Understanding and Treating Radon

Posted by on June 22, 2016 in Brentwood, Franklin, Guest Blogger, Market, Nashville, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Understanding and Treating Radon

pexels-photo-59515Understanding and Treating Radon

Radon is a colorless and odorless radioactive gas that occurs naturally from the decay of radioactive elements such as Uranium found in soil and rocks. This chemically unreactive gas is fairly soluble in water and other organic solvents, even though it occurs as gas under normal conditions. The radon gas found in the soil and rock can easily find its way into the air and water found on the surface and underground. Radon poses serious health risk to humans and the environment since it is acknowledged as the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking.

According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, 20,000 people die every year from lung cancer as a result of exposure to radon. The other harmful respiratory effects associated with chronic exposure to this deadly gas include; respiratory lesion, emphysema, silicosis and pulmonary fibrosis. High concentrations of radon have the potential of generating genotoxic effects. The primary routes of radon exposure to humans are through ingestion and inhalation.

Exposure to Radon Gas in Nashville Homes and Workplaces

The level of radon gas in buildings largely depends on the characteristics of the soil or rock found at in a given area. The exposure can happen at home, school, workplace or the outdoors.

Importance of Home Inspection

Having a Home inspection performed is an obvious step to take, but many people skip having a radon test performed. Homes in Middle Tennessee have some of the highest levels of Radon in the country, so this is a dangerous gamble to make. Radon inspections have become an important part of Nashville home inspections, because radon gas can easily accumulate inside in places like the attic and basement.

The radon mitigation test can be conducted by placing a test kit at the lowest hanging floor for between 2 to 7 days. Once this period is expired, a house inspector will take the sample to the lab for further analysis. If the levels of radon are high several remedial measures can be undertaken, including sealing the concrete slab floors, water drainage systems and basement foundations. To ensure total safety, tests should also be conducted on the septic tank and well water.

Be sure to reach out to a professional in the Nashville area for a Radon Test and Radon Mitigation.

About Michelle Froedge
Michelle Froedge is a residential Realtor and Principal Broker in the Greater Nashville and Williamson County areas of Tennessee. “Mom” to four-legged fur baby, Tyler, Auntie to Zelamie, she is a vegetarian and sings in her spare time. Michelle has lived in Nashville and Franklin since 1997 and has been selling homes since 2004.


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