Have You Tested Your Home For Radon Gas?

The Mountain Life Team Blogger January 16, 2012

Radon Gas In North GeorgiaNorth Georgia Households can boast some of the highest rates of Radon Gas in the Southeast. That is why the Georgia Office of the Governor has joined with the EPA in declaring January “Radon Action” month.

Radon gas comes from the decay of uranium in rocks and soil. Cracks in a building or home’s foundation can let the odorless gas inside, where it can build to dangerous levels and cause lung cancer.

There is good news however.

It is easy to mitigate and the costs of doing so have dropped considerably. The average cost of mitigating most problems costs $1,200. This is done by rerouting the gas outside of the home. If you are renting a home, it would be a good idea to ask the landlord to perform a radon test on the home.

Georgia residents can order a radon kit at a discounted price of $6.50 through www.UGAradon.com or by calling 1-800-ASK-UGA1. The test kits run cheaper than what’s available at hardware stores, where consumers may have to pay additional lab costs. The discount is made possible with EPA support.

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