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The Importance of Radon Mitigation in Delaware
Radon mitigation is simply a general term for the process used to relocate concentrations of radon gas inside occupied buildings to the outdoors. Radon gas is created from the breakdown of elements found naturally in the soil; when it dissipates into the open air, it is harmless. However, when it accumulates inside a building, it can become dangerous, potentially leading to lung cancer and other problems.
Home testing kits that will detect radon levels are sold commercially in Wilmington. These test kits include a collector that hangs in the lower floor of your home for up to seven days. After this period, you must then submit the collector to a laboratory for analysis. Professional testing, however, is faster and more accurate than home testing. The National Environmental Health Association publishes a list of professionals that specialize in radon measurement in the United States. In Wilmington, SWAT Environmental can handle this task — as well as full-fledged radon mitigation — both quickly and professionally.
SWAT Environmental Radon DE Testing and Radon Mitigation
Generally, an area’s radon levels will naturally fluctuate to some degree. Bad weather conditions and other factors can affect measurements, so an initial radon test may not be an accurate measure of your home’s actual radon gas levels. Therefore, even if your first test shows no radon risk, you should continue to have your home evaluated periodically to ensure that you and your family are protected. A radon test that measures at least 4.0 pCi/L in your house means that you should have SWAT Environmental start radon mitigation immediately.
The National Radon Proficiency Programs were developed for individuals and companies who wish to participate in examinations and training courses to develop competency in radon detection. Although this program is critical to ordinary radon mitigation for homeowners, it has also been important in the development of the real estate purchase radon test. Now when an individual considers buying real estate, a radon test is a standard part of the pre-purchase process. Prospective buyers are advised to decline or postpone their purchase if the seller has not reduced the levels of radon to less than 4.0 pCi/l within the home before the closing date. In the last two years, radon testing and the installation of radon mitigation systems has become a specialized industry. Many states have reported that the implementation of programs promoting radon awareness have been very effective.
SWAT Environmental can employ a variety of techniques as necessary to complete your radon mitigation. According to the EPA publication “A Citizens’ Guide to Radon,” the most commonly used radon mitigation technique involves the use of a fan and ventilation system to pull radon from underneath a house, allowing it to escape outside. This process is known as sub-slab depressurization; it is frequently used in combination with foundation sealing to prevent radon entrance, as well as with other techniques as necessary. SWAT Environmental technicians will be able to determine the optimal radon mitigation setup for your home to ensure that your family is kept safe.
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