Be Safe In Your New Home With A Radon Inspection!
Our home inspectors are finding elevated radon levels throughout metro Atlanta. It doesn’t matter what part of town we test. For the safety of your family’s health, be sure you get your house tested. The gas is easily removed if detected for a reasonable cost. Call us for pricing on radon inspections today.
Radon gas causes lung cancer.
- Lung cancer is the most common form of cancer in America. It kills more people than colon, prostate and breast cancer combined
- Approximately 50% of people diagnosed with lung cancer have never smoked or are former smokers
- A simple test can detect the presence of radon gas.
- If radon gas is present in a house, it can easily be removed and the house made safe.
- Radon testing save lives.
What is Radon and Where Does it Come From?
Radon is actually very small particles of decaying radium that become airborne. Radium is decaying uranium, which is naturally occurring in the soil and ground all around us.
If the radon is present under your house, it can get into your house through cracks in the slab floor, around plumbing pipes going in to the slab, from sump pump holes in the floor, and from the crack around the basement where the walls meet the concrete slab.
We bring a 2-man team of certified home inspectors to all our home inspections. Our radon inspections will help you realize the safety issues involved in the house prior to purchasing a house that could cost you way more than repairs in the long run. Let our experience in home inspections help you make an informed decision when buying your next home.
Radon Can Cause Lung Cancer
If we breathe in too much radon gas, it can become trapped in our lungs, much as asbestos fibers can. Doctors have found that the low level or radioactivity in radon gas can actually alter one of the markers of the DNA in our lungs and make us more susceptible to contracting lung cancer. That’s why the US EPA has set the threshold of 4.0 pCi/L (Pico curries per liter of air) when measured over a minimum of 48 hours as the level at which they want us to have the gas removed from the house. The World Health Organization set their remediation recommendation level at 2.0 pCi/L,much lower than the US EPA.
What Can Be Done If Radon Levels Are High In The House I Want To Buy?
It is relatively simple to protect your family and make the house safe again by installing what is called a “Sub Slab Depressurization System.” This is a elaborate name for drilling several holes in the basement floor, inserting pipes, connecting them together, routing them above the roof gutter line and installing a fan in the line that will run 24 hours a day forever more. .The remediation company technicians will seal any cracks or potential openings they find as well, and verify their work succeeded in lowering the radon levels by testing again, both right away and in a year.
What Does It Cost To Install A Radon Remediation System
The going price in Atlanta seems to be between $1,500 and $2,500. It depends on how large your basement, how easy it is to route the pipe above the roof gutter line, and how much sealing has to be done. Every five years or so the fan may need replacing, and that typically costs about $125.
Radon Testing Can be Done Yourself, Or We Can Do It For You.
If you have 10 days or so, you can buy a test kit, place the container for at least 48 hours, mail it to the lab, wait for it to arrive, wait more time for the testing, then get the results after they’ve done the lab work – a total of about 7 to 10 days.
If you have 4 to 6 weeks, you can get a test kit from the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service for $13, lab fees included. Click here, fill out the form, and when you complete the county selection it will show you where to send your check.
Overall they take about 3 to 4 weeks to get you the kit, another 2 days to sample the air in your house, then another week to 10 days to mail the test kit to the lab and get your results. If you have the time, its a great option.
Click here to view a video from the University of Georgia about how easy it is to test for yourself when you have the time. It is very informative!
If you have less time, use Medallion. We place our machine for a minimum 48 hours, and as soon as we retrieve the machine, we hook it up to our computer and deliver the results to you. Not in 10 days. Now. When you need the information. Right away. Our machine is a state of the technology electronic continuous radon monitor.
The difference is time. You choose what works best for you. If you have 7 to 10 days, you can do it yourself for less. If you need a radon inspection anywhere in Atlanta right away – we can do it for you. But please, make sure test for radon gas. Your safety and that of your family can depend upon an appropriate radon inspection. Call us to get an idea of costs for home inspection and radon inspections today!
Medallion Inspections Serves Metro Atlanta
Including Cobb, Cherokee, Fulton, DeKalb, Forsyth, Hall and Gwinnett counties, as well as Atlanta, Canton, Kennesaw, Marietta, Brookhaven, Sandy Springs, Dunwoody, Roswell, Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Cumming, Peachtree Corners, Suwanee and Lawrenceville