Southern Radon Reduction (SRR) is a fully licensed and insured radon mitigation company offering radon reduction and abatement services for single family homes, townhomes, condominiums, multi-family and commercial buildings in metro Atlanta and the southeast. Our certified radon mitigation professionals use diagnostic analysis with quantitative instrumentation to design a mitigation system specifically for the building being mitigated. This optimization of system design provides maximum efficiency of the system and reduces the regular operating costs, as well as, the energy penalty from loss of conditioned air from the building.
What is radon?
Radon is a colorless, odorless radioactive gas that comes from the natural breakdown (i.e., radioactive decay
) of radium
, which is a decay product of uranium
. Uranium and radium are both common elements in the soil. Radon is the second cause of lung cancer in the general population, after smoking.
How does radon get into the home?
Radon is a soil gas that typically moves up through the ground to the air above. Air pressure inside a structure is usually lower than pressure in the soil around the structure's foundation. Because of the difference in pressure, a house acts like a vacuum, drawing radon in through dirt floors, hollow-block walls, cracks in the foundation floor and walls and openings around floor drains, pipes and sump pumps. Any structure may have a radon problem: new or old, well-sealed or drafty, built on a slab, crawlspace or basement. Radon is generally more concentrated at lower levels, such as basements, ground floors and first floors.
Is it difficult to test for radon?
Testing is easy, affordable and does not take a long time to perform. Radon testing professionals who are certified through the National Radon Proficiency Program
(NRPP) can perform a test or there are various of low-cost, "do it yourself" radon test kits available through the mail and at home improvement stores. A small testing device is also available that can be plugged into the wall and will give you a continuous digital read out of the measured radon levels.
The most common commercially available passive test kits are charcoal canisters, alpha track detectors and charcoal liquid scintillation devices. Testing professionals typically use E-Perms or Continuous Radon Monitors. These tests are placed in the basement or lowest livable level of the home. All radon tests should take at least 48 hours.
My levels are above 4.0. Now what?
Not only is the radon easy to test, the methods of reducing the amount of radon is straight forward, affordable and provides a number of secondary benefits. Even high levels can be reduced to acceptable levels in most cases.
Why should I be concerned?
All structures have some levels or radon; some have greater amounts than others. Most scientists agree that exposure to radon gas is a health hazard to humans that causes lung cancer. The World Health Organization (WHO) has recently released their Handbook on Indoor Radon
which strongly validates the threat of exposure to radon gas. Radon gas has been classified as a human carcinogen since 1988, but WHO has been studying the effects of radon exposure since 1979. Twenty years of sound research and real-life studies from all over the world to confirm that exposure to radon can cause lung cancer.
Epidemiological studies have provided convincing evidence of an association between indoor radon exposure and lung cancer, even at the relatively low radon levels commonly found in residential buildings. If you smoke and your home has high levels of radon, your risk of lung cancer is especially high