Archive for March, 2012
Radon Gas Risks in Charlotte Solved by Radon Mitigation
If you live in Charlotte, North Carolina, you have likely heard about the radon gas presence in this area. However, you may not understand how dangerous the threat of radon really is. Radon gas is a leading cause of lung cancer for both smokers and nonsmokers; although it can be found anywhere in the world, it is a particularly serious risk for Charlotte area residents. If you have not yet had your home’s radon gas levels professionally tested, you should have SWAT Environmental do so as soon as possible.
The radioactive radon gas forms from the natural decay of uranium in the soil; uranium is prevalent in Charlotte and the surrounding region. Radon gas has no taste, color or odor. The radon gas filters into the atmosphere over time, but the airborne radon does not present any serious danger because its concentration in the air is so low. The real threat from radon lies in confined spaces, such as the interior of a house or other building. Radon can enter a house or building through several different routes, such as through a contaminated well or through cracks in its foundation. Inside a house, radon gas can quickly build to toxic levels. Residents of a radon-infested house may not show any warning symptoms or signs of its effects for some time after their exposure, even though they are at a high risk for lung cancer and other health problems. Therefore, it is very important to find the source of radon contamination as quickly as possible.
SWAT Environmental Radon Testing & Radon Mitigation North Carolina
If you wish, you can use a home test kit to check your house’s radon gas levels. You can purchase either a short-term testing kit or a long-term testing kit from your local health department; both types of tests are available online. However, home test kits can be somewhat unreliable and inaccurate; therefore, it is much safer to have SWAT Environmental specialists perform a professional test for you. Not only is this test much more accurate, but it also will return your results much more quickly.
Radon gas levels of 4.0 pCi/L or above are considered to be potentially dangerous. If your radon gas test results are at or above this level, you should have SWAT Environmental begin the radon mitigation process immediately. First, SWAT’s specialists will find and seal all cracks and other entrance means for the radon gas in the air. Next, they will set up systems designed specifically for your home to circulate contaminated air outside, replacing it with fresh, clean air. Finally, they will also set up systems to aerate and filter your home’s water supply if it too is contaminated.
It can be easy to overlook the need for radon mitigation simply because radon gas’s dangers are not obviously apparent. Behind the scenes, however, elevated radon gas levels can be extraordinarily dangerous to your health and that of your family, so have SWAT Environmental specialists install a radon mitigation system to ensure that you are protected as soon as you are able.
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