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Tuesday, April 17, 2012 @ 04:04 PM
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Lansing radon levelsRadon is a poisonous gas troubling the residents of Lansing, Michigan. When it builds up inside a home, it can pose immediate health problems for the family that is living there. Worse yet, this gas is not detectable by human senses, and could therefore be inside your home without you even realizing it.

What is the Source of Built-Up Radon Levels?

Radon gas is a byproduct of certain decaying elements found beneath the earth’s surface. Uranium and thorium, both radioactive elements founds in soil, are the most common culprits. They have been a part of the earth’s makeup for as long as records have been kept. When they start to decay, they produce the single atom radon gas, which is also on the radioactive chart and is extremely toxic when inhaled in concentrated levels.

The Risks Associated with High Radon Levels

The gas itself has no taste or scent, nor can it be seen. This makes it very difficult for people to detect the gas at all, and far more dangerous if these subtle intrusions are underestimated. In fact, radon poisoning is the second leading cause of lung cancer behind smoking. It kills over 20,000 people each year in the United States, making it a very lethal gas if left unchecked.

The gas has a natural tendency to push its way out of the earth. This is where it presents the problem for those living in Lansing homes. Miniscule cracks in the foundation can provide the gas with an escape route from the ground into your house. SWAT Environmental offers professional testing to determine if your home contains excessive radon levels.

How to Eradicate Radon Levels

Fortunately, once radon gas reaches the outdoors, it dissipates harmlessly into the open air. Therefore, your primarily goal if your home contains radon is to simply direct it to the outside. One of the effective methods for doing this is through slab depressurization, in which the radon mitigation specialist uses suction to pull the radon from beneath your home to a safe release point, preventing it from getting into your house.

Another effective method for dealing with high radon levels is to build it an exit path inside the home. This is done by creating an inconspicuous ventilation system from the basement to the roof for a safe release back into the atmosphere. Of course, it is also important to ensure that the gas is released well away from easy access points into your home. There is no sense in releasing the gas right next to a window where it can easily find its way back in.

Of course, these are all points that can be handled by the radon mitigation experts from SWAT Environmental. They can plan and implement the best course of action to protect you and your family from the harmful effects of high radon levels.