What is Radon?

atlanta_radon_mapDid you know that the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) estimates nearly 20,0000 people die each year with lung cancer related to radon?  Radon is a cancer-causing, radioactive gas. It is colorless, odorless, tasteless, and chemically inert. Have you had your home tested?

Nearly one out of every 15 homes has a radon level that is above EPA’s 4  pCi/L. The average home is around 1.3 pCi/L. In the past few months, I have had several clients radon tests come back from 2.5-9+. We always encourage our clients to have this tested. If you already own your home and want to have it tested, please call us and we will connect you with a vendor.

When it comes to radon, it can be a bit confusing. There are so many opinions out there and information. Georgia has several counties that they consider zone 1 (highest potential) a majority of metro Atlanta area is in zone 2 (moderate potential) Cobb, Gwinnett, Fulton and Dekalb fall in zone 1. See map below to see what your county currently ranks.

The good news is, if your home has high levels of radon, there is a way to mitigate and reduce these levels. In some cases, you can make these repairs yourself. We always suggest talking to a professional if the levels are above 4. As a seller, be prepared for buyers to test for radon. If the levels do come back high, be prepared to install a radon mitigation system. These average $700-$2,500.

Written by Amy Wade, Northeast Expansion Agent, The Peters Company

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