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Means of Radon Mitigation in Pittston, Pennsylvania
Radon is a radioactive gas that seeps out of the ground in many parts of the world. The gas often enters a home through the basement, gradually accumulating until it poses a significant danger to its occupants. Residents of much of Pennsylvania, including the Pittston area, should be particularly aware of the dangers of radon gas, since research has demonstrated that Pennsylvania contains some of the highest indoor radon concentrations ever recorded inside a home. In one notorious example, a Pennsylvania power plant employee repeatedly set off radiation alarms at work because of the high radon levels in his home. Even if you believe your home is radon-free, err on the side of caution — have SWAT Environmental test your home and begin radon mitigation if necessary.
Of course, simply living in the Pittston region does not necessarily mean that you are certain to have excessive levels of radon gas in your home. The release of the gas is not uniform across the region, and buildings quite near each other might contain very different gas levels. In addition, the way a home is constructed can have a major impact on how much of the gas actually gets inside a home. That is why testing is so important.
Home test kits allow you to get a rough idea of your home’s radon levels yourself. The test kit is usually hung in the lowest part of the house, such as the basement, for several days. Then you must ship the kit to a laboratory to get the results. Of course, a home kit will only give you an approximate reading; for faster and more accurate results, you should rely on SWAT Environmental’s professional testing.
SWAT Environmental Radon Mitigation PA
If your house is contaminated with radon gas, you will need to have SWAT Environmental technicians perform a radon mitigation. There are three primary methods that can be used to reduce the amount of radon gas in a home, often in conjunction with one another.
Sub-slab depressurization: This process, also known as soil suction, is perhaps the most effective method for eliminating radon gas from your home, with studies showing it can reduce radon by as much as 99 percent. Sub-slab depressurization works by drilling a hole through the slab floor into the soil under the house. A fan system then pulls the radon-containing air from underneath the house and expels it outside and above it.
Basement Ventilation: This relatively simple approach works by increasing the ventilation out of the basement to expel the gas before it can accumulate to dangerous levels. In most cases, a specialized system of fans is used to achieve sufficient ventilation.
Sealants: Several different types of sealants and barriers can be used to help prevent radon from entering your home at all. The goal is to block all the cracks or gaps that allow the radon to enter your house from the ground.
Reducing radon levels in your home is very important to your family’s health. The experts from SWAT Environmental will be able to ensure that the optimal radon mitigation systems are set up properly in your house, ensuring that you and your family are safe.
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