first_imgIf high, test againIf the first test results show a high reading, a second test isrecommended to get an average of the two.”We provide a $6.99 coupon for the second test,” she said.If the average results of the two tests are above 4 pCi/L, the EPAaction level, the homeowner is provided with a booklet thatexplains how to fix a radon problem and a list of certified Georgiamitigators. Mitigation involves the installation of a ventilationsystem that will reduce radon concentration in the indoor air,Bennett said.”The system essentially sucks air from beneath the footprint of thehome and vents it above the roof line,” she said. Current averagecost for fixing a home for radon is around $1,800.”That may sound expensive, but compared to the cost of a humanlife, it’s not high,” Bennett said. “After all, how do you put avalue on a human life? And you have to think about the high cost ofmedical care for lung cancer.”If you are building a new home, a passive mitigation system can beinstalled for $300 to $500.The Georgia Radon Education Program is funded by the EPA inpartnership with the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences, thePollution Prevention and Assistance Division of the GeorgiaDepartment of Natural Resources and Southface Energy Institute.For more information on the radon education program, visitwww.gafamilies.com/housing/radon. To order a free radon test kitfrom your local county Extension office, call 1-800-ASK-UGA1. By Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaGeorgia is known for its granite, but this beautiful resource alsomay contain radon, a gas that kills more than 600 Georgians eachyear.Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the UnitedStates and the leading cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers. It is aninvisible, odorless, radioactive gas that occurs naturally in rockand soil. It enters homes through cracks and other openings in homefoundations. “We have a lot of granite in Georgia and the likelihood of havingtrace uranium is very likely,” said Ginger Bennett, one of threeradon educators working through University of Georgia CooperativeExtension. Natural breakdownRadon is a result of the natural breakdown of uranium in soil androck. Uranium takes a long time to decay. Radon gas is one of thelast stages.Through a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant, complementaryradon test kits are available to Georgia homeowners from theirlocal Extension office. The kit comes with an envelope containingactivated charcoal. It should be hung for three days in the lowestoccupied level of a home.”There’s always going to be a higher reading closer to the dirt,”she said. “However, if you don’t spend any time in your basement,don’t test there.”After the envelope has hung for three full days, the test kitshould be mailed immediately to a laboratory because theradioactive substance in it decays quickly. This will insure a moreaccurate result.Within 10 days, the homeowner will receive a report via mail or e-mail.last_img read more