Archive for March, 2012
Radon Dangers in Norwalk Solved With Radon Mitigation in Connecticut
Radon is a radioactive gas that occurs naturally, but has been found by scientists to be a carcinogen. Unfortunately, many people do not pay attention to the dangers of radon, often thinking it only affects those who live in other regions of the country. This tends to be particularly true of individuals who live in northeastern areas like Connecticut and especially Norwalk. The reason is that those who know that radon comes from the decay of uranium often only associate the element with the mountainous states in the western region of the country. The truth, however, is that radon is found everywhere in the United States.
You may have heard that the Environmental Protection Agency divides a state into different zones of potential radon levels. Although this is true, it should be understood that this is over a wide area. A person in a region classified as having a moderate or low potential radon gas level can still have dangerously high levels present in his or her own home. In fact, one house can have no problem at all and the house next door can have high radon levels. Regardless of where you live, you should have SWAT Environmental check your home’s radon levels, and if necessary, begin radon mitigation procedures. Since Norwalk lies in a Zone 1 region of the state, which means it is considered to have the highest potential for radon, you should be even more cautious if you are a Norwalk resident.
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SWAT Environmental professionals can determine the level of radon in your home, as well as implement a plan to reduce these levels if they are found to be too high. Radon has no odor and is invisible; however, it is radioactive and at sufficiently high levels, can increase your risk for lung cancer and even death, even if you are not a smoker. If you are a smoker, your risk is even higher. That means it is critical that you have your home tested as soon as possible for the sake of the health and wellbeing of your entire family.
Radon can come from soil, rocks and even water. Outside in the open air, it is not dangerous; trapped indoors, however, it can be extremely dangerous. The actual techniques used to mitigate the presence of radon will depend on where the radon is found and what is its exact source — both problems SWAT Environmental specialists will be able to handle for you.
The Environmental Protection Agency has determined that the acceptable level of radon gas is less than four picocuries per liter. If your home’s levels are higher than this, the radon mitigation process should begin immediately. Radon mitigation, simply put, is a strategy to vent radon out of your home and bring fresh air in to it.
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