BE GONE RADON!

Learning About Radon In Your Home

I am Radon Man! I am here to inform you about the effects of radon in your household.

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What is Radon?

Radon is a colorless, odorless, radioactive gas that comes from the soil. It is naturally occurring and is produced when uranium decays and works its way up into the atmosphere from the soil. ("Radon is Real!")
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How Can Radon Get Into Your Home?

It can seep into your home through cracks and holes in the foundation, where it is trapped inside your home and can build up. It can also sometime enter the home through well water. About 1 in 15 households in the US is estimated to have elevated levels of radon. ("A Citizen's...")
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What are the effects of Radon?

Radon is a killer! It causes more deaths in the US each year than drunk drivers, and is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. Smokers have a 7% higher risk of radon-induced lung cancer than non-smokers. As you breathe in radon and radon decay, it enters your lungs and releases small bursts of energy that can permanently damage lung tissue. Of the 22,000 people that the inhalation of radon kills in a year in the US, 600 are residents of Georgia. ("Radon is Real!")
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How To Test Radon In Your Home

In order to test the levels of radon in your home, you will need to purchase a radon testing kit at your local home improvement store. The amount of radon in the air is measured in picocuries per liter of air (pCi/L), and the average indoor level is estimated to be about 1.3 pCi/L. If the radon level in your home is above 4.0 pCi/L, you will need to take a secondary test to confirm the results. Should the second results come back with similar ratings, it is best to contact a trained and certified radon mitigation contractor. The price of fixing your radon problems range from $1,800 to $2,500, which includes a combination of sealing techniques and a system that pulls air from beneath your home by using a vent sack and exhaust fan. ("Radon is Real!") ("A Citizen's...")
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FOR MORE INFORMATION

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