Archive for March, 2012
Radon Gas in Michigan Solved with Radon Mitigation
If you are a resident of Kalamazoo, Michigan, you may have heard of the radon gas threat in your area. However, you may not understand the real extent of this threat. Radon is known for being a leading cause of lung cancer for smokers and nonsmokers alike, so the gas can pose a serious danger for anyone who lives in this region. If you live in Kalamazoo, you should have SWAT Environmental test your home tested for radon gas regularly, simply as a precaution. If radon mitigation is necessary, SWAT Environmental can handle that as well.
Radon is a radioactive gas formed from the natural decay of uranium in the soil; this uranium is particularly prevalent in the soil and rock of the Kalamazoo area. The resulting gas has no taste, color or odor. Radon gas is gradually released from the ground into the air over time, but because its concentrations are very low in the open air, the airborne radon does not present a serious danger to Kalamazoo residents. The real danger with radon occurs when the gas in the air is concentrated in a confined space, such as the interior of a house or other building. Inside a house, radon gas can eventually build to toxic levels, putting the residents of the house or building at risk for lung cancer and other radon-caused illness.
SWAT Environmental Radon Testing Michigan and Radon Mitigation
Obviously, then, you should not take the possibility of radon gas in your home lightly. No warning symptoms are seen in residents of a radon-invested house, and the potential for lung cancer is a very real danger with radon. Kalamazoo residents can receive a short-term radon testing kit from the Kalamazoo County Health and Community Services Department for ten dollars, or a long-term kit for twenty dollars. Both kits are available for purchase online. If your home test shows radon levels above 4 pCi/L, you should contact SWAT Environmental immediately for radon mitigation. SWAT Environmental can also handle professional-grade radon testing of your home, which is significantly more reliable and accurate than home testing.
Radon can enter a house through several different means, such as through a contaminated well or cracks in the foundation. It will then continue to collect over time, its levels building inside the house. Therefore, the first step of radon mitigation from SWAT Environmental is simply finding the source of contamination and then blocking it off. The remainder of the radon mitigation specialists’ efforts will then go toward removing from your home any radon gas it already contains, and toward preventing it from returning. Depending on such factors as the severity of your radon problem, the structure of your house and the construction of your foundation constructed, SWAT Environmental can install a variety of different systems that use air movement and pressure to complete the radon mitigation process — and to protect your family from the harmful effects of radon gas.
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