Archive for March, 2012
Pennsylvania Residents are Vulnerable to Radon Gas – Why you Should Consider Radon Mitigation
Radon gas & radon mitigation, which is considered a serious health hazard, is an unfortunately common problem in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. It is of particular concern for those living in the central part of Lancaster County. However, there are several possible ways to mitigate radon gas, reducing the health risk it presents to you and your family, so call SWAT Environmental to determine which strategies will work best in your home.
Radon is a colorless and odorless radioactive gas that can develop from the decay of elements found naturally in the soil. Its levels can escalate when it is trapped in a home, especially in the basement or lower level. Long exposure to excessive accumulation of this hazardous substance can lead to lung cancer as well as other health problems. Many real estate contracts in Lancaster now require a radon test prior to selling or listing a property.
You should have your home tested on a regular basis to ensure that it does not contain dangerous amounts of radon gas. Technicians from SWAT Environmental will be able to determine your home’s exact radon levels. If these levels are too high, they will be able to recommend and complete the optimal radon mitigation.
During the radon mitigation, the inspectors will normally first locate any cracks and openings in your basement and foundation. These openings are often the means by which radon gas enters your house from the ground, so sealing them can help reduce your problem (although this alone will not necessarily correct your problem entirely). A specialized sump cover may also help take care of the radon problem.
SWAT Environmental Radon Mitigation Pennsylvania
The SWAT Environmental technicians will then proceed to clean and tightly seal any exposed vent pipes within the home. Sealing vent pipes with urethane caulk or a similar sealant normally helps reduce the radon entering the home. The caulk hardens and forms a strong barrier to prevent the gas’s entrance. Of course, it is also necessary to deal with the radon already contained in your home, as well as any that might enter in the future. In some homes, this problem can be solved via a pressurization system that prevents the gas from entering at all. In others, it can be solved via an aeration system that is designed to quickly ventilate the gas outside, replacing it with fresh, clean air. The complexity and extensiveness of this aeration system will vary depending on your house’s layout and the severity of its radon gas problem. In many cases the aeration system will need to be set up along with a pressurization system and a complete sealing.
Keep in mind that since radon gas affects indoor air quality so severely that you could become extremely ill if you continue to breathe the contaminated air, the problem should be rectified as quickly and completely as possible. Call SWAT Environmental radon mitigation to ensure that you and your family are protected today.
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