Radon Abatement for Pittston, PA Homes
The High Cost of Radon as an Unwanted Basement Tenant in Pittston
While there are emotional and financial costs associated with relatives moving into a family’s basement, those costs pale in comparison to the havoc that can be associated with having radon as a tenant. According to United States Environmental Protection Agency, radon gas causes an estimated 21,000 lung cancer deaths each year, second only to cigarette smoking. Radon, an invisible, naturally occurring radioactive gas, is formed from the decay of uranium in the soil. The gas then percolates upwards into a home through cracks and holes in its foundation and ends up trapped in its basement, gradually infecting the rest of the house.
The Importance of Radon Abatement in Pittston
Radon may be more prevalent in Pittston because of the fact that Pittston is well known for coal mining. In a study conducted by the Environmental Radon Group which appeared in the Journal of Environmental Radioactivity, researchers showed that radon and its daughter compounds were responsible for cancer in mine workers. Mining frees radon which then affects the miners. Knowing how people are exposed is important in minimizing exposure. Radon exists either as a gas or as particles, which means that people either inhale or swallow radon. Exposure to radon increases the risk of multiple serious health conditions, although lung cancer is the most common. This is one of the many reasons radon abatement is necessary. The risk is higher when a person is exposed simultaneously to other lung cancer-causing compounds. It is therefore important to minimize simultaneous exposure to cigarette smoke, radon from the mines, and basement radon to help minimize an individual’s risk to developing lung cancer. As Pittston undergoes revitalization, older buildings are being demolished and newer structures are taking their place; it is important to ensure that these new building are designed with radon abatement in mind.
Does your Home Need Radon Abatement?
Since radon is invisible and has no scent, it is difficult to determine if your home has been contaminated. You can purchase various “do it yourself” radon test kits from most hardware stores and home supply stores. The Environmental Protection Agency recommends performing a short-term test first and then following it up with either another short-term test or a long-term test to confirm the results. To avoid the possibility of errors or inaccuracies, many people choose to have an expert from SWAT Environmental perform a professional version of the test for them.
Radon Abatement Strategies
Once radon is detected in a home, there are a variety of strategies SWAT Environmental’s technicians can use to decrease its levels. These strategies usually include some type of unique ventilation system to remove the gas. Additionally, the specialists will usually seal all foundation cracks and openings to ensure that the radon stays out.
Radon abatement and the accompanying reduction it brings to cancer risk are vital if you live in a radon-contaminated house. Especially if your home is located in a radon-prone area like Pittston, you must stay constantly vigilant about the potential for radon contamination.
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