Radon is a problem in Atlanta HomesOctober 31st, 2012 | by Matt Hoots | #Radon
So what’s scarier than ghosts and goblins on Halloween? Radon in your Atlanta house since, like ghosts, you cannot see it or smell it. Most other indoor air pollutants such as mold and toxic chemicals are easy to detect with your nose. Radon is an odorless gas; therefore, you have to test for it.
Even scarier, Radon is the 2nd leading cause of lung cancer in the US. Atlanta has some of Radon’s highest rates in the region. The good news is that there is a solution to fix the problem if your house tests at high levels.
Radon Testing and Mitigation
The first step is to get your house tested. There are some DIY kits available. If you suspect radon is in your house, then a long-term test by a professional is recommended.
If you are building a new house in the Atlanta area, then definitely plan for Radon vents during construction. They are much cheaper than a retrofit later. All of the new houses we have built in the last few years have had passive Radon vents installed. They start at the slab, and the vent goes to the roof of the house.
Radon causes lung cancer and like avoiding cigarette smoke, avoiding radon is possible as well. Testing for radon, then coming up with a plan to mitigate it is really all you need to do.
Other Radon mitigation ideas
There are specific designs for getting rid of higher levels of Radon through underground and roof vents. What about the radon or other toxins in your air? Good mechanical ventilation can solve this. Devices such as Energy Recovery Ventilators can remove “bad air” while bringing in “fresh air.”