What is Radon Gas?

Radon (chemical symbol Rn) is a naturally occurring radioactive gas found in soils, rock, and water throughout the US and the state of Georgia. It is the product of radioactive decay. It has many variations, but radon-220 and radon-222 are the most common isotopes.

 

Radon is a Threat to Your Health!

Radon gas causes lung cancer. It is a threat to your health because it tends to collect in homes and buildings, sometimes at very high concentrations. As a result, radon is the largest source of exposure to naturally occurring radiation.

 

How Does Radon Enter a House?

What is radon and how does it enter a house?Because homes and buildings typically have a lower air pressure than the surrounding outside air and soil, outside air is literally “sucked” into the home. This is due in part to the effects of exhaust fans working to expel interior air along with warm building air drafting through and out of the house. These mechanical and thermal effects cause outside air, full of radon and other gases, to be drawn into the building. And typically, the replacement air is coming from the soil.

Whenever air enters a building from underneath, any radon present in the underlying soil will most likely enter the building as well. The level of radon is dependent on the soil conditions, which vary around the state of Georgia. Radon also varies from season to season. This is a function of climate and the use of the home by occupants (open windows-closed windows).

 

Why is Radon Gas a Concern?

Once radon has entered the home, the radioactive decay process does not stop. This causes the radon to decay into other radioactive elements called radon decay products. These decay products are made up of different forms of polonium, lead and bismuth. Unlike radon, which is a gas, the radon decay products produced from radon are solid particles. These particles become suspended in the air when they are formed from the decaying radon gas. These particles are extremely small and cannot be seen. Because they are extremely small particles, radon decay products are easily inhaled and can attach to lung tissue. This ultimately results in a higher risk for lung cancer.

 

Am I Being Exposed to Radon?

While the threat of radon exposure can be deadly, the good news is that the amount of radon in your house can be measured and if required, reduced to safe levels. A simple radon testing kit and 48 hours is all you need.

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Forty eight hours is the minimum duration for any radon test. The tests are used to determine the potential of a home having elevated levels of radon, independently of how the house is operated. The tests involve closing all windows and doors, except for normal exit and entry, and testing on the lowest livable location in the home. This technique has become the primary method for testing homes, especially for real estate transactions. The results of the test will determine the need for any radon remediation.

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Megan Parrish
Megan Parrish

5 out of 5 stars

posted 1 month ago

Our radon tester recommended Cooks to us and we are so glad we went with them! Cooks was awesome to work with! They were thorough, extremely responsive and super helpful! We are so grateful for their help!

Mike Cavin
Mike Cavin

5 out of 5 stars

posted 4 months ago

Called to get info on remediation issue and felt comfortable enough after my conversation with Monique to proceed with having Cook's proceed with the work. The staff was very thorough, professional and they completed the job in a short time, as quoted with great results. They greatly exceeded my expectations and it is obvious they take great pride in their work and reputation. Would highly recommend them.

Johanna Huffman
Johanna Huffman

5 out of 5 stars

posted 5 months ago

We decided to go with Cook's Radon after comparing several radon remediation quotes, all of which were considerably different in terms of fan placement and cost. Tony personally came out and assessed our house and discussed his recommendations. He has been in the construction business for many years prior to his focus on radon remediation and it was clear to us that, because of his experience, he was knowledgeable and well qualified to assess what options would work for us. We appreciated that he came out in person, instead of sending a salesperson to our home. Additionally, his wife Monique handles the administrative side and was consistently so kind and professional over the phone. What initially stood out to me from my conversations with them was that I could tell that they are personally vested in their business and they truly care about their customers and the community. Tony was very thorough and answered all the questions we had. Repeatedly, we heard from other companies that remediation of our house would be challenging due to our basement being almost entirely finished, but Tony seemed confident and his proposal was straightforward. It was also the least invasive out of all of our quotes, and the lowest cost. The level in our basement on pre-test was 8.7 pCi/L. Tony proposed an active sub slab depressurization system with garage routing and guaranteed a level of 3.9 pCi/L or below (with modifications or additional to our system at no additional charge if his proposed system did not achieve this level). His technicians were prompt and respectful and the system looks wonderful, it is not unsightly at all and we barely hear the fan although it is in the crawlspace of one of our upstairs rooms (our fan could not be placed in the attic due to the configuration of our home). Our post-test radon levels for the room in our basement that previously had the highest level on testing came out to 0.8 pCi/L! We are so happy that we chose Cook's Radon and will absolutely recommend them to others.

Craig Desimone
Craig Desimone

5 out of 5 stars

posted 1 year ago

Tony installed a system for us for a cover-all fee to get radon below limit. It was reasonable as my house took three suctions and diagnostic / radon level was guaranteed. Don't try to save a few bucks and get it done right. Highly recommend!

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