Archive for February, 2012
Should Raleigh Residents Undergo Radon Gas Testing?
Did you know that many of the residents of the United States are at risk of finding their homes contaminated by the presence of radon gas? Certain areas have an even greater risk, including Raleigh, North Carolina. If you currently live in the NC, then you may want to consider having radon gas testing in your home.
What is Radon Gas?
Radon comes from the natural breakdown of uranium beneath the earth’s surface. It is an odorless carcinogenic (cancer causing) gas. Radon is invisible and does not carry a taste to it. This deadly gas is known to cause non-small cell lung cancer. While the prognosis is better than other forms of lung cancer, it is still possible that someone with this form of lung cancer will die from it, depending on the length of the exposure, the levels of radon gas, and other mitigating factors.
Radon gas enters your Raleigh home in any number of ways. It gets in through construction joints and cavities in the walls. It can enter through your water supply or the gaps around the pipes. Radon gas enters buildings though cracks in the floors and cracks in the walls. Once radon gets into a Raleigh home, it generally remains there unless radon gas mitigation takes place.
Radon NC Gas Detectors
A variety of radon gas detectors are available that can check/monitor the existing level in your home. They include both active and passive devices. Since the level of radon gas contamination can vary from one month to the next, it is important to have your Raleigh home tested several times a year to determine the true risk that this gas poses for your family.
A passive radon gas device does not need power to work. The following are all types of passive radon gas detectors: charcoal liquid scintillation device, alpha-track detector, and charcoal canister.
An active radon gas detector needs power in order to function properly. This type of device works continuously to monitor the level of radon within your Raleigh home, recording any variation in levels over several months or more. This particular device is most commonly used by air quality professionals or radon gas mitigators.
Raleigh Radon Mitigation
If the levels of radon gas within your home exceed 4 picocuries per liter (pCi/L), then radon gas mitigation strategies are recommended by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to lower them. Radon contamination that reaches this level is considered extremely dangerous, and the EPA recommends minimizing these levels as soon as possible to protect the lives of Raleigh residents from developing non-small cell lung cancer.
A reliable, licensed radon gas mitigation company can implement the necessary strategies using specialized equipment. Once installed, your radon gas mitigation techniques will keep the levels of radon contamination in your home well below their existing levels. In some cases, it is possible that radon gas mitigation procedures will reduce the levels to a nearly non-existent presence.
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