Archive for March, 2012
Managing Radon Gas in Chattanooga with Radon Mitigation
Radon gas is a nationwide problem, and exposure to the gas is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. To say the least, it can be frightening to learn that your Chattanooga home has been contaminated with radon. Therefore, you should have SWAT Environmental check the radon gas levels in your home on a regular basis. If a problem does begin to arise, SWAT Environmental will be able to rectify the problem with radon mitigation before the gas leads to any serious health issues.
Radon gas exposure can lead to such health conditions as cancer, asthma, allergies, fatigue, headaches and rashes, among others. Radon can be especially harmful to small children; therefore, you must take early steps to protect your family by eliminating this dangerous gas. Since the gas is invisible and odorless, it cannot be detected without specialized equipment.
You can purchase a home testing kit from a hardware or home improvement store. A short-term kit will allow you to get the results in only a few days. You can also buy a long-term kit, which provides more accurate results but takes longer to return them. However, professional radon testing will be significantly more accurate than any form of home testing.
SWAT Environmental Radon Mitigation Tennessee
If the radon levels in your Chattanooga home are above the EPA recommended limit, you should have SWAT Environmental begin radon mitigation immediately. The gas can find its way into your home through the cracks in the floor or basement. Therefore, one of the first things the mitigation technicians will need to do is seal all of these crevices and cracks. In some cases, you will also need to have a plastic barrier installed in the crawl space or other lowest area of your basement. Of course, new cracks will often develop later, so this is only a partial solution.
The rest of the solution can be accomplished in some homes by installing a specialized ventilation system to remove contaminated air and bring in fresh, clean air. In others, a sub-slab pressurization system may be necessary to accomplish the same purpose. Even though this type of system can be a little inconvenient initially to have installed, it is frequently the most effective way to mitigate radon since it directs the gas into a custom network of pipes that route it to an exit above and out of your home.
After the installation of all necessary radon mitigation systems, you should continue to have professional tests of your air quality performed at regular intervals to ensure that the problem does not return and that all preventative measures are working properly. Chattanooga, Tennessee is a beautiful place to live and to raise a family. Therefore, if gas is invading your home, you need to take the proper steps to eliminate it immediately. With radon mitigation from SWAT Environmental, you can be confident that your family is safe from any potential health problems due to radon gas.
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