Archive for April, 2012
High radon levels are extremely dangerous, radon is a cancer-inducing radioactive gas that can neither be seen nor smelt. Radon levels can rise within your home without you having any idea about it. This particular gas is reported to be the cause of up to 20,000 deaths annually worldwide. Most of these deaths are due to lung cancer caused by over-exposure to concentrated radon levels. In fact, medical experts and researchers consider radon gas to be the second leading cause of lung cancer within the United States — smoking, of course, being the first cause. An individual who is a heavy smoker and who lives in a home that contains high radon levels faces a tremendous risk for lung disease. A significant number of households in the West Hartford, Connecticut region have been found to contain elevated radon levels.
Sources of a Home’s Radon Levels
Radon gas is created during the natural radioactive decay of uranium contained in the soil and water. It then mixes with the air that you breathe in. Radon can be found all over the United States, including in West Hartford, Connecticut. It can accumulate in any type of structure, including homes, schools and office buildings. Still, you and your family will most likely be at the greatest risk for harmful radon gas effects at home, since this is where you sleep and spend a significant portion of your waking hours. As the radon is created in the ground, it gradually mingles with the open air. However, it can enter your house through cracks in solid flooring, construction joints, spaces in walls and foundations, gaps in suspended flooring and even the water supply.
Determining a Home’s Radon Levels
Testing is the only viable means of identifying if you and your family are being exposed to unsafe radon levels. The Environmental Protection Agency and the Surgeon General strongly recommend testing all households under the third floor for the gas. The EPA also advocates testing in schools. Testing for radon exposure is not difficult; the easiest and most accurate means of doing so is to have radon experts from SWAT Environmental perform a professional radon test.
If this test finds excessively high radon levels in your home, you will need to have a radon gas reduction system from SWAT Environmental installed. Various types of radon reduction systems can drop the radon levels in and around your home by nearly 99 percent. Some components of this system will be designed to remove radon gas from your house; other components will be designed to prevent it from getting in again.
The most important thing is simply to be informed about the dangers of high radon levels, as well as about the specific levels in your home. This allows you to take steps to protect your family before they are put at risk from high radon levels.
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