Radon facts and information from the Atlanta Home Inspector

Radon house

Did you know…

  • “Radon is a world-wide health risk in homes” -World Health Organization
  • “Cumulative radon exposure is a significant risk factor for lung cancer in women” – Heartland Radon Research and Education Program
  • “Nearly 1 out of every 15 homes in the U.S. is estimated to have elevated radon levels” – Environmental Protection Agency

What is Radon?

  • Toxic Radioactive gas
  • Cannot be seen, felt, smelled or  tasted
  • Produced from decay of uranium and radium—uranium is  prevalent in the earth’s crust, as well as, soil, water,  and rock
  • Inhalation is the main route of radon into the body
  • Measured in picocuries, which  tell how many radioactive atoms in  a particular collection of atoms are giving off radiation— in other words—how much radon is in your home’s air
  • Radon can be mitigated

 

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When you tell your client about the importance of testing, you are not only providing peace of mind, but quite possibly saving a life!

 

 

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Radon test in progress

The question isn’t ,”Do I have radon”, the question is, “is my radon level elevated or not” .

What is radon and why should knowing about it be an important issue? The Atlanta home inspector wants to make sure that clients understand the importance of testing their homes for elevated radon levels.  It is worth the time and cost to your family if elevated levels are detected. Whether you are buying, selling or just need a routine inspection service, consider adding a test to check the levels in your home.

The EPA has set standards to gauge what is considered a threatening level of radon in the home. Radon is a radioactive, colorless, odorless, tasteless gas that exists as a by- product of urnanium or thorium.  It occurs naturally and is present everywhere.Measured in picocuries, which is the scientific term meaning a unit of radioactivity broken down to a decay rate of 2.2 disintegrations per minute… or how much radioactivity is emitted. The standard amount EPA has set is 4 pCi per liter.  If your test results are 4 or above, a qualified Radon Mitigator should be contacted to help you lower the levels.

Radon causes cancer. According to the EPA, more than 21,000 lung cancer deaths occur per year due to Radon. As home inspectors in Atlanta, we feel that it is our duty to provide services which will benefit clients to the utmost.  If requested,IHI Home Inspections will set up a monitor in your basement to detect the level of Radon gas in your home. We offer the test as part of our STAR Package deals. However, you can choose just the Radon test as an added service. The test typically lasts 48 hours. At this time, we place signs on entryways to your home, with the reminder to not leave windows or doors open for any extended amount of time. Due to the air flow from outside, the reading on the monitor can be affected.

Whether you are buying, selling or just need a routine inspection service, consider adding a test to check the radon levels in your home.

 

When you find your dream home, make sure that you get a thorough home inspection in Atlanta, GA from the home inspector Atlanta, GA, David Lelak of IHI Home Inspections, they serve Atlanta and all of North Georgia. Call us today at 404-788-2581 for a thorough home inspection in Atlanta. We won’t let you buy the money pit.  You can also schedule your Atlanta home inspection today online.  We create Peace of Mind One Atlanta home inspection at a time.  Be sure to check out all the other reasons other customers chose IHI Home Inspections at our original website. 

 

 

Radon Testing

Radon Services and Information

Radon Gas Information and Why You Should Get a Radon Test 

Any home can have a radon problem. This means new and old homes, well-sealed and drafty homes, and homes with or without basements. In fact, you and your family are most likely to get your greatest radiation exposure at home. That is where you spend most of your time. Nearly 1 out of every 15 homes in the United States is estimated to have an elevated radon level. Elevated levels of radon gas have been found by the Atlanta Home Inspectors in Alpharetta, Woodstock, Blairsville and Canton – just to name a few.

 Radon is a carcinogenic gas that is hazardous to inhale. Build-up of radon in homes is a health concern and many lung cancer cases are attributed to radon exposure each year. About 12% of lung cancers and more than 20,000 Americans die of radon-related lung cancer each year. The Surgeon General of the United States has issued a Health Advisory warning Americans about the health risk from exposure to radon in indoor air. Dr. Carmona, the Nation’s Chief Physician urged Americans to test their homes to find out how much radon they might be breathing. He also stressed the need to remedy the problem as soon as possible.  

You cannot see, smell, or taste radon. But it still may be a problem in your home. When you breathe air containing radon, you increase your risk of getting lung cancer. In fact, the Surgeon General of the United States has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States today. If you smoke and your home has high radon levels, your risk of lung cancer is especially high.   

Testing is the only way to find out your home’s radon levels. EPA and the Surgeon General recommend testing all homes below the third floor for radon. If you find that you have high radon levels, there are ways to fix a radon problem. Even very high levels can be reduced to acceptable levels. Radon has been found in homes all over the United States. It comes from the natural breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water and gets into the air you breathe. 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.  

EPA’s Radon Testing Check List:

Notify the occupants of the importance of proper testing conditions. Give the occupants written instructions or a copy of this Guide and explain the directions carefully.  

