Radon is a gas released into our soil that easily enters our homes through the foundations and well water. Radon kills about 21,000 people a year. You can learn if you have radon by testing your home and fixing it if needed.
Radon is the second leading cause of Lung Cancer in the USA, after tobacco smoke. It kills nearly 21,000 people each year, more than 800 of them in Georgia. Smokers are at an even higher risk of radon-induced lung cancer than nonsmokers by 7%.
Do I have a problem?
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) considers any radon test results above 4 picocuries per liter (pCi/L) to be high.
If the radon level in your home is above 4 pCi/L, you should get your home mitigated. Mitigation is the technique used to remove the radon in your home. You should you use a registered mitigator to ensure accurate work.
Not all drinking water contains radon. If your drinking water comes from a well or other underground source, then it could contain radon. If you have a private well, we recommend testing your drinking water. For more information on radon in water visit the EPA website. Thanks to EPA funding, UGA will begin accepting samples to conduct tests. For information on testing conntact Dr. Jake Mowrer with the UGA AES Lab.
The UGA Radon Education Program is supported by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) through funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency State Indoor Radon Grant Program.