Archive for March, 2012
Radon Gas: Prevalence and Protection in West Hartford, CT Radon Mitigation
With its pleasant, safe neighborhoods and beautiful views, West Hartford, Connecticut has been named one of America’s greatest places to live. While the overall amenities of the area are obvious, even a town like West Hartford contains one risk of which you may be unaware — that of radon gas. Fortunately, with radon mitigation services from SWAT Environmental, this does not have to be a concern any longer.
The advancement of modern science means that doctors are more aware than ever of the exact causes of various diseases. Radon, which is responsible for many cases of lung cancer, is a perfect example. Radon occurs naturally, but it is a radioactive gas that is gradually created over time from deposits in the ground.
While radon has existed for many years, is presence in homes is a more recent discovery. In fact, radon has become a rising concern recently for many households in Connecticut, including in West Hartford. In spite of its natural origins, radon gas is toxic to humans. Long term exposure can lead to cancer, especially lung cancer, as well as other health problems. With cancer rates on the rise, this discovery of its connection with radon gas exposure has raised an alarm among government officials and homeowners.
SWAT Environmental Radon Mitigation CT
The good news is that specialists from SWAT Environmental can easily detect and mitigate radon gas, significantly decreasing you and your family’s exposure to the gas. The first step to protect your family is simply to have your home tested to determine how much radon gas it contains. If your home does not contain unsafe levels of radon, you will likely not need any further work on your home at that time. However, you should continue to have your home tested at regular intervals to make sure that you are aware if your house’s radon gas levels do begin to become problematic.
If your house does contain excessive levels of radon, SWAT Environmental will be able to draw from several different strategies to complete the radon mitigation process. The exact procedures used will depend on the source of the radon, its levels and the structure of your house. For example, radon can be mitigated by preventative measures to stop the release of radon gas into the basement in the first place. The basement and lower level are the primary areas of concern in a home since they are the closest to the ground, which is the radon gas’s source. Therefore, installing sealants and barriers to deflect the radon gas from entering the home can significantly decrease your radon levels. Additionally, SWAT specialists can set up fan, ventilation and pressurization systems to ensure that all traces of radon gas is forced out of your house and replaced with clean, fresh air.
Radon mitigation may not be at the top of your to-do list simply because you cannot see, smell or taste radon gas. However, the gas can still be deadly. Protect your family — call SWAT Environmental today for a radon mitigation quote.
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