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Radon Testing

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Did you know this about Radon?

  • It is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers.
  • It is the most requested environmental inspection during real estate transactions.

What is Radon?

Radon is a radioactive gaseous element produced in the disintegration of radium, a radioactive metallic element. It cannot be detected by the senses and can be confirmed only by sophisticated instruments and laboratory tests. The gas enters a house through pores and cracks in the concrete or through floorboards of poorly ventilated crawlspaces, especially when wet ground allows the gas to escape easily through the soil and disperse in the atmosphere.

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Why is it a Problem?

Radon is a lung carcinogen: the National Academy of Sciences estimates radon causes some 15,000 to 22,000 lung cancer deaths annually. The U.S. Surgeon General and the EPA recommend all houses be tested for radon. Houses with high radon levels can be fixed.  -Excerpts from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Indoor Radon.

You can’t smell it or taste it, but radon, a naturally occurring gas, can seep into basements and other areas of the home, eventually accumulating to dangerous levels. You should most certainly consider radon testing when buying a new home.

The U.S. Surgeon General, Environmental Protection Agency, and the American Cancer Society all recommend that every home be tested for radon. Our advice: call us for radon testing at your home!

Is Radon a Problem in Georgia?

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What do the colors mean?

Red ZonesZone 1 counties have a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (picocuries per liter)Highest Potential
Orange ZonesZone 2 counties have a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/LModerate Potential
Yellow ZonesZone 3 counties have a predicted average indoor radon screening level less than 2 pCi/LLow Potential

 Any reading of 4 pCi/L and above can be deadly. Please don’t ignore this very real threat.

 

What should I do as a homeowner or potential homeowner?

If you are a homeowner in Atlanta, and you don’t know the radon levels in your home, the obvious answer is that you need a radon test. True View Inspections will be happy to perform a radon test for you. We use Sun Nuclear professional radon measurement equipment.

How much does a radon test cost?

With Home Inspection $100-$150 Depending on location of home
Radon Test alone, without Home Inspection $300

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