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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A Kes (AKes)

5 out of 5 stars

posted 2 months ago

Our installation by Cook’s installers Eli and Mike was excellent. They were professional and discussed options with us to determine the best place for placement of the system to be both the most efficient and the best pipe placement on the outside of the house. Both were very professional and very friendly guys and their work is neat, clean, and efficient. Blake was spot-on in his original assessment, the job was quoted, and there was no wavering by the company or any attempts to add unnecessary products. Monique did a great job of coordinating the job from start to finish. Thanks to the Cook’s team for a timely response and a great job.

Zoltan Dudar
Zoltan Dudar

5 out of 5 stars

posted 2 weeks ago

We chose Cook's over their competition because their installation person (Eli) came and not just answered all our questions, but proved to be very knowledgeable offering multiple options. That made the difference over a regular sales person. Our priority (beside reducing the radon levels) was to hide the system from view and they went above and beyond to comply with that request. When I looked at what they did in the attic space, it looked like a masterpiece. We have a bedroom next to the pump in the attic (for which they had to carve out a door), so we were worried about the noise. They told it would be quiet, and it is so quiet that it is unnoticeable. The radon levels went from red to green and they have stayed there for the last month. These are hard working folks who won't disappoint you. THANK YOU!

Michael Sanders
Michael Sanders

5 out of 5 stars

posted 2 months ago

Great job overall on installing 2 radon systems and encapsulating my basement. They explained what they were doing, why and answered my (many) questions every step of the way. My old house has weird construction and tight spaces that was obviously tedious, but they got the job done. I was very surprised they didn’t up-charge me for the extra day it took to complete the work! Radon dropped from 10.1 to 0.04 so it definitely worked. My only complaint is that there was zero effect on the high humidity in the house, which I’d made clear was as important as lowering the radon levels.

Betty Hays
Betty Hays

5 out of 5 stars

posted 5 months 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.

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