Attention North Atlanta Home Buyers and Sellers: January is National Radon Action Month

North Atlanta Homes - RadonThe Environmental Protection Agency has designated January as National Radon Action Month. Officials encourage all residents of Atlanta, Georgia to test their homes, since this is the only way to know if you have high levels. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, after tobacco smoke. Radon is an odorless, invisible and tasteless gas released by the natural decay of uranium in soils and rocks that easily enters into homes.

Radon is a cancer-causing radioactive gas. You cannot see, smell or taste radon, but it may be a problem in your home. The Surgeon General has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States today. If you smoke and your home has high radon levels, you’re at high risk for developing lung cancer. Some scientific studies of radon exposure indicate that children may be more sensitive to radon. This may be due to their higher respiration rate and their rapidly dividing cells, which may be more vulnerable to radiation damage.

Before you freak out and run screaming from your home, in my experience about 20% of the homes I have sold have had elevated radon levels near or above the EPA limit.  Of those, only a handful (less than five) required remediation.  That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get your home checked, it just means that this isn’t a problem for most people.  And, chances are if you’re neighbors don’t have a problem, you won’t either.  Of course, if they do, then you might also.

I have recommended Alpha Radon to my clients.  I always suggest you contact several contractors and evaluate their qualifications on your own.  However, I have been very satisfied with their work.