Harold Hudson on Oct 8th, 2019
Radon is a colorless, odorless noble gas that’s radioactive and naturally produced in granite. Because of the large amounts of granite in Georgia, radon has been linked to numerous cases of lung cancer in the state.
Radon breaks down in the soil and rises through the bedrock and the soil and into homes. Contrary to what you might assume, radon can affect all kinds of habitations, from old homes to new homes and high rises to single-family homes.
Radon is non-reactive, which means it doesn’t interact with the environment. But as it breaks down, it releases radiation. The only way to find out if there’s radon present in your home is through testing.
Radon is responsible for roughly 820 lung cancer related deaths annually in the state of Georgia.
See if Radon is Prevalent in Your County
The prevalence of radon is highest in northern Georgia, though local levels can be high in any part of the state. Check out this map to see the prevalence of radon where you live.
Types of Radon Testing
The most common kind of radon test is a do-it-yourself kit you hang in your home for about a week, after which it is sent to a lab for testing. You’ll get results in about two weeks. Georgia residents can order a test kit from the University of Georgia here.
If you’re not satisfied with your results, or want to test radon levels over a long period of time, you can order a long-term testing kid like this one from Kansas State University.
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***The article has been prepared for informational purposes only and are not legal advice. This information is not intended to create, and receipt of it does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship. You should not act upon this information without seeking professional counsel. You should consult an attorney for individual advice regarding your own situation.