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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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