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.

Test Your Home Today

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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Betty Hays
Betty Hays

5 out of 5 stars

posted 1 week ago

After calling and having 4 estimates completed for a radon mitigation system, it was quite clear the top choice was going to be Cooks. From the first call speaking with Monique, the bar was set for other competitors. Monique answered all questions, fully explaining the process and the crew that came out led by Eli were extremely knowledgeable, courteous and cleaned up 100%. My house was built on a crawlspace and my starting radon number was 6.7 pCi/L above the safe level of 4.0. Once the system was installed and another radon test was preformed, my level dropped to a very safe 0.7 pCi/L. I am so glad I called Cooks as part of my starting point for all estimates, I have not been disappointed at all. The communication was what I expected both from Monique and the install team. They are not the highest or the lowest in cost but I feel like they are the best and highly recommend them.

Jeremy W
Jeremy W

5 out of 5 stars

posted 4 months ago

Needed a mitigation system installed and they were absolutely fantastic to work with. Cook’s came out on time and worked diligently to install the system (took about 5 hours total). They were great at explaining to me step by step what they were doing and even let me check parts of the system during the install. They made sure I understand how the system works and how to make sure it’s continuing to work down the road. After the install they gave me a follow up radon test to use to verify the radon levels are down. I’ll be recommending them to anyone I know who needs radon management.

Patricia and Marty Sharpe
Patricia and Marty Sharpe

5 out of 5 stars

posted 4 months ago

Extremely pleased from quote process with all the questions, through execution of the mitigation system. We were at 6.9 picoC/l and dropped to 0.64. They were able to keep my finished basement clear of the system and still make the mitigation work. Excellent communication and customer service. Highly recommended.

David Yuan
David Yuan

5 out of 5 stars

posted 5 months ago

I recently installed a radon mitigation system with Cook’s. From initial testing to system installation to post testing, they are fantastic to work with. The owner is very knowledgeable and great to work with. Most importantly, achiever very low readings after system installed!

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