Archive for June, 2012
Reasons for Testing Radon Levels in Norwalk, Connecticut
According to the Environmental Protection Agency’s “2003 Assessment of Risks from Radon in Homes”, research has shown that radon gas contributes to over 21,000 deaths a year. This is almost a third more than the number killed annually from drunk driving. By using a simple, inexpensive test, you can determine your home’s radon levels, reducing the gas’s risk for your family.
Radon is a radioactive gas with no taste or odor that occurs naturally in Norwalk, Connecticut and across the United States. Radon gas comes from the ground where uranium is decaying in the soil. The process of the uranium breaking down gradually produces the radon gas. The gas moves up through the ground and usually into the open air. However, when it becomes trapped and concentrated to levels of 4.0 pCi/L or higher inside the walls of your house, then it becomes a carcinogen and can contribute to lung cancer. It is estimated that seven out of every 1,000 nonsmokers who are exposed to this level of radon gas will die from lung cancer. The fatality rate may be as much as three to five times higher for smokers who are exposed to the same radon levels. Radon gas in the ground or outside in the open air is not dangerous; it is only when trapped within an enclosed space that it can be harmful.
How Do Dangerous Radon Levels Build Inside a Home?
Every house in Norwalk and across America is at risk of developing high levels of radon gas because the uranium that it comes from is a natural heavy metal existing in the crust of the Earth. When the glaciers moved down over North America and melted many years ago, uranium was deposited over the entire continent. In 1988, the EPA established 4.0 pCi/L and above as the danger cutoff for radon levels for humans, although levels below 4.0 pCi/L may also be somewhat harmful. To protect your house and family, the EPA and the Surgeon General recommend that you test your home when you move in and every two years afterwards. Testing is simple and inexpensive, so to protect your loved ones, have your house tested.
How Should Dangerous Radon Levels Be Handled?
Radon gas can come in to your home easily through tiny cracks in the floors and foundation, even in a newly constructed house. It can even be found in the water supply, which could meant that you and your family are drinking radioactive water, showering and washing in it and cooking with it. To prevent this possibility, you should have SWAT Environmental periodically test your home to determine its radon levels. If it does contain too much radon, SWAT’s experts will be able to determine its sources and how to remove it and prevent it from troubling you in the future.
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