Radon Abatement in Atlanta, Georgia
If You Live in Atlanta, Radon Abatement Could Save Your Life
Radon 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.
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