Archive for April, 2012
Why Should Homeowners Worry About Radon Levels?
Most people would agree that they want to live in a city that puts their health and wellness first. Madison, Wisconsin is one such city. City officials have been working tirelessly for the last several years to improve Madison’s environment and air, and their efforts have paid off, because this city is awarded as a city with the cleanest air and environment. As a homeowner, however, you should still be aware of the potential for a naturally occurring danger — radon gas in your home.
While some homeowners take special precautions to monitor their home’s radon levels, others do not give the issue a second thought. Many probably do not really know what radon gas is and how it can affect the human body. Radon is actually the second highest cause of lung cancer deaths in the United States. This gas has no odor or taste, and it cannot be seen or felt. Therefore, without specialized testing, you would never know when your house contains dangerous radon levels.
What is the Source of High Radon Levels?
Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that develops from the gradual decay of uranium. Radon can be found in rock and soil. Well water can also contain radon in some cases. People become affected when they breathe or ingest radon into their systems. It often takes years for radon damage to the human body to become evident, but by then it is too late to do anything about the problem.
How Can You Protect Your Home from Harmful Radon Levels?
Specialized testing is the only means of determining whether your home is at risk due to high radon levels. If you wish, you can purchase a home radon test kit to check your house’s radon levels personally. However, depending on what type of kit you use, this can be a slow and somewhat unreliable process. SWAT Environmental’s specialized professional testing delivers results much more quickly and accurately than those you can produce with a home kit. If your home tests positive for unhealthy radon levels, SWAT’s experts can also design and install a radon mitigation system to eliminate the problem permanently.
Wisconsin is one state that has been particularly proactive in promoting the elimination of radon gas in the home and workplace. Their goal is to decrease incidences of lung cancer that are due to radon gas, as well as tobacco products. Therefore, Wisconsin has set up a Radon Protection Plan for state residents. They are helping residents become more aware of this deadly gas and offering assistance to anyone needing help. Their informational and educational aids to the general public come through the Department of Health. Information is also available from the CDC and Radiation Emergency Resources, the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s radiation information and the EPA, who continually monitors reported cases of high radon levels and radiation incidents.
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