Radon Testing Services
We provide our home radon analysis using the most reliable method available. A full 48 hour test using an electronic continuous radon monitor. Our radon services are offered both as an add on to our standard home inspection and as a stand alone service.
What is Radon?
Radon is a radioactive gas, that you can't see, touch, taste, or smell. It comes from the natural breakdown of Uranium in rock, soil, and water and gets into the air we breathe.
1 in 6 homes in the Atlanta area could have elevated levels (see map below).
Why is Radon a Health Concern?
Radon gas decays into radioactive particles that can get trapped in your lungs as you breath. As they break down further, these particles release small bursts of energy. This can damage lung tissue and lead to lung cancer over the course of your lifetime. According to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency)
Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S.
It is the number one cause of lung cancer in non-smokers
About 21,000 people die each year from lung cancer due to radon
How is a Radon Test Performed?
Radon levels are measured using a continuous radon monitor. This is an electronic meter that takes hourly measurements of the radon levels over a 48-hour period. These readings are then averaged to obtain the final test results which are available immediately.
For the test to be valid, all doors and windows in the house must be kept closed (except for normal entry and exit) for the duration of the test and for a minimum of 12 hours before starting the test. This is to ensure the test is measuring the worst case condition.
How Does Radon Enter The Home?
Radon typically moves up through the ground to the air above and into your home through cracks and other holes in the foundation. Radon can also enter your home through well water. Your home can trap radon inside. Any home can have a radon problem.
The EPA recommends:
If you are buying a home or selling your home, have it tested for radon.
For a new home, ask if radon-resistant construction features were used and if the home has been tested.
Fix the home if the radon level is 4 picoCuries per liter (pCi/L) or higher.
Radon levels less than 4 pCi/L still pose a risk, and in many cases, may be reduced.