Radon Mitigation And Radon Remediation
Radon Mitigation and radon remediation are two nearly interchangeable terms referring to the various methods used to lower the overall levels of radon gas in residential and commercial buildings. More than 21,000 deaths per year in the United States are attributed to radon gas exposure, as estimated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Uninformed homeowners often dismiss the severity of radon gas exposure or attempt to decrease levels by opening windows, using paint sealers, and turning fans on. Radon mitigation is a complex process because radon is an invisible, odorless gas that cannot be detected by human senses. Radon penetrates homes through the various cracks and openings in the foundation of buildings and passes directly through concrete. Drains, sump pumps, and gaps between the floor and wall all contribute to radon gas exposure in homes around the world. While some regions of the world have higher levels of radon gas, most regions in the United States experience elevated levels of radon. On average, 1 out of every 15 homes in the United States is exposed to critical levels of radon gas.
In order to better understand the importance of radon mitigation, one must understand the detrimental effects of radon exposure that impact human health. Radon gas (Rn) is radioactive and can be unknowingly inhaled. As radioactive decay progresses, the particles release minute amounts of energy in the lungs. These particles interact with and eventually damage lung tissue. Prolonged exposure can lead to lung cancer, hence the need for radon mitigation. The Surgeon General advises that "Indoor radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the United States and breathing it over prolonged periods can present a significant health risk to families all over the country. It's important to know that this threat is completely preventable. Radon can be detected with a simple test and fixed through well-established venting techniques," according to the EPA. It is important to note that not everyone exposed to the radioactive gas will get lung cancer. In fact, the amount of time between exposure and the eventual onset of cancer can span several years. Radon mitigation drastically reduces exposure to radon gas and effectively takes away the cancer risk associated with the radioactive gas. Smoking tobacco while being exposed to radon gas increases the risk of lung cancer. Children are more susceptible to radioactive exposure because they are growing faster and the cells in their bodies are multiplying quickly; because of this, families (especially with small children) should consider radon mitigation. Radon mitigation is not optional if one wishes to protect the long-term well-being of their family.
Radon exposure poses a significant risk to the well-being of homeowners around the United States. Families wishing to buy new homes often ask realtors about radon levels to prevent radon remediation procedures in the future. Radon levels do fluctuate, and therefore, consistent testing is key in maintaining a safe environment and living situation. Exceptional radon remediation is available through SWAT Environmental and their urgency and dedication to mitigating this radioactive gas is second to none. Do not waste time and overlook the risk of radon, test and mitigate today. Simply "smelling" your home is useless because radon is both odorless and colorless. The only effective way to reduce the risk of lung cancer is to check your home's radon levels. Radon mitigation is a relatively inexpensive process and the health benefits of the procedure simply cannot be quantified. Contact SWAT Environmental as soon as possible for proper consultation.