Archive for February, 2012
Radon Gas is a Serious Threat to Tennessee Residents
No matter where you live in the Knoxville area, it is important to understand the threat posed by radon gas. This invisible radioactive gas could be building up inside your home without you even knowing it, since it is impossible to detect even high levels of contamination without specialized testing equipment.
The threats posed by radon gas can be quite severe, and the danger increases with repeated exposure. That means that every day you put off having your home tested for radon gas is one more day you and your family members could be at risk. If you have not yet had your home tested for radon contamination, now is the perfect time to rectify the situation.
It is a good idea to learn a little bit about the threats posed by radon gas, the procedures used to detect it, before you choose a radon testing company. Understanding a little bit about radon gas, including what makes it so dangerous and how you can find it in your home, can make the entire testing process a lot less frightening.
Radon is of course a frightening problem, and it is understandable that some may be reluctant to have their homes tested for fear of what they might find. It is important to do that testing, however, especially since radon is known to be a leading cause of lung cancer. Having your home tested for radon can give you much needed peace of mind if the results are negative, and an important heads up if the results are positive.
SWAT Environmental Radon Gas Testing & Radon Mitigation
When you have your home tested for radon gas contamination, SWAT Environmental will send a licensed and certified technician, who will then examine various parts of the property for evidence of radon gas. Since radon can get into your home in several different ways, a comprehensive test will incorporate many different possible points of entry.
The technician will, for instance, test the air inside your home, particularly the basement area. Many radon problems start with the gas seeping up through the rocks in the ground and the foundation underneath the home. From there the radon gas makes its way into the basement through tiny cracks in the foundation or the surrounding walls. For that reason, radon concentrations are often higher in the basement area than in the rest of the home, and that is why so many radon tests start there.
Radon in Tennessee and Radon Gas Testing
A comprehensive radon test of your home may also include testing of the water coming into the property. Many homes in the Knoxville have been found to have contaminated wells or groundwater, so testing the water is an important part of the process.
After the radon test is complete, the technician will examine the results and make a determination about the level of threat to your home and its inhabitants. If you find that your home has only normal levels of radon, you do not need to do anything further. If the testing reveals high levels of radon in your Knoxville area home, SWAT Environmental with will be able to work with you on a comprehensive mitigation program that can protect you and your loved ones from the very real danger of radon gas.
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