Archive for February, 2012
What Delaware Residents Need to Know About Radon Gas
Did you know that radon gas contamination is quite common in certain areas of the United States? Radon gas is formed beneath the surface of the earth when uranium, which is found in all types of soil, begins the natural decaying process. As a larger volume of this radioactive gas is formed, it begins to travel through the cracks and crevices in the ground around it. Eventually, the radon gas reaches the surface of the earth, where it escapes either into the atmosphere or into a building.
Radon Delaware & Radon Gas Testing
Wilmington, Delaware residents who are exposed to high levels of this radioactive contamination should learn everything they can about radon gas in order to protect themselves and their families. Radon gas is a carcinogen that causes non-small cell lung cancer in individuals living in contaminated homes for long periods of time. The risk of developing lung cancer is even greater if you smoke. While this type of lung cancer is treatable, people who develop can die from it.
One of the most important facts that Wilmington, Delaware residents should know about radon gas is that it does not readily exit your home. In fact, this carcinogen typically remains trapped in your home for days, eventually breaking down into smaller particulates known as radon daughters. These tiny atoms generally attach themselves to dust particles or they are inhaled and attach themselves to the lungs.
What Wilmington, Delaware Residents Should Know Radon Gas Detectors
Since radon gas is odorless, colorless, and tasteless, the only way to discover its presence is to arrange for radon gas testing. Once your home is tested for contamination, the next step is to arrange for radon mitigation if the levels are too high. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends arranging for radon mitigation strategies if your home tests positive for this gas at a level greater than 4 picocuries per liter (pCi/L). According to the EPA, at least the two lower levels of a home located in the Wilmington, Delaware area (as well as other areas of concern) should be tested for the presence of this contaminant.
Wilmington, Delaware residents can arrange for radon gas testing, call SWAT Environmental today for a free quote. Passive radon gas detectors (charcoal canisters, alpha-track detectors, and charcoal liquid scintillation devices) do not require power, and they obtain results in just a few days. Active radon gas detectors do require power since they assess a home’s exposure to radon gas over several months.
Radon Gas Mitigation Strategies for Delaware Residents
Radon gas mitigation is necessary to remove and prevent high levels of radon from occurring again. SWAT Environmental is a qualified and professional radon mitigation company. SWAT Environmental can properly install the necessary equipment to disperse existing levels of radon and to prevent its buildup in the future. Several methods of radon mitigation are available. Which one is used depends on the type of radon gas contamination that your Delaware home has.
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