Archive for February, 2012
Important Information about Connecticut Radon Gas
Radon gas is present in many of the homes located throughout the United States, including Norwalk, Connecticut. Since radon is a carcinogen, it is important to test your Norwalk home for its presence and to implement radon gas mitigation strategies if necessary to reduce its levels or eliminate it.
What Norwalk Residents Need to Know about CT Radon Gas
Four words can be used to describe radon gas – odorless, colorless, tasteless, and deadly. Yes, radon is a deadly gas. It causes non-small cell lung cancer in humans and can lead to death. Radon gas is formed when uranium begins the natural process of breaking down beneath the earth’s surface. As this radioactive gas builds up in volume, it begins to snake its way through the cracks in the ground until it finds an escape route. All too often, that escape happens to be inside someone’s home – and it could be your home if you live in Norwalk, Connecticut. It enters through cracks in the foundation and walls, openings near pipes and utilities, and holes in the building.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the average level of radon in homes across the United States is approximately 1.3 pCi/L (picocuries per liter). This level exceeds the average outdoor level of 0.4 picocuries per liter. While the United Stated Congress has suggested that indoor radon levels should all be reduced to an amount that is lower than the average outdoor level, legislation has not yet been passed to require this. Additionally, the EPA has currently placed the unsafe level at 4.0 picocuries per liter. If you live in the United States, you should have your home tested for radon gas.
Should Connecticut Residents Invest in Radon Gas Detectors?
Since the potential for radon gas contamination is greater in Norwalk, Connecticut than in other areas of the country, it makes perfect sense for residents to obtain and make use of radon gas detectors to check their existing levels of this carcinogen. Radon gas detectors are available in two basic styles: passive and active.
Passive radon gas detectors include charcoal canisters, alpha-track detectors, and charcoal liquid scintillation devices. Power isn’t needed to operate any of these. Active radon gas detectors, which do require power to operate, are typically used by radon gas mitigators, home inspectors, and air quality professionals.
Since radon levels can vary from month to month and after construction has taken place, it is recommended that Norwalk residents have their homes tested each year to provide an accurate assessment of their home’s radon contamination.
Radon Mitigation in CT
More studies are needed to determine the risk factor for long-term exposure to low levels of radon gas. However, long-term exposure to high levels of this carcinogenic is suspected of leading to lung cancer. Therefore, the EPA recommends implementing radon gas mitigation strategies for any home that exceeds 4.0 picocuries per liter.
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