Archive for March, 2012
Hidden Radon Gas Problem in Bloomington, You Need Radon Mitigation
Bloomington is a beautiful town in the southern region of Indiana with a population numbering just over 80,000. Beneath the region’s pleasant surface, however, lies a potentially deadly health problem — that of radon gas. SWAT Environmental’s radon mitigation services have been potentially lifesaving for residents of many Bloomington homes that were contaminated with dangerous levels of radon gas.
Radon gas is odorless, tasteless and invisible. It is a radioactive byproduct of slowly decaying minerals found naturally in the soil, such as uranium and radium. The United States Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Toxicology Program, and the World Health Organization have all declared radon gas to be a cancer-causing agent for humans. Although it is located throughout the world in varying levels, it is particularly prominent in the Bloomington area.
Fortunately, it is very rare for radon gas to be harmful when it mixes with the open air outside. It is only the concentration of this gas within the walls of a home that presents a danger. This type of concentration is especially dangerous for smokers, young children, people with a family history of cancer and the elderly, but it can be harmful to anyone. The worst part is that its presence inside a home cannot be smelled nor immediately felt. However, it has been proven that in some cases the harmful effects of excessive radon exposure can appear twenty years later.
SWAT Environmental Radon Mitigation in Indiana
Obviously, this is not a risk you should take lightly. Fortunately, SWAT Environmental is certified in the state of Indiana as a radon testing and radon mitigation specialist; it can eliminate this problem from your home. They first must test your residence to determine its specific radon levels. Two methods are available for this purpose: short-term and long-term tests.
Short-term tests take from 48 to 60 hours to complete and are designed for a quick radon reading. If this value is below the EPA-recommended level of 4.0 pCi/L then no action is taken. If the value is above 4.0 then long-term testing is recommended. Long-term testing may run 90 days or 6 to 12 months. If the results of the test are high then you will need SWAT Environmental to begin the radon mitigation (reduction) process. This type of testing requires specialized equipment for testing your home’s air and will determine the exact amount of radon it contains.
SWAT Environmental can develop a plan to not only get rid of the present radon gas in your home but also to prevent it from seeping in again. Radon mitigation involves a number of processes, employing both inside and outside techniques. Such concepts as active soil de-pressurization, a radon mitigation suction fan or a PVC pipe system can all be used to move the contaminated inside air to the outdoors where it dissipates.
Whenever any work is conducted on the home, such as adjustments to the heating/air conditioning system, changes in the foundation or any sealing work, you should have SWAT Environmental perform a new air test to ensure that your home’s radon content is within safe levels. This precaution could protect your family from potentially devastating health issues down the road. If high levels of radon gas are found SWAT Environmental will install a radon mitigation system to make sure your family is safe from this deadly gas.
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