National Radon Action Month

By: Casey McRae | Published On: January 18, 2023 | Categories: Athens, Environmental, The Home Inspection

Radon testing is the single most requested environmental service that homebuyers add to their home inspection. Given radon’s prominence in the national spotlight, radon testing is on every potential home buyer’s mind. Radon may be a popular subject, but most homeowners are still in the dark about what radon is and the dangers behind it.

Radon is formed when uranium breaks down to form radon. Uranium is often found in high concentrations of granite rocky soil, which is prevalent here in almost all North Georgia counties. When radon is released it can enter buildings through the foundation and well water, many times leading to dangerous levels of exposure.

In Georgia, there are no laws or requirements for radon testing during a real estate transaction, but it is highly recommended by the EPA that every real estate transaction require a radon test.

If the radon in your home is over 4.0 pCi/L you should strongly consider having your home mitigated for radon. Radon is dangerous and potentially deadly, but fixing it can be simple and easy. Most radon mitigation companies will over a free at-home consultation to explain and educate the process and how it relates to your home.

If you decide to buy a home with high radon, or you have already purchased a home with above-average radon levels, mitigation is easy and can be done in a day.