Did you know that January is radon prevention month? Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas and comes from the natural breakdown (radioactive decay) of uranium. It is usually found in igneous rock and soil, but in some cases, well water may also be a source of radon. You cannot see, smell or taste radon. The gas can enter your home, office, or school through cracks in the floors and walls, gaps around pipes, and electrical wires.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, when measured in every state it’s estimated that one out of every 15 homes in America has elevated radon levels. Radon causes about 21,000 lung cancer deaths every year, and many of these deaths are preventable because we know how to find it, fix it, and prevent it! Smoking, radon, and secondhand smoke are the leading causes of lung cancer. Although lung cancer can be treated, the survival rate is one of the lowest for those with cancer.
A variety of methods can reduce radon levels in your home. Sealing cracks in floors and walls and increasing the ventilation in your space can help! You should also have your home tested to determine the radon levels are in your space. Birmingham and Atlanta are both in the moderate to severe risk categories. Many people also get a professionally installed radon mitigation systems in their homes to remove excessive levels of radon gas.
If you haven’t had your home tested or it’s been more than 2 years since your last radon test, it’s a good thing to do it just to be safe! At Jones Warren, we do stand alone radon testing in Birmingham and will refer you to a company to do radon only testing in Atlanta. Schedule your radon test today! The testing equipment must be left in the home for at least 48 hours and then the test results are ready immediately after the testing is concluded.
Have any questions about radon testing? Give us a call! Contact us at our Alabama office, 205.607.0031, or our Atlanta office, 404.793.3773 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Resource: National Safety Council