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The Importance of Testing for Radon Gas in South Bend, Indiana
There are many areas of the country that are battling the effects of radon. South Bend, Indiana is no exception to this rule. Many homeowners today are just beginning to learn about radon gas. The advancement in public awareness has steadily increased over the last twenty years, but there are still many people who are unaware of the danger of exposure to high radon levels. This may be due in part to the fact that radon gas goes unnoticed and undetected by the senses. Radon gas is a naturally formed gas that is created under the ground. Because it is tasteless, odorless and colorless, many people ignore the fact that it could be a threat to their own health and that of their family. However, the truth is that radon gas can be deadly in high amounts. In fact, recent studies show that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in this country.
The Creation of High Radon Levels
Most of the time, radon gas emanates from a rock bed or ledge under the home. When uranium and similar elements found naturally in this rock breaks down, it creates radon. Outdoors, radon has no ill effect on people as it is diffused by the open air. However, in an enclosed home, it can become deadly over time.
Detecting Radon Levels in a Home
The first step in protecting your family from the harmful impact of radon gas exposure is to have the radon levels in your home tested. This testing is safe, easy and effective, as well as fairly inexpensive. You can perform the test yourself if you wish as long as you are very careful to follow the instructions on the test kit exactly to ensure that your readings are accurate. However, many people have the experts from SWAT Environmental perform a professional test. These experts can come out to your home and will set out canisters on its lowest level. The canisters must be set in areas that will be left completely undisturbed during the testing process. This test usually requires 72 hours of undisturbed exposure, after which the canisters are then brought to a lab for analysis.
What to do if Radon Levels are Too High
If the test results indicate that there are excessive radon levels seeping into your home, you should have SWAT Environmental’s specialists design a mitigation system to remove the radon gas from your house. Of course, you might be able to accomplish some light mitigation measures yourself, such as improving minor ventilation or sealing the foundation cracks that let radon gas into a house from the ground outside. However, considering the consequences of extended radon exposure, in most cases SWAT’s technicians will need to install a more extensive system to prevent the gas from getting into your house and to decrease the radon levels that have already accumulated.
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