Radon. Get Your Home Tested.

Written by Posted On Wednesday, 19 March 2014 16:42

For those of us who got through high school and maybe college Chemistry by the skin of our teeth, we may not be experts on poisonous gases. Never in a million years, as a first time home-buyer, would I have thought to have my home tested for Radon before I made the purchase. Now, it's a daily routine for home inspectors worldwide. First and foremost....what exactly is this Radon that has created such a hype? 

What the HECK is Radon? 

Well, in a nutshell, Radon is a poisonous gas that comes from soil, rock and even water. When Uranium is broken down, a gas is produced that can, at certain levels, be toxic to inhale. This gas enters homes through cracks and holes in the home's foundation. 

Why Is Radon Deadly? 

Radon gas, if inhaled at high enough levels for long enough, can cause lung cancer. So, basically, Radon is a cancer-causing gas. Scary...I know. Now, here are the scary facts: 

Radon is estimated to cause about 21,000 lung cancer deaths per year, according to EPA's 2003 Assessment of Risks from Radon in Homes (EPA 402-R-03-003)

What are the Odds? 

So, what are the odds of living in a house with elevated Radon levels you may ask? Well, according to the US EPA, "Nearly 1 out of every 15 homes in the United States is estimated to have an elevated radon level (4 pCi/L or more)."

Holy Crud!!! So, basically, the EPA is saying that you have a 7% chance of living in a home with toxic Radon fumes. That's 7% higher than I would want to chance. 

But...the good thing about all of this, is that a Radon problem can be fixed. 

How to Test and Fix the Problem

The EPA suggests testing all floors of home below the third for Radon gases. ESPECIALLY the basement. You can either hire a professional home inspector or a more specific Radon testing company...or, go to your local Lowes or Home Depot store and purchase a DIY kit for around twenty bucks. Either way, the results seem to be accurate. In my experience that is. 

Now...how on earth do you get that nasty gas out of your home? I'm glad you asked. There are a few different ways, but, this guide will tell you everything you need to know for Radon removal: http://www.epa.gov/radon/pubs/consguid.html

Moral of This Radon Story

So, if you are planning on buying or selling a home..PLEASE have the home tested for Radon. There are more homes in our area that are harboring this poisonous gas, especially in Fulton and Gwinnett Counties. check out this local site to get more information: 


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Emily Benner - Path & Post Real Estate

Emily is a proven real estate professional with a depth of experience only surpassed by her passion to create amazing client experiences. By focusing on each client's unique needs and concerns she is able to leverage persistence, dedication, and compassion to help buyers find their path to the right home. Emily is a proactive guide along the journey and has a keen awareness of how to win the game of contracts for her clients. She is a North Atlanta resident and has a degree from Kennesaw State University. When she is not acting as a strategic guide, you can find Emily seeking a new town or campsite to explore with her two teenagers. Emily also enjoys horseback riding and supporting the communities she serves via various charities benefiting kids with cancer.


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