Conduct the radon test for a minimum of 48 hours; some test devices have a minimum exposure time greater than 48 hours.  

When doing a short-term test ranging from 2-4 days, it is important to maintain closed-house conditions for at least 12 hours before the beginning of the test and during the entire test period.  

When doing a short-term test ranging from 4-7 days, EPA recommends that closed-house conditions be maintained.  

If you hire someone to do the test, hire only a qualified individual. Some states issue photo identification (ID) cards; ask to see it. The tester’s ID number, if available, should be included or noted in the test report.  

The test should include method(s) to prevent or detect interference with testing conditions or with the testing device itself.  

If the house has an active radon-reduction system, make sure the vent fan is operating properly. If the fan is not operating properly, have it (or ask to have it) repaired and then test.  

If your home has not yet been tested for Radon have a test taken as soon as possible. If you can, test your home before putting it on the market. You should test in the lowest level of the home which is suitable for occupancy. This means testing in the lowest level that you currently live in or a lower level not currently used, but which a buyer could use for living space without renovations.  

The radon test result is important information about your home’s radon level. Some states require radon measurement testers to follow a specific testing protocol. If you do the test yourself, you should carefully follow the testing protocol for your area or EPA’s Radon Testing Checklist. If you hire a contractor to test your residence, protect yourself by hiring a qualified individual or company.  

Many states require radon professionals to be licensed, certified, or registered. Most states can provide you with a list of knowledgeable radon service providers doing business in the state. In states that don’t regulate radon services, ask the contractor if they hold a professional proficiency or certification credential. Such programs usually provide members with a photo-ID card, which indicates their qualification(s) and its expiration date. If in doubt, you should check with their credentialing organization. Alternatively, ask the contractor if they’ve successfully completed formal training appropriate for testing or mitigation, e.g., a course in radon measurement or radon mitigation.  

If you are thinking of selling your home and you have already tested your home for radon, review the Radon Testing Checklist to make sure that the test was done correctly. If so, provide your test results to the buyer.  

No matter what kind of test you took, a potential buyer may ask for a new test especially if:   

The Radon Testing Checklist items were not met;
The last test is not recent, e.g., within two years;
You have renovated or altered your home since you tested; or
The buyer plans to live in a lower level of the house than was tested, such as a basement suitable for occupancy but not currently lived in.  

A buyer may also ask for a new test if your state or local government requires disclosure of radon information to buyers.Radon Gas Myths and Facts 

MYTH: Scientists are not sure that radon really is a problem. FACT: Although some scientists dispute the precise number of deaths due to radon, all the major health organizations (like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Lung Association and the American Medical Association) agree with estimates that radon causes thousands of preventable lung cancer deaths every year. This is especially true among smokers, since the risk to smokers is much greater than to non-smokers. 

 MYTH: Radon testing is difficult, time-consuming and expensive.  

 FACT: Radon testing is easy and inexpensive. 

 MYTH: Radon testing devices are not reliable and are difficult to find.  

 FACT: Reliable testing devices are available from qualified radon testers and companies. 

 MYTH: Homes with radon problems can’t be fixed.  

 FACT: There are simple solutions to radon problems in homes. Hundreds of thousands of homeowners have already fixed radon problems in their homes. Radon levels can be readily lowered for $800 to $2,500 (with an average cost of $1,200).. 

 MYTH: Radon affects only certain kinds of homes.  

 FACT: House construction can affect radon levels. However, radon can be a problem in homes of all types: old homes, new homes, drafty homes, insulated homes, homes with basements, and homes without basements. Local geology, construction materials, and how the home was built are among the factors that can affect radon levels in homes. 

 MYTH: Radon is only a problem in certain parts of the country.  

 FACT: High radon levels have been found in every state. Radon problems do vary from area to area, but the only way to know your radon level is to test. 

 MYTH: A neighbor’s test result is a good indication of whether your home has a problem.  

 FACT: It’s not. Radon levels can vary greatly from home to home. The only way to know if your home has a radon problem is to test it. 

 MYTH: It’s difficult to sell homes where radon problems have been discovered.  

FACT: Where radon problems have been fixed, home sales have not been blocked or frustrated. The added protection is some times a good selling point. 

MYTH: I’ve lived in my home for so long, it doesn’t make sense to take action now.  

FACT: You will reduce your risk of lung cancer when you reduce radon levels, even if you’ve lived with a radon problem for a long time. 

 MYTH: Short-term tests can’t be used for making a decision about whether to fix your home.  

 FACT: A short-term test, followed by a second short-term test* can be used to decide whether to fix your home. However, the closer the average of your two short-term tests is to 4 pCi/L, the less certain you can be about whether your year-round average is above or below that level. Keep in mind that radon levels below 4 pCi/L still pose some risk. Radon levels can be reduced in most homes to 2 pCi/L or below. 

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