Archive for March, 2012
Protecting Your Family from Atlanta’s Radon Gas with Georgia Radon Mitigation
Efforts to improve air quality in populated areas like Atlanta, Georgia have been underway for many years. The primary focus of these efforts has been on the removal of externally introduced contaminants and pollutants. However, homes in many parts of the country, including Atlanta, are vulnerable to contamination from radon, which is a completely natural gas. Nonetheless, it can be extremely harmful to your health; radon mitigation from SWAT Environmental, therefore, could be critical for your family’s safety.
It is virtually impossible to escape the presence of radon, a colorless, odorless gas that is gradually produced as the uranium content within the soil of the Atlanta region breaks down. Since it is a byproduct of naturally radioactive material, radon is considered a potentially deadly gas when it collects. It can find its way into homes through breaches in the foundation, openings around drains or pumps or through gaps around piping or wiring.
Radon levels in outdoor air have been measured at 0.04 pCi/L, or picocuries per liter; this level is not harmful to your health. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has determined the average radon measurement inside homes in the United States to be 1.3 pCi/L. Levels higher than 4 pCi/L are considered extremely dangerous. Having SWAT Environmental perform a radon mitigation is critical if your home’s levels exceed this measurement.
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Long term exposure to excessively high levels of radon gas is the leading cause of lung cancer in the nation for non-smokers; after smoking, it is the second highest cause of lung cancer period. This grim reality means that you should have SWAT Environmental test your home’s radon gas levels on a regular basis. If necessary, SWAT Environmental technicians can then begin the radon mitigation process to return your home’s air to safe radon levels.
Indoor radon gas concentrations can vary based on several factors such as whether your house was built above a concrete slab foundation, a crawlspace or a full basement. Generally, the lower the level, the higher the radon concentration it contains. Sealing all cracks and openings in your foundation that allow radon to enter your home from the ground will help reduce your radon contamination, but will likely be insufficient to correct the problem entirely. Most often, a point-of-entry method involves installing a suction pipe that brings the radon gas from beneath the house up to a fan where it can be vented into the outdoor atmosphere. SWAT Environmental professionals can handle the installation and setup of all systems necessary to complete successful radon mitigation.
Licensed and certified specialists from SWAT Environmental can help ensure that the entire radon gas mitigation process is completed thoroughly, precisely and professionally. In comparison to the financial and emotional cost of treating lung cancer or a similar radon-induced health condition, radon mitigation is a relatively simple precaution — a precaution that could save your life or that of one of your family members.
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