Archive for March, 2012
Radon NC and Raleigh: What You Should Know About Radon Mitigation North Carolina
Radon is an odorless, colorless gas that exists naturally in varying concentrations throughout the world. While it is harmless when dispersed outside, it can be dangerous when it builds up in enclosed areas. Radon exposure is the second leading cause of lung cancer-related deaths, with only smoking causing more; estimates suggest as many as 30,000 people die from radon-related illnesses each year in the U.S. This is believed to actually be a low estimate since families and health care providers are often unaware of elevated radon levels in their home, and therefore do not always realize its connection with the health problem in question. Radon mitigation from SWAT Environmental can help prevent this from happening to you.
While it has been known for some time that elevated radon levels exist in large areas of the Upper Piedmont and surrounding regions, there is no requirement that homes be tested for radon levels during inspections. Many buyers fail to do so because of the extra cost involved. Many homeowners in the four main counties that make up the Piedmont Region of the state have become concerned, however, as recent reports have demonstrated some of the highest concentrations of radon in the state in these areas. In fact, according to the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources, this area’s reported levels now equal those found in the higher elevations of the Blue Ridge Mountains, which previously had been consistently reported as having significantly higher concentrations of the gas than any other part of the state.
When it became apparent that increasing numbers of homes tested for radon gas in Raleigh were indicating significantly elevated radon levels, investigations for the reasons behind this trend were launched. It was discovered that the area of Wake County where Raleigh is located sits on a huge granite formation, one of the rock forms prone to uranium deposits, which create radon. As such, radon testing and radon mitigation have become major focuses within the city, both for residences and for other types of buildings.
SWAT Environmental Radon Mitigation Raleigh
Although do-it-yourself radon testing kits can cost as little as $10, the accuracy of these types of tests can be questionable. To ensure more accurate results, you should hire SWAT Environmental experts to conduct the testing, especially in areas known to have high concentrations of radon such as Raleigh. These professionals can effectively measure the radon concentration in the air of your home as well as in its water.
If your home contains more radon gas than is safe, SWAT’s specialists can perform the necessary radon mitigation steps. The North Carolina Radon Program, which is run by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, certifies quality radon mitigation companies. While radon mitigation can be initially inconvenient, given the negative effects that the gas can have on health including death, it is important to have a system installed as soon as possible should elevated levels be discovered in your home.
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