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Fix Radon Gas Problems in Indiana With Radon Mitigation
Radon 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!
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Indiana Radon Gas Mitigation
Finding out that your Indiana area home has high levels of radon gas is frightening to say the least. Radon gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer, so the danger to Indiana area residents is very real. Until you have your home tested for radon, you can never truly know that your family is not at risk.
If you have not yet had your South Bend area home tested for radon, now is the perfect time to do so. If the results of the testing shows only normal background levels of radiation, you do not have anything to worry about. If the testing shows that your home does have high levels of radon gas, you have some important decisions to make.
Radon Mitigation Indiana for South Bend Residents
There are several different ways to mitigate a radon problem in a South Bend area home. The exact procedure will depend on a number of factors, including the extent of the problem, the concentration of radioactive radon inside the home and the source of the contamination.
For instance, radon gas often enters homes through tiny cracks in the foundation or basement walls. Once inside the basement of the home, the gas quickly rises and infiltrates the main living space of the property.
When radon is getting into the home through the foundation or the basement, mitigating the problem might involve sealing up those tiny cracks and stopping any new gas from getting in. Further mitigation steps can include equalizing the pressure in the interior and exterior of the home. This pressure equalization can prevent new radon gas from getting into the home, certainly an important consideration for any homeowner.
SWAT Environmental Indiana Radon Gas Mitigation
If the results of the testing show that the radon is getting into your home through a contaminated well, the mitigation process will revolve around stopping the contamination at its source. SWAT Environmental will first determine exactly how the radon gas is getting into the water, and then we will attempt to stop it at the source. In many cases we will repeat the radon test after the mitigation procedures are complete, just to make sure that your home is truly safe.
In the end, the type of radon mitigation used in your Indiana home will depend on the exact nature of the problem. SWAT Environmental is a quality radon testing company with experience in the South Bend area, we have the expertise to determine exactly where the contamination is coming from. Once we know that, we will be able to take the necessary steps to protect yourself, your family and your Indiana home from radon gas.