Archive for June, 2012
The Truth about Radon Levels in Collegeville, Pennsylvania
Collegeville, Pennsylvania and the surrounding region is a very beautiful and historical site located in Montgomery County. Currently the population is quickly approaching 5,000 permanent residents with an additional of 1,300 when Ursinus College is in session. It is a beautiful and friendly area to raise a family. Nonetheless, the area is not without its risks. Dangerously high radon levels are a fairly common health risk for Collegeville residents. Indoor radon levels as high as 40 percent have been detected certain areas of the city. Fortunately, the prevention of radon poisoning is quite simple once you understand the danger.
What Causes Dangerous Radon Levels in Certain Buildings?
Radon is produced by the natural combination of particles of uranium with chemicals found in certain land masses and bodies of water; this creates a form of radioactive gas. Collegeville, like many other parts of the world, is particularly vulnerable to radon gas due to the natural occurrence in the region of the required factors for its creation. While exterior radon levels by themselves are not dangerous, the gas can be potentially lethal once it accumulates within an enclosed area. It is second only to smoking as a cause of lung cancer.
How Can You Tell Whether Radon Levels are a Problem in Your House?
The good news is that these possibly dangerous radon levels can be corrected and their risk can be prevented fairly easily with a little preparation. Once a building has been examined by a certified SWAT Environmental agent, radon levels can be regulated and reduced, just as with any other air-borne impurity in an enclosed area, making it completely safe through depressurization and ventilation. SWAT Environmental’s experts will be able to test your home’s air to determine how much radon it contains and how the radon is getting into your house.
What Can You Do to Correct a Problem with Dangerous Radon Levels?
Testing, of course, is the most important first step in protecting yourself from dangerous radon levels. If the initial test shows no radon problem in your home, be sure to continue to periodically have your house rechecked. In some cases, a house that contains no dangerous radon levels will later develop a problem due to seasonal changes, ground shifts from frost and similar factors. If a test does detect high radon levels, you should have SWAT Environmental create a mitigation system to remove it. Radon mitigation systems are simply unique ventilation systems designed to pull radon gas out of a house and prevent it from returning. In many cases, SWAT Environmental’s experts will also need to find and seal all cracks and gaps that let the radon gas enter your house from the ground outside.
It is true that radon gas can be extremely dangerous if it is not properly handled. However, by taking timely precautions, you can ensure that your Collegeville home will be safe for you and your family for many years.
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