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The Dangers of Radon in Pennsylvania
Residents of Central PA have more reason than most to worry about radon. The same environmental and geological factors that make Pittston, Pennsylvania such a wonderful place to mine coal can also make it a dangerous place to live in terms of radon contamination.
That is because radon is often present in high quantities in the bedrock that underlies so many Pittston, PA homes. Those homes, many of which were built in the boom years of the coal industry, are sitting on bedrock. That bedrock often contains small cracks and fissures, and those cracks and fissures can emit the radon trapped in the ground and cause it to leak into those Pennsylvania homes.
To make matters worse, many of those same Central Pennsylvania homes have developed small hairline cracks that can emit radon into the basements of those homes. Since radon is a gas, it can travel through just about any surface, including the tiniest cracks in the basement walls. Even if your Pennsylvania home is structurally sound and you can detect no problems, there could be tiny imperceptible cracks. Those tiny cracks can be enough to emit that deadly radon into your Central PA home.
And once that radon enters your Central PA home through the basement, it can quickly permeate the entire living space where you and your family hang out every day. Radon problems get worse over time, and if you have a radon problem you are not aware of you could be putting yourself and your family at risk.
That is because radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the Central PA region, and this radioactive gas could be putting your entire family at risk. The only way you can be sure that your Central PA home is radon-free is to have it tested.
Call S.W.A.T Environmental to Request a Radon Mitigation Quote
Fortunately, there are a number of companies licensed to test for radon in the Central PA region. Since the Central PA area is known as a hotbed of radon contamination, you should have no problem getting your home tested. Once you have your Central PA home tested for radon, you can start to take the necessary steps to protect yourself and your family.
A good Central PA radon testing company will examine your home inside and out, looking for evidence of radon contamination. The initial radon inspection might focus on the basement of the home, since that is where most radon will be concentrated in Central PA residences. But the radon testing company might also test the rest of your Central PA home, including the rooms where you and your children sleep.
If high levels of radon are detected in your Central PA home, the next step is for the radon testing company to decide where that radon is coming from. Once they know how the radon is entering your home, they will be able to work with you on a plan to get rid of that existing radon and stop new sources of radon from entering your Central PA home.
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Radon Poses Serious Health Risks To Pennsylvania Residents
Radon gas is a potential cause of lung cancer, even for those who have never smoked. The chances of getting lung cancer increase in smokers exposed to radon. This gas appears in homes in all fifty states, including Pennsylvania. Radon is colorless and odorless, and the only way to know a home has it is to conduct a test. Radon gas testing takes at least two days to several months.
Radon seeps into homes from uranium naturally present in the soil below. In Pennsylvania, three-fourths of the counties in the eastern portion of the state have a moderate risk and the other quarter have a high risk of indoor radon from the local geology, soil type and other factors. Those living in single-floor dwellings and homes with basements are at highest risk for exposure to radon gas, but other homeowners are not immune from this toxin. Regardless of the type of home or local risk for radon, every home should be tested for elevated levels. These high and moderate risk areas indicate that those living in Pittston are likely to need radon remediation or P.A. radon mitigation.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends radon levels in homes to be lower than 4 pCi/L. For homes tested to have levels at or above this threshold, mitigation is necessary. Most homeowners must rely on a professional remediation service, especially in the high risk regions of the eastern counties of Pennsylvania.
There are many techniques used by Pennsylvania radon mitigation companies. Most will employ a type of sub-slab depressurization system. This creates a pressure zone between the house and the slab to block radon gas from rising in to the home. It will require the installation of fans and pipes under the concrete slab. Pier-and-beam homes with crawl spaces can benefit from a similar system.
Contact S.W.A.T Environmental For a Radon Mitigation Quote
The P.A. radon mitigation company will make an assessment of the home and the radon levels and recommend the best system to keep radon gas out of the home. Many factors play a role in remediation and mitigation of radon in Pennsylvania. Homeowners should be aware that a mitigation system that worked for their neighbor might not be adequate for their own home. Even within neighborhoods, radon levels can differ from home to home; therefore the systems needed to keep radon out will need to be customized to the home.
Homeowners who require Pennsylvania mitigation services should check the prior record of the company and the region the business operates in. Post remediation testing of the home should verify that the company completed the task as needed.
Even after remediation, a homeowner should periodically test the home to ensure the installed system continues to operate effectively. The best Pennsylvania radon mitigation companies will keep a home safe from excessive levels of radon for years with a properly installed system.
Radon is deadly. In homes in Pennsylvania are at an increased risk for higher than normal levels of radon. To avoid the carcinogenic effects of radon, a trusted Pennsylvania radon mitigation company should come to evaluate the property and install a system to keep the toxic radon out of the home.