Georgia residents are often at risk from radon gas exposure. Radon gas can come without warning or show any signs of its presence until it is too late. Many locals don’t fully understand radon gas and whether or not they are at risk of exposure. Lifeline Home Inspections will share what radon gas is and how we test for it to ensure the safety of your household.
Properties of Radon; Can Exposure Cause Lung Cancer & Other Illness?
Radon is a radioactive gas that is commonly a natural gas. Radon gas is linked to a number of illnesses and even lung cancer. Radon gas can be extremely difficult to detect as it is an odorless and colorless gas. Radon gas is naturally found in our atmosphere in various amounts. When radon gas occurs outdoors, it disperses rather quickly and is not considered a major threat. However, radon gas can leak into schools, homes and workplaces. When radon gas is trapped indoors and can not ventilate properly, the gas can build up in lethal amounts. Radon gas comes from the ground and can leak into buildings through cracks or holes in the foundation. Once radon gas leaks into a building it is no easy feat to control or remove the gas. Radon gas has a number of different health risks if it is breathed in over an extended amount of time. Radon gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. according to the EPA. There is an estimated 21,000 people that die each year from radon linked lung cancer. There are some common signs of radon gas exposure if you know what you’re looking for. Radon gas can cause respiratory problems, decrease muscle mass, give people a hoarse voice and coughing. Early signs of radon gas can help clue homeowners that there is a problem.
Professional Radon Testing Mitigation
In order to take steps in controlling radon gas you need to have your home tested. Testing by a qualified home inspector can help detect this gas if it is in your home. Radon gas is detected more often than you think and once found, requires an underground ventilation system to be installed to direct the gas away from the home or building to open areas. If radon is detected and is higher than 148 Bq/m3 (4 pCi/L) you will require a ventilation system to prevent illness and cancer. Lifeline Home Inspections provides radon testing. We do this by taking samples of the indoor air. With a modern radon testing device the gas passes through a diffusion chamber. Within the chamber an alpha spectrometry will precisely calculate the radon level in the air. This modern radon testing instrument uses silicon photodiodes to count and measure the energy of the alpha particles which is the decaying chain of the radon gas.
Residential & Commercial Inspections & More in Fulton, Spalding, Coweta, Douglas, Pike, Upson & Fayette County, Georgia
Our radon testing instruments provide readings within 48 hours which is faster than older radon tests. These devices are installed in the home by the inspector, who will then come back with the test results. With modern technology, radon tests can occur faster and provide homeowners with faster results to properly secure the safety of their home. For radon testing and/or commercial and residential inspection services, contact Lifeline Home Inspections and schedule our services today.