Archive for June, 2012
Radon is a gas that is created in the soil all over the United States, and especially near Madison, Wisconsin. When elements like uranium break down underground, they produce radon; the gas is then released into the atmosphere. This is not a problem when it enters the open air, but it quickly becomes a problem when it enters a home and becomes trapped inside. The reason is that radon has been linked to causing cancer when a person is exposed to it as high levels.
Entry of Radon Gas Can Be Prevented with Radon Abatement
Radon enters a building at ground level primarily through cracks in its basement, through gaps between the walls and the slab, through well water and through spaces between construction joints. Anywhere there is a separation or gap in an exterior wall of your home, radon can seep inside and become trapped in the home with no way of getting out. Over time, this can expose your family to dangerously high levels of radon gas. In that situation, the only way to reduce the levels of radon in your house is through radon abatement.
Testing Determines Whether You Need Radon Abatement
Since radon is an undetectable gas, which means it is tasteless and odorless, you will have no clue whether or not you are being exposed to high levels of radon. That is why it is important that you either purchase a do-it-yourself radon testing kit at a local hardware store or that you hire a specialist from SWAT Environmental to perform a professional test for you. This process will tell you whether having a full radon abatement performed is necessary.
Role of a Radon Abatement Specialist
If testing determines that high levels of radon are present in your home, your next step should be to have a radon abatement specialist from SWAT Environmental begin planning how best to remove the radon gas from your home. This is true whether you had a professional radon test performed or you performed a home version of the test yourself. The role of the abatement specialist is to come out to your house, perform all necessary assessments and devise a system that is customized to suit your house’s unique needs. Whatever the specific system or systems the specialist decides are necessary, they are designed to lower the already-elevated radon levels in the home and to prevent more radon from getting inside. In most cases, the abatement specialist will also need to locate and seal the cracks and gaps that are letting the radon in from the ground. The most often used type of abatement system will actually pull the radon out of the soil and pump it up through a pipe, allowing it to exit at the top of your home into the open air. Although additional radon abatement systems might be necessary in some cases, you can be confident that the SWAT Environmental specialist will ensure that you and your family are kept safe.
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