Archive for August, 2012
Radon Testing for Philadelphia Residents
If the two words “Radon Gas” do not strike fear into your heart, then you need a quick rundown on the dangers of radon gas. As many of us know of the recent tragic passing of the beloved Penn State Football coach, Joe Paterno, you may not know that his death may have been one of the 21,000 radon related deaths each year. It has been a proven fact that radon gas causes lung cancer, and kills more people each year than drunk driving, fires, and many other causes of deaths.
Naturally occurring, radon gas typically comes from the uranium in your soil, and travels through the foundation of your house, forming a toxic area that you live in. Radon testing is the first step in stopping lung cancer from radon gas. You cannot see or smell radon gas, meaning that radon testing is the only way to determine whether or not you are affected. Did you know that one in every fifteen homes in the United States has unacceptable levels of radon gas? In an area such as Philadelphia, these odds may have even further increased.
Radon Testing Process in Pennsylvania
You may have heard various things about radon testing for Philadelphia residents, but it is important to get the facts straight. It is important to test your home once every two to five years, even if your levels are below normal, as you never know when radon may seep through your foundation. Radon testing may be conducted any time of the year, but often it is recommended that radon testing is done in the fall months as your windows and doors will be closed more, providing more accurate readings.
Radon testing may take several days, or as long as three months. A long term radon test will take ninety days to complete, and is recommended for homes that have previously been tested with low levels of radon. A short term test may take between two and seven days to complete, but boasts very quick readings. If you have not had your Philadelphia home tested for radon in two years or more, it may be appropriate to have a short term test done for faster results. Once radon testing is completed, you will be able to determine if further action is required. If the levels show 4 pCi/L or greater, then an air purification system may be necessary to properly mitigate the radon in your home. If your levels are slightly below, you still may want to install a mitigation system just to be safe.
It is important to hire a specialist that has been certified and has years of experience with radon. S.W.A.T. Environmental has been specializing in radon mitigation since 1988 and is the nation’s leading radon reduction company. We always offer a free quote, so you have nothing to lose. Call a professional for radon testing in the Philadelphia area today, and start breathing easy.
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