Archive for January, 2012
Take Advantage of National Radon Action Month and Available Discounts to Have Your Raleigh Home Tested
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has designated January as National Radon Action Month. The U.S. Surgeon General and the EPA are urging all residents to protect themselves at this time by having their properties tested for radon, a known carcinogen. Radon enters homes throughout the United States, putting people at risk of developing lung cancer. Unless it is removed from any Raleigh home in which it is found, the individuals living there are in danger of becoming seriously ill.
What is Radon?
Formed when uranium breaks down, radon gas builds up beneath the earth’s surface. As it runs out of space to exist in, this noxious gas begins to seep upward through cracks in the ground until it reaches an escape point. If you live in Raleigh, then your home is at risk of having radon find its way into your home through cracks in its foundation or walls. It can also enter your property through utility entry points or ground water access.
Radon doesn’t have a taste, isn’t visible, and doesn’t carry an odor. Unless you have your Raleigh area home tested for it, you will never know that it is there until it is too late (when someone is diagnosed with non-small cell lung cancer).
What Raleigh Area Residents Need to Know about Radon
The first fact that Raleigh residents should realize is that radon contamination is entirely preventable. If radon is discovered in your home through testing, it is possible to eliminate this danger by undergoing radon mitigation procedures. The EPA has determined that levels below 4.0 pci/L are safe. However, homes that show evidence of having radon levels greater than 4.0 pci/L should implement radon mitigation strategies as soon as possible.
The number of people who die each year due to radon contamination is estimated at 20,000. Since radon levels can vary throughout the year, it is important to have your Raleigh area home tested at least once or twice every couple of years. No matter what style of architecture your Raleigh home has or how many floors are found in your home, it can still have radon contamination. In fact, whether or not you have an attic, basement, or crawl space, your Raleigh area home can have high levels of radon contamination.
Take Action and Have Your Raleigh Area Home Tested by SWAT during National Radon Action Month.
January is the beginning of a new year, making it the perfect month to have your home tested by professionals for this radioactive gas. It is also the best time to arrange for radon mitigation services through SWAT, the largest radon gas mitigator in the country. Offering price discounts throughout the entire month of January in recognition of National Radon Action Month, SWAT has more certified technicians than many other mitigation companies.
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