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The Invisible Cigarette: Why You Need Radon Mitigation
Radon gas cannot be seen and cannot be smelled, but the Environmental Protection Agency estimates that it causes over 20,000 lung cancer deaths each year. Radon is a naturally occurring gas that results from the breakdown of uranium in soil, water and rock. Therefore, you should rely on SWAT Environmental’s radon mitigation specialists to ensure that your family is safe.
While radon gas is an issue every home should address, homes in the Columbia, Maryland area are particularly susceptible to high radon levels. Radon is the second highest cause of lung cancer in the Columbia area, as radon levels are generally higher in the northeast area of the United States. Columbia falls in Maryland’s highest potential home radon zone meaning that homes are predicted to contain as much as 4.0 picocuries per liter (pCi/L). Ideally, a home should contain less than 2.0 pCi/L; any home that contains over 4.0 pCi/L is at high risk and should have radon mitigation done immediately. Some Maryland homes have reported radon levels as high as 200 pCi/L, almost 50 times higher than EPA guidelines.
Radon is not harmful in the open air, but when it becomes trapped in a home it can quickly build up to toxic levels. The radioactive gas can seep through any gap or opening in a home, including cracks in its floors and foundations — even through the water supply. Living in a house with a 10.0 pCi/L level is the equivalent of smoking a pack of cigarettes a day.
SWAT Environmental Radon Remediation & Radon Mitigation Maryland
Although Maryland has yet to establish an official radon program, SWAT Environmental specialists can handle all necessary radon mitigation measures in your home. Houses with a high radon level may require the installation of a variety of radon mitigation systems. Most new homes in the Howard County region, as with most new homes in any high potential radon zone, are now being built with radon resistant features. Therefore, adding them to your home can not only help protect your family; it can also help significantly boost its resale value.
Although radon most often enters a home by rising out of the soil beneath it, it can also sometimes enter it through its water. Although soil entry poses a much greater risk, high radon levels in water can also cause health problems after inhalation or ingestion. Ground water systems are at the highest risk for radon contamination. Most public water suppliers test point-of-entry radon levels, but private wells based on ground water should be tested for radon independently.
Radon testing can be as simple as purchasing a home radon detector. However, these do-it-yourself kits will not return the extremely accurate results you can expect from professional testing. Similarly, it is important to not simply hire a general contractor to attempt your radon mitigation. A certified radon mitigation firm like SWAT Environmental can complete a far more thorough and precise check of your home than can a general company, ensuring that your family truly is protected from the radon problem.
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Radon Maryland and Radon Gas Problems
If you are in the market for a home in the Columbia area, you may have the property tested as part of the purchase process. But if you already own a home in the Columbia area you may not think that radon testing is that important. That would be a big mistake, since radon gas is a serious problem throughout Maryland and throughout the entire country.
Radon is also a leading cause of deaths from lung cancer, and that makes it a danger to everyone who lives in your Columbia area home. If you have not yet had your property tested for radon contamination, now is the perfect time to act. The health impacts of radon gas rise over time, so the longer you delay having the property tested the greater the risk to yourself and your family could be.
Radon Mitigation Maryland
Even though having your home tested for radon is an important thing to do, you need to do some homework and prepare carefully. One of the most important things to do is to choose the right radon testing company. Radon gas is impossible to detect with the naked eye, and it requires special testing equipment to find. It is important to choose a company with lots of experience and expertise at finding radon.
It is also important to choose a radon testing company with specific experience in the Columbia area, since different parts of the country have different issues with radon gas. Choosing a company with local expertise is one of the best things you can do to protect your heath and the health of your family.
Radon Testing Maryland and Radon Gas Remediation
When you make an appointment with SWAT Environmental, you can expect a technician to arrive at your Columbia with the specialized testing equipment needed to detect even small amounts of the radioactive gas. The technician will examine several parts of your home, including the basement. That is because radon gas often enters a home through the basement, since it seeps up from the underlying soil and rocks underneath your home. That means the basement often has higher levels of radon gas than the rest of the home, but over time those levels can build up and put your health at risk.
SWAT Environmental may also test the water coming into your home, since that is another way radon gas gets into local properties. Many contaminated wells have already been discovered in the Columbia area, and that means your home could be at risk. By testing both the air inside your home and the water, SWAT Environmental can examine all possible points of entry.
If you have not yet had your home tested for radon, it is important to act as soon as possible. Taking a few minutes to contact SWAT Environmental could save your family years of future health problems by mitigation any radon gas problems.