How Radon Gas can enter a structure
Do I need a Radon Inspection and Radon Testing?
Whether you’re moving into a new home or are just concerned about the safety of your current home - radon testing is very advisable.
Radon Gas is produced from rocks, soil and water; therefore, it’s more prominent in the North Georgia and Atlanta areas due to the fact they’re such mountainous region. Radon gas is a poisonous substance that’s created when uranium breaks down into a gas. This gas can then seep through small cracks and holes of your home’s foundation.
All homes have Radon Gas in them, but without Radon Testing you don’t know if the levels in your home are critical and dangerous to your family.
If you are looking to purchase a home, you should have you home tested by a certified Georgia Radon Inspector, especially in the Dekalb, Fulton, and Gwinnett county areas as they are known to have elevated radon levels. Since you cannot see, taste, or smell radon gases, the only way to know what a structure’s radon level is to have it professionally tested. The Surgeon General suggests having radon tested every 2 years since soil configurations can change over time and building joints can open over time allowing gases that the soil produces to bypass the structures mitigation system.
If you’re looking to purchase a home, or it has been several years since you had your last Radon test you should have your home tested by a certified Georgia Radon Inspector, especially in the northern counties because they are known to have elevated Radon levels.
What Is The Radon Test Procedure?
A radon inspection is a simple procedure where a short-term test (48 hours) is performed in the home. A detector will be set-up where it will take hourly readings. Please note that the radon testing area site must not be disturbed during the test. Mill Creek Environmental will provide a report of the average reading over a 48 hour period and indicate if there are any elevated radon levels detected. If there is a radon issue, a certified contractor will need to be contacted to mitigate the situation. It is a good idea for the Radon Inspection Company to be different from the radon remediation company.
Why Is Radon Testing Important?
If enough radon gas is inhaled over an extended period, it can cause lung cancer. This is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers. Per US EPA, nearly 1 out of every 15 homes in the United States is estimated to have an elevated radon level. In fact, all federally-backed mortgages will require radon testing before closing in the near future.
What are the Radon Symptoms After Exposure?
Unfortunately, there aren’t many short-term health-related radon symptoms after exposure. Normally after years of radon exposure, however you’ll start to exhibit the similar symptoms to those suffering from lung cancer caused from smoking.
Radon Symptoms include:
- A Persistent Cough
- Coughing up blood
- Shortness of breath
- Recurrent Infections
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