Archive for March, 2012
Fredericksburg’s Radon Gas Issue Solved with Radon Mitigation
In light of the stress and busyness of day-to-day life, worrying about your house’s radon gas levels is likely not at the top of your to-do list. Many people do not even know what radon is, or how it might affect them or their family. However, if you own a home in Fredericksburg, Virginia, you should take the time to educate yourself about radon.
Radon is a type of colorless, radioactive gas that you cannot smell or taste. It is estimated that radon is responsible for 20,000 lung cancer deaths each year, which means that next to smoking, radon is the leading cause of lung cancer. Living or working in an environment that causes you to inhale or ingest radon gas greatly increases your chances of coming down with lung cancer and other health problems. Since you will not be aware when you come into contact with radon, it is easy to overlook its health risks.
The Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA, has identified regions of particular concern for radon gas — a list that happens to include Fredericksburg, VA. Radon is produced when radioactive rocks decay in the soil; the Fredericksburg area contains a multitude of these rocks, leaving it at an elevated risk for radon contamination. Due to the immense health risks associated with this gas, testing the air in your home for radon is a must if you are a Fredericksburg resident. If this testing shows a significant radon level, radon mitigation will be immediately necessary.
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If your water supply comes from Fredericksburg, it may very well also be contaminated by radon, so you should have your water tested as well as your home’s air. High radon levels could pose many potential health hazards during normal, everyday activities. Drinking water, bathing, cleaning dishes and performing any other activity that uses water could put you in direct contact with radon on a regular basis. Even if your home’s air does not contain radon gas originally, it could become contaminated if the water in your house contains radon. Due to the dangerous nature of radon contamination, dealing with the problem is not a do-it-yourself chore. A radon mitigation specialist will be able to properly rid your air and water of this gas.
Even if your house passes its first radon test, or if you have all its radon removed, it is still important you continue to have regular radon tests performed if you are a resident of a high-risk area like Fredericksburg. Re-contamination is possible, and just because a building has been cleared of radon in the past does not guarantee that it will not return. The number of lung cancer- related deaths that could be avoided with regular radon testing and radon mitigation is extraordinary. While it may be mandatory to test for radon when buying a new house, people who have been living in a house for many years should not see this as a loophole to circumvent a potentially costly test. Radon is extremely dangerous, so take steps to protect yourself and your loved ones while you have the chance by contacting SWAT Environmental for radon testing and radon mitigation.
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