Radon in Homes

InspecTech Radon Testing in Homes

What is radon?

Radon gas is a radioactive decay product of Uranium. Uranium is a naturally occurring element found in the soil under and around your home. As the Uranium decays it becomes many different isotopes, with the most harmful being radon gas. Radon is present outdoors, but when it enters the home it becomes more confined and therefore more concentrated. The higher the level of radon, the greater the risk to the inhabitants.

How does radon get into my home?

There are pressure and temperature differences inside your home compared to outside your home. These differences cause the soil gases from outside your home to enter through the foundation and basement walls. Severe weather can alter radon levels because it will affect the temperature/pressure conditions, forcing more or less radon to enter the home. Radon can also enter your home through well water that some homes use as their primary water source.

Why should I be concerned about radon?

Radon is the 2nd leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. The CDC estimates 21,000 people in the US die from radon exposure each year; 800+ being in Georgia. It is a tasteless and odorless gas that can only be found by testing. The UGA Extension Office has published percentages of homes that tested higher than the EPA recommended action level of 4.0 PiC/L.

Cherokee: 16.2%*

Fannin: 37.4%*

Gilmer: 39.6%*

Pickens: 32.8%*

*based on test results between 1990 and 2020 and serves as an approximation of the likelihood that your home contains higher radon levels

Why should I have InspecTech test my home?

We are NRPP certified as Radon Measurement Professionals (Certificate #112705-RMP). NRPP requires certified professionals to adhere to quality control standards and abide by the code of ethics. We take duplicate measurements on at least 10% of our tests and calibrate annually to ensure accuracy. Our continuous monitors have a deviation of only 7% after 24 hours. Talk about accurate! The monitors we use take hourly readings of pressure, radon concentration, and temperature so that we can monitor fluctuations throughout the testing period. How much does it cost?

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