Archive for March, 2012
Radon Gas and MN Radon Mitigation
In Minneapolis, roughly one out of three homes will have radon levels that could become a serious health risk to the people who live there. Therefore, you may be wondering what exactly radon gas is. The simple answer is that radon is a radioactive gas that cannot be seen or smelled, but that can enter your house from the ground. Technically, radon gas is present almost everywhere; however, it becomes a problem when it grows to concentrated levels inside an enclosed home.
One of the reasons that Minneapolis has such a problem with radon gas is because of the region’s geology, which produces an ongoing supply of radon. However, this is not a problem if you check your home’s radon levels regularly, and deal with any developing problems before they become serious. Forgetting to do so could be a deadly mistake.
SWAT Environmental Radon Testing Minnesota
Your first job is to have your home tested to determine the amount of radon gas that it contains. The results of this test will determine whether or not you need to take further action (radon mitigation) to help reduce the amount of radon that is present in your home, and will let you know if you are currently safe from it. If its radon gas level is higher than 4 pCi/L, you need to take radon mitigation steps to remove the gas from your home — and to prevent it from returning — since anything above that level is considered hazardous to your health.
Your next job is to seal of all the cracks and other openings in your basement. This will stop the point of entry through which the radon gas is able to enter your house. You will also need to increase the level of air flow in your basement. One of the things that leads to excessive radon levels is still air that allows the gas to accumulate. If the air is kept in motion, any radon that does enter the basement will gradually dissipate. Of course, significant radon entering the house can still be dangerous.
The basement is also a location of particular concern because many homes in Minnesota contain what is known as negative pressure. That negative pressure can further contribute to stagnant air, and can pull the radon gas down into the lower levels of your home. Therefore, you may need a pressurization system to help block radon entry. A qualified radon mitigation specialist can advice you on whether this is necessary, and will be able to confirm that all radon gas has been mitigated afterwards. On average, a radon mitigation system will be able to reduce the average radon level below the 2 pCi/L level.
Call SWAT Environmental For a Free Radon Mitigation Quote Today!
Radon gas can be deadly, so it is important that you have your home checked every now and then — even if you believe it is not an issue for your house. If you do find excessive radon gas in your home, you will be able to take corrective measures before the gas levels become dangerous. Make sure your home and family is safe by getting a radon mitigation quote as soon as possible.
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