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Radon kills an estimated 22,000 people every year in the U.S.; of which approximately 600 will be in Georgia. According to research, radon causes more deaths each year in the U.S. than drunk drivers. It is the second leading cause of lung cancer and the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers. Outdoors, radon is quickly dispersed and poses no problem. However, if radon seeps into your home from soil beneath your home, it could build to hazardous levels. You can have radon in your home no matter how old it is, how it is built, or how it is heated. Even if your neighbor next door has tested and found no problem, you may have high radon in your home.
"I've been told we don't have high radon levels around here." You may be right, or you may be wrong. Over one third of the state of Georgia is considered moderate to high risk for high levels of radon, according to studies. In fact, of the 59 counties considered moderate to high risk, ALL of them are in the northern half of the state.
In order to accurately test for radon levels, HomeFirst uses state-of-the-art technology. The equipment will be left in the home for 48 hours to acquire a 2-day average reading. Readings resulting in 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) will require professional mitigation services in order to lower the risk to occupants.