Archive for March, 2012
Solve ‘s Continuing Radon Gas Danger with Radon Mitigation
In December of 2011, residents of the city of New York were given notice that they were at high risk of radon and vapor intrusion. If you live in , this announcement probably was not a great shock, since problems with radon gas contamination’s are quite common in the area. However, if you have not had your home’s radon gas levels tested, you should have SWAT Environmental do so as soon as possible. If the gas levels are dangerously high, SWAT Environmental can begin your radon mitigation process immediately.
Radon is a cancer-causing gas that you cannot see or smell. Exposure to excessively high concentrations of radon gas can significantly increase your chances of developing lung cancer and similar health problems. Radon is generated naturally from elements like uranium in the soil; normally, it dissipates harmlessly in the open air. However, in some cases the gas finds its way into houses through gaps and cracks in the foundation. It then begins to collect, quickly reaching dangerous levels. The soil found in some regions is particularly rich in the elements that create radon gas; for this reason, people who live in New York are at the top of the radon gas risk scale. This should not be cause for unnecessary alarm; it simply means that you should stay on top of your home’s radon gas levels and have any problems corrected before they become seriously harmful.
According to the official Environmental Protection Agency newsletter, it has been determined that minor radon gas exposure is not harmful. On the other hand, levels found in your home that exceed four pCi/L, or picocuries per liter, could be dangerous. SWAT Environmental technicians will be able to determine whether your home’s radon gas levels are above or below these safe benchmarks.
Call NY Radon Mitigation Specialists SWAT Environmental Today!
If your home contains too much radon, you will need to have the SWAT Environmental specialists begin the radon mitigation process. This can involve several different types of techniques — usually, the technicians will employ a combination of more than one to ensure that you and your family are protected. For example, one of the most common forms of radon mitigation is active soil depressurization, which helps prevent the radon gas from entering the air supply. Another rather tedious, but important step is hunting down and plugging every crack or space in your basement, crawlspace or foundation through which the radon gas in the ground could enter your house. Your home may also need certain forms of advanced ventilation to ensure that any radon that does reach your home is quickly removed and replaced with clean air.
Clearly, radon mitigation is not a simple process. Since the consequence of improper mitigation is continued exposure to toxic radon gas — and a significantly increased risk to you and your family of health problems like cancer — you should not take any chances. Call SWAT Environmental radon mitigation to ensure that your home is safe.