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Radon 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.
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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.