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Tuesday, March 20, 2012 @ 03:03 PM
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Fix Radon Gas Problems in Indiana With Radon Mitigation

Radon Mitigation IndianaRadon is a radioactive gas that is classified as a carcinogen — a substance that causes cancer. You are not able to see, taste or even smell radon gas. However, when it is present in your home, you and your family are at an increased risk for lung cancer and other health problems. In fact, radon gas is one of the leading causes of lung cancer in the United States.

Some homes in South Bend have been found to have to contain excessively high levels of radon gas. When uranium in soil, rocks and water breaks down, it creates radon gas; the gas can then enter your house through cracks in the foundation or basement, where its levels continue to rise. To find out if this is true of your home, you will need to have it tested; if you find out that your home does contain accumulating radon gas, you will be able to correct the problem with radon mitigation before it causes any serious harm.

Any type of home in the South Bend area can potentially develop a radon problem, whether new or old. Of course, those that are poorly sealed tend to be particularly vulnerable. Before purchasing a new home, therefore, you should have a radon test performed. If significant radon is detected, the seller needs to have the problem corrected with radon mitigation before completing the sale.

You should also have a radon test performed periodically in your own home to ensure that your family is not being put at risk. You can test for radon gas yourself using a home kit; they are available in most hardware stores or home improvement stores. However, you would be better off hiring a local company to perform the test for you, since their equipment and methods will be more accurate. Radon testers are required to be licensed in all states, including Indiana. You can find a local radon mitigation contractor who specializes in radon testing and radon mitigation by looking online or in the phone book.

SWAT Environmental Radon Mitigation Indiana

Removing radon gas from your home will require improved ventilation. A radon mitigation company can set up a specialized system to ensure the removal of any gas that has already collected in your basement, or in your crawlspace if your home sits on a slab. Of course, until this system begins running, you can improve the problem somewhat simply by opening all the windows in your home to increase the natural ventilation. Clean outside air will mix with the radon contaminated air to reduce the total gas level in the house. Finally, the mitigation company will be able to seal any cracks in the foundation of your home that are letting the radon enter in the first place.

If the radon company’s tests determine that you do not have a radon gas problem in your home, so much the better. In light of the consequences of allowing radon to accumulate, in this situation it is far better to be safe than sorry. Solve your radon mitigation problems by calling SWAT Environmental today!