The upstate of South Carolina is know to have high levels of radon. This is due to the large amount of granite in the ground. Granite has high levels of uranium, higher than most minerals. As uranium decays, it produces a radon gas.
If you reside in the upstate of South Carolina it is highly recommended that you test for radon. All inspectors at Parr Home Inspection are Certified in Radon Measurement.
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Radon is a cancer causing, radioactive gas that you cannot see, smell, or taste. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. and the number one cause among non-smokers. Radon comes from the natural breakdown of uranium in soil, rock, and water and finds its way into homes through cracks and holes in the foundation, construction joints, and plumbing fixtures. Any home can have a radon problem. The only way to determine if your home is trapping radon gas is to test.
Additional Radon Information
EPA Home Buyer’s and Seller’s Guide to Radon – www.epa.gov/radon/pubs/hmbyguid.html
Cancer Survivor’s Against Radon (CanSAR) – www.cansar.org
South Carolina Department of Health Services – https://www.scdhec.gov/environment/your-home/radon
EPA Indoor Air Quality – www.epa.gov/iaq/index.html