according to the EPA
  • Radon kills ~20,000 Americans each year… more than drunk drivers
  • EPA and Surgeon General say every home should be tested
  • World Health Organization says it causes up to 15% of lung cancers
  • According to the EPA, Fulton, Cobb, Gwinnett, and Dekalb counties have the highest predicted radon levels.  See map below.
  • Radon levels cannot be determined without testing
  • To determine if mitigation is required and have the seller pay for this work.

How Do We Test for Radon?

  • A radon monitor samples the air hourly for at least 48 hours
    (readings below 4.0 pCi/L are desirable)
  • Testing is not obtrusive to the homeowner
  • Normal entry / exit is allowed, but doors and windows cannot be left open
  • Monitors are calibrated yearly per the manufacturer’s recommendations
  • Results available on the same day the test ends. . . no lab time required

What if Radon Levels Are High?

  • Radon mitigation is relatively simple and offers a permanent solution
  • Mitigation systems collect and exhaust radon gas before it enters the home
  • Typical mitigation costs are approximately $2000

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Radon Map of Georgia