November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month, which means it’s a perfect time to educate yourself about radon. Radon is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas, and is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. However, most Atlanta homeowners don’t know much about it. If you’re curious to learn more, Residential Inspector of America has answered some of the most commonly asked questions.
1. Where Does Radon Come From?Radon is a radioactive gas that is generated during the natural breakdown of uranium in the soil, rocks, and water. The gas can seep into our homes and into the air we breathe, making radon a potential problem anywhere and for anyone. Thus it is essential that you your home and places of business are tested regularly.
2. What Are the Common Entry Points?Because radon is a gas, it technically can enter your home or business anywhere. However, there are a few access points that you should be aware of. These include:
- Cracks in solid floors
- Cracks in walls
- Gaps around pipes
- The water supply
- Cavities inside the walls
3. How Often Should I Test for Radon?
Radon flows and rates can fluctuate throughout the year, making it essential that you have your home or business tested regularly. According to the EPA, you should have a radon test conducted every two years. You can also install a long-term radon test in your home if you’ve tested for higher levels in the past. The alarm will alert you when radon levels are too high, letting you know it’s time to call in the professional inspectors.
Schedule Your Radon Test.
Having your home or business tested for radon will ensure that you can keep your family and those you care about safe. Residential Inspector of America has been putting customers around Atlanta, GA, first since 1989. If you’re looking for an expert team to conduct a radon test, mold test, stucco inspection, or a pool or spa inspection, contact us at (770) 476-4963.