Archive for March, 2012
Radon Levels and Radon Mitigation Michigan
The Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA, has designed a radon gas mapping zone that is color specific for each U.S. State. The county zoning areas are broken into high, moderate and low-risk potential screening regions. The determinant for radon levels consists of a combination of soil, air, geological or foundational and indoor measurements. Lansing, Michigan is a proponent of radon testing via its Filley Street location for the Environmental Resource Management Division, Radiological Protection Section of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.
Residential and commercial owners of the east side of the Grand River, the residential and commercial west side, the suburban and rural northwest side and the more populous south side of Lansing can contact the Environmental Quality Department. The Department will mail a free DIY radon testing kit which contains a device for taking radon measurements. They will then analyze this device and return a report to you. Lansing is presently hosting an Indoor Radon Program which provides free information on radon gas and its risks.
Radon Testing Michigan and Radon Mitigation
Radon gas is colorless, odorless and radioactive. It is a heavy stable gas that is sometimes used in radiotherapy; however, if you are continually exposed to excessively high levels of radon, it can potentially cause a variety of health problems. If your home test determines that your house contains accumulating radon gas, you should contact SWAT Environmental immediately to begin the radon mitigation process. Of course, if you wish to determine for certain whether your house’s radon gas levels are safe, you can have SWAT Environmental technicians perform a more precise test for you as well.
Lansing provides a free consumer pamphlet guide entitled “A Citizen’s Guide to Radon: The Guide to Protecting Yourself and Your Family from Radon.” The radon information within this guide is provided by the United Nation’s World Health Organization, the EPA and the U.S. Surgeon General’s Office. Radon is not just a U.S. health risk; it is quite common all over the world. Within the last few years in particular, analysts began to notice an increased appearance of lung cancer in dwellings where people did not smoke. These agencies have identified radon as a carcinogen that can be directly responsible for causing lung cancer.
If your home contains unsafe radon gas levels, SWAT Environmental technicians can employ a variety of radon mitigation techniques to rectify the problem. Active soil depressurization, which uses a system of PVC piping and an electric radon suction fan, is one of the most effective methods of ridding buildings of radon gas. The PVC piping is placed at the lower level of the structure, penetrating the basement slab with an upward point that is connected to a radon fan in the uppermost part of a building, preferably the attic. Radon is only poisonous to the human body when it is trapped within a structure. Active moving air, then, is the best means of mitigation. Another technique for reducing radon gas is called the “passive” method; it includes sealing cracks, openings and holes with a specialized masonry sealant. Both of these techniques, and others as well, may be necessary to correct the radon issue in your home; SWAT Environmental will be able to install a radon mitigation system that is necessary to ensure that your family is safe.
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