Archive for March, 2012
Radon Gas is a Serious Health Risk, Radon Mitigation is The Answer
Radon gas is a naturally occurring substance that can be created during the breakdown of uranium over time. Because radon gas cannot be seen or smelled, a specially designed test will be necessary to determine if your home is collecting radon gas at levels that are unhealthy. Radon has been known to cause lung cancer as people inhale the substance over time in their homes. Just as you should test your water for any harmful substances, you should test the air in your house for radon as well.
Home kits to determine if your house is free of radon gas are available at your local hardware store, but a professional assessment is by far the more accurate method for finding radon gas in your home. If you live in Lexington, Kentucky, you should be particularly aware of the radon potential in this area. Black shale, a geologic stone and mineral formation that encircles the central portion of Kentucky, including Lexington, is known to contain uranium, and therefore to emit radon. For that reason, if you are a Lexington resident, you are particularly vulnerable to radon gas concentration in your home.
SWAT Environmental Radon Mitigation Kentucky
Most testing is done in the winter months when windows and doors are usually closed to boost the accuracy of the reading. There are both short term and long term tests available. Various factors can change radon readings, so even if the first test shows no radon problem, it is still advisable to retest your home every few years. If radon is detected during the test, radon mitigation specialists from SWAT Environmental can determine the best method of removing it from your home.
The amount of work and the specific steps that will go in to the radon mitigation process will depend on your house and your specific situation. The radon gas will be pumped out of the basement area using suction devices, and the foundation will be checked for cracks and covered with a sealant. Additionally, your house may need to be pressurized and ventilated to ensure that no traces of radon gas remain. Although this may seem like an extra expense and hassle, the health of you and your family is something to take seriously. Many deaths from the effects of radon gas could have easily been prevented with proper radon mitigation techniques.
Lexington is just one of many cities that have been found to have radon gas present in some of its homes. You should have your home tested for radon routinely; have a radon mitigation performed at the first sign of levels that are unhealthy. Radon poses an even greater risk to smokers and their families. Indoor air quality is already compromised by cigarette smoke, so that should be another reason homeowners who smoke test the radon levels in their homes. There are no cures at present for lung cancer, so call SWAT Environmental radon mitigation to keep your family from being exposed to that risk.
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