BASIC RADON FACTS
The U.S. Surgeon General recommends ALL homes be tested for radon gas.
What is radon, and why should my home be tested?
Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas released in rock, soil and water that can build up to dangerous levels inside any home; this means new and old homes, well sealed and drafty homes, and homes with or without a basement. Radon gas is odorless and invisible and the only way to know if your home has a radon problem is to test for it.
Breathing radon can increase your risk of lung cancer. Radon is the number one cause of lung cancer among people who do not smoke. It is the second leading cause of lung cancer for people who do. EPA estimates that radon causes more than 20,000 deaths from lung cancer each year in the U.S. If you smoke and your home has a high radon level, your risk of lung cancer can increase even more.
Radon has been found in every state
Homes with high levels of radon have been found in every state. In fact, radon levels can vary greatly from home to home‐‐even levels next door can be very different. Radon is measured in picocuries per liter of air (pCi/L), a measurement of radioactivity. In the United States, the average indoor radon level is about 1.3 pCi/L. The average outdoor level is about 0.4 pCi/L. The U.S. Surgeon General and EPA recommend fixing homes with radon levels at or above 4 pCi/L. EPA also recommends that people think about fixing their homes for radon levels between 2 pCi/L and 4 pCi/L.
You should have your home tested for Radon
GeorgiaSpec Uses Radalink Radon Monitors
Having your home tested by GeorgiaSpec for RADON is easy and non-evasive. If your house has a radon problem, it can be fixed. Fixing a radon problem reduces the risk of lung cancer for you and your family.
The Radalink Monitors utilizes pulsed ion chamber technology. Ambient air passively diffuses into the chamber in which the radon atoms (as well as the subsequent polonium decay products) disintegrate, emitting alpha particles.
Unlike open-cage ion detectors that can record spurious counts and severely bias the measurement, Radalink’s ion chamber is specially shielded to eliminate interference from vibrations, electrical line noise, cellular phones and microwave energy.