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Before You Buy Or Sell Your Home In Atlanta Georgia, Make Sure It Is Radon Free

Radon and Real Estate in AtlantaRadon and radon mitigation are often a concern when a house in placed on the market for sale in Atlanta, Georgia. Since radon is now a well-known danger to human health, both sellers and buyers are concerned that a house being offered for sale have acceptable concentrations of the gas before any transaction is completed. Of all potential problems associated with a house, radon gas concentrations are among the easiest to determine and, if necessary, to mitigate.

A product of atomic decay of naturally occurring traces of uranium in the soil and rock, radon gas is a colorless and odorless radioactive material that percolates through the soil. It seeps into houses through any small cracks, plumbing, wiring and duct openings, sump pump wells and other access points. Despite common belief, even houses build on concrete slabs are susceptible to radon gas build-up, as well as houses with crawl spaces and basements. New houses are also as likely to have high concentrations of radon as older structures.

Radon Can Be a Silent Killer

As a radioactive material, radon is associated with lung cancer. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports that radon is the second-highest cause of lung cancer and states that it results in 21,000 lung cancer deaths in the United States each year. Not everyone who breathes radon gas develops lung cancer, but it is considered such a danger that the EPA defines radon as a Class A carcinogen, at the same level as asbestos, arsenic and benzene in commercial gasoline.

Radon gas is measured in units of picocuries per liter of air (pCi/L), and test surveys have shown that the average radon level in single-family free-standing houses is 1.3 pCi/L. Since the level of radon in any particular area is a result of rock and soil composition, the geology of an area can be studied to determine which places are more likely to produce higher levels of radon. The northern half of Georgia is hilly, ranging into mountainous, and contains rock structures with larger concentrations of uranium deposits and therefore radon. Unfortunately, Fulton County, which includes Atlanta, Georgia, is in the middle of a four-county “hot spot” of a Zone 1 area (most likely to have high levels of radon). Test sampling has shown that 16%of houses in the Atlanta, Georgia area have concentrations of 4 pCi/L, a concentration which the EPA considers to be an “action level” for radon.

Test For Radon in Atlanta, Georgia Before Buying or Selling a Home

The only way to find out if a particular house in Atlanta, Georgia does have elevated levels of radon gas is to test the house. Our company offers fast and accurate testing, providing this important information to sellers and buyers, to allow them to make informed decisions. If the test does show high levels of radon, there is no need to assume that the real estate transaction has to be cancelled. A positive approach is to have us design and install a radon mitigation system to bring the levels down.