What is radon Gas? Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas which is produced by the breakdown of uranium in rocks and soils. Due to the gas being tasteless, colorless, and odorless, testing is required to determine the approximate level of the gas in the home.
Is Radon a problem in East Tennessee? Based on the data supplied by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, radon is a very serious problem in our state. The data shows that radon levels in Tennessee are above average in many areas of the state. Some counties report 16% of the homes have elevated levels, while other counties report 33-75% of homes have elevated levels. Regardless of your zone designation or geographic location, all homes should be tested for radon. There is no zone or structure that has no risk factor for radon.
Is Radon deadly? According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), exposure to radon accounts for about 21,000 deaths from lung cancer each year and it is the leading cause of lung cancer for non-smokers.
Can Radon be in your water? It is possible to find radon in well water as well. Typically, this poses a much lower risk compared to radon in the soil. If you are concerned about radon in your water, I recommend scheduling test to determine the approximate levels. If the levels are high, the water supply can be treated to remove the radon before it enters your home.
How long does it take to get a radon test? A typical radon gas test for a real estate transaction will take a minimum of 48 hours. Water test will take 5-7 days to get the results back from the lab. Once the test is completed, a detailed report will be emailed to you with suggested recommendations. Depending on the observations, these recommendations may include monitoring, additional short-term test, or a long-term test to help you better understand the yearly averages of radon concentration in the home.