Archive for March, 2012
Winston-Salem Radon Gas and the Need for Radon Mitigation
Radon is a very dangerous gas that is not detectable by the human senses. It is odorless, colorless and occurs naturally. If sufficiently concentrated, it can be a serious health hazard; the United States Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA, has submitted numerous reports citing radon as the second leading cause of lung cancer in the country. Only cigarette smoking causes more lung cancer cases. It is reported that radon exposure account for 21,000 U.S. deaths from lung cancer each year. For this reason, it is highly recommended that you have SWAT Environmental test your home’s radon levels and begin radon mitigation if necessary.
The Triad region of North Carolina has experienced significant growth over the last decade. Winston-Salem, which is one of the largest cities in the state, is a part of this area. According to the North Carolina Radon Program’s report on several different screening samples, Winston-Salem radon levels are fairly typical compared to the rest of the state. That is not to say that your home may not be susceptible to radon; the Appalachian region overall tends to be fairly high in the soil elements that produce radon as they decompose. Therefore, if you are a Winston-Salem resident, it is very important that you have radon testing done by SWAT Environmental experts to ensure that your family is safe from this potentially hazardous gas.
SWAT Environmental Radon Mitigation North Carolina
In the state of North Carolina, a firm must be certified in order to perform radon tests and mitigation services. Depending on your unique needs, technicians may use passive or active radon testing. If it is found that you have an indoor radon level at or above 4.0 pCi/L — the safety cutoff established by the EPA — it will be necessary to begin mitigation immediately. SWAT Environmental can handle this process as well; their technicians will go over several different methods that can work together to mitigate your radon problem.
One of the more common radon mitigation techniques is the soil suction method, which pulls the radon out of the ground and then vents it away from your home via a piping system. In some cases, locating and sealing all cracks and other spaces in the foundation may help prevent the radon gas from getting in. This technique is often used in conjunction with another method such as house pressurization. House pressurization utilizes a custom fan system to create pressure differences, keeping the radon gas from entering your home. Another effective EPA-approved radon mitigation method involves the use of a heat recovery ventilator, which is a device that seeks to improve ventilation by warming and cooling the air inside the home, increasing its movement. Other types of ventilation and air movement systems may also be necessary in some houses. SWAT Environmental specialists will be able to determine what technique, or combination of techniques, will achieve the most effective radon mitigation in your home.
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