Archive for April, 2012
High radon levels are a serious problem in Bloomington and much of the rest of the Midwest because of the region’s geology, which is prone to radon creation. Radon is connected to lung cancer; in fact, in the United States, over 20,000 lung cancer deaths are caused by exposure to excessively high radon levels each year. You may not be aware that only smoking causes more cases of lung cancer each year. Radon Levels in Individual Homes In spite of the danger presented by high radon levels, many people are unaware of the issue — especially of whether it exists in their own homes. You may think that radon is only an issue that affects older homes, but in many cases the reverse is true. Since newer homes tend to be sealed more tightly to boost their energy efficiency, they can actually accumulate high radon levels more easily in many cases. Radon gas is not dangerous outdoors since the breeze dissipates it into the open air. However, in an indoor environment where there is little air movement, radon levels can quickly build and become dangerous.
Different Types of Testing for Radon Levels
One of the first things that you should do to protect your family from this risk is to test your home for radon. There are two different types of radon test kits you can use yourself. They are referred to as long-term and short-term tests. A long-term test kit will check the radon levels over a period of six months to a year. Of course, this can be problematic if you do not have this much time. This is where short-term radon test kits come in. They are typically far less accurate, but they can give you a quick analysis of the radon levels in your home. With both of these test kits, you will send the test kit into a lab and they will examine it and send you back the information. SWAT Environmental’s professional radon tests, however, are both very accurate and very quick.
Mitigation of High Radon Levels
If the test determines that your home contains problematic radon levels, you will need to have SWAT Environmental begin the process of lowering them to ensure that you and your family are safe. This will generally involve sealing any cracks by which the radon is entering, as well as installing specialized ventilation systems — some to boost air flow, and some to actually pull the radon gas out of your home. With these systems in place, you will no longer need to worry about potential health problems from exposure to excessive radon levels. Part of what makes radon gas so deadly is simply the fact that it is so easy to ignore. You must be proactive to protect yourself from high radon levels. SWAT Environmental’s specialists are equipped to handle any type of radon problem in any type of house; you simply need to make the call to have them do their job.
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