Archive for June, 2012
Radon Gas: An Uninvited Guest in Charlotte, North Carolina Homes
When uranium breaks down underground, it creates a natural gas called radon as a side effect. This gas has no odor or color; the only way it can be detected is to run a specialized test for it. Radon is found everywhere, and many homes in Charlotte, North Carolina may contain some level of the gas. U.S. geology reports indicate that homes in the Blue Ridge Mountain region may contain higher radon levels than other areas, with many areas having one in fifteen homes affected. Therefore, you should be particularly disciplined about protecting your home from high radon levels if you live in the Charlotte area.
Charlotte’s High Radon Levels Risk
If radon gas is detected at levels above four picocuries per liter of air, it can be deadly. If a radon test detects radon levels this high, take action as soon as possible to correct the problem. Many people are not even aware of the risk of radon in their homes until it is too late.
Radon gas is able to rise upwards from the soil where it is formed. Homes or communities built over an area where uranium is present may therefore have radon levels accumulate within them. The United States Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA, notes that radon in a home or business can present a serious threat to occupants, particularly because they will not see or smell radon. Radon can cause cancer by emitting radiation that affects human cells; lung cancer is an especially common side effect of radon gas exposure.
Testing for High Radon Levels
It is not difficult to find out if your home is affected by radon. Inexpensive home test kits for radon can usually be found at a local hardware store, allowing you to check your house’s radon levels yourself. However, hiring a SWAT Environmental professional to test your home is a much more accurate way to detect radon levels. Additionally, if your house’s radon levels are higher than four picocuries per liter of air, SWAT’s radon mitigation experts can determine the best means of removing the radon from your house to prevent it from having any ill effects on your family.
Dealing with High Radon Levels
In most cases, the first step SWAT Environmental will take during the radon mitigation process is simply locating all means by which the radon gas enters your home. Cracks in the foundation and tiny spaces in the basement, walls and floors are the most common such means. Once these openings are sealed, the next step is to deal with the current radon gas in your home and to prevent it from returning. Generally, this can be accomplished via the installation of a specialized ventilation system that pulls the radon gas from beneath the house and expels it out above the roof. With this type of system in place, high radon levels will no longer present a risk to your family.
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