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Monday, June 25, 2012 @ 04:06 PM
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If You Live in Atlanta, Radon Abatement Could Save Your Life

Radon Abatement in GeorgiaRadon is a natural gas that is present in the soil in every part of the United States, even Atlanta, Georgia. It is an odorless, tasteless, invisible gas that is virtually undetectable, but nonetheless deadly. When radon decays, it releases radioactive particles that are dangerous when you breathe them in. Exposure to any type of radioactive material increases the chances of developing cancer drastically; the most common side effect on long-term exposure to high radon levels, therefore, is lung cancer. There are no immediate signs of radon gas’s presence, so many people have lived for years in houses containing high levels of radon without realizing it.

Radon Abatement Prevents Entry to the Home by Radon Gas

Radon enters the home through cracks in basement walls and slabs and through spaces between the foundation and walls; it then gradually builds to high levels due to a lack of ventilation. Poor ventilation contributes dramatically to increased levels of radon in a home. Unfortunately, there is no way to tell whether or not radon is present unless you have someone test for it. Considering that it is a known carcinogen and undetectable via human senses, it would be wise to protect yourself and your family by having your house regularly tested for radon simply as a precautionary measure.

The Effects of Radon Abatement

Your best option is to hire a radon abatement specialist from SWAT Environmental to test for radon, although you can also buy a kit and do it yourself if you are less concerned about accuracy. If your home is affected by high levels of radon, the SWAT specialist will need to analyze the house to determine the best means of mitigating it. Of course, since radon is naturally present in the soil underneath your house, there is no way to eliminate the radon entirely. The key is to reduce the levels of radon in your house to a safe level. This is called radon abatement and it requires the knowledge of a specially trained individual who will assess the situation and devise a ventilation system that sucks the radon-infested air from under your house and filters it out into the open air, bypassing your home completely. The specialist will also seal any cracks and install a special type of air ventilator, ensuring that the radon gas levels are sufficiently reduced.

Having Radon Abatement Performed

Regularly inhaling high levels of radon gas will eventually be very harmful to your health, and potentially even give you lung cancer. Reduce the level of radon in your home before it is too late or else you or someone you love could come to serious harm. The radon abatement experts from SWAT Environmental are highly trained, not only in detecting and removing radon gas, but also in analyzing your home to determine how the radon is getting in and what is the best way of getting it back out.

Friday, June 22, 2012 @ 02:06 PM
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Radon Levels GeorgiaRadon gas buildup is a widespread problem in the Atlanta area. Radon is a radioactive gas that can leak out of the soil and seep into homes throughout the United States. However, due to Atlanta’s proximity to wide-ranging underground granite formations, homes in this the area are particularly likely to contain high radon levels. Once radon gas gets inside a house, it becomes trapped by modern construction methods that keep homes tightly sealed and energy-compliant. The Environmental Protection Agency states that radon gas is a class A carcinogen and is the number one reason for lung cancer among non-smokers in America.

Characteristics of High Radon Levels

Radon is an invisible and odorless radioactive gas. It is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States after smoking. It occurs naturally in caves, mines and water treatment plants. Radon that seeps up from the ground can find its way into houses and other structures through concrete, cracks, small holes, floor gaps, drains or small spaces in the basement or foundation. The minimum indoor level of radon is usually around 1.2 pCi/L. Since radon is a natural part of the environment, a zero level radon reading is virtually impossible. The EPA has decided that 4.0 pCi/L is the cutoff for dangerous radon levels in schools, homes and places of work. They calculate that nearly 21,000 individuals die each year from exposure to high radon levels alone. In fact, living in a home with radon levels above the EPA’s suggested limit of 4.0 pCi/1 impacts your health as much as smoking half a pack of cigarettes per day.

Radon Levels and Purchasing a Home

The EPA suggests that every home should be tested regularly for high radon levels, especially those located within the metro Atlanta area. If you are considering buying a home in Atlanta, regardless of the home’s age, you should have it tested as part of the inspection process since the previous owners may not have properly dealt with the issue.

After having your home’s radon levels tested, the EPA suggests that anyone who discovers high levels of radon gas in their home immediately take steps to correct the problem. This will generally require the installation of a professional radon gas mitigation system from SWAT Environmental. If the high levels of radon gas are discovered during an inspection prior to a real estate sale, the buyer and seller should reach an agreement to have this type of system installed in advance. Even if you do not plan to sell your home, however, you should still have the radon gas lowered to safe levels to ensure that you and your family members are not being put at risk simply by living in your house. If the initial test does not detect dangerous radon levels, continue to have tests done regularly to ensure that no problem develops.