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Radon Gas in South Carolina Poses Huge Health Risks. Radon Mitigation is a Must!
The Environment Protection Agency, or EPA, has reported that nearly one out of every 15 homes and commercial sites are contaminated with some level of radon gas. Greenville has the highest risk of indoor radon contamination compared to the rest of South Carolina. Of course, this does not necessarily mean that every building in Greenville will definitely contain dangerous levels of radon gas; it simply means that since this area is part of an EPA radon zoning location, radon testing would be a sensible idea. You can choose from both “passive” radon testing or “active” radon testing. Active radon tests require electronic devices that maintain a reading of radon levels in a building, while a passive test is a one-time radon reading only. For a truly accurate result, however, you should have a professional test performed by SWAT Environmental experts. If necessary, these experts can also handle radon mitigation in your home.
Radon can not been seen, smelled or tasted. It is a cancer-causing gas that seeps into buildings from the natural decay of uranium in the earth. Radon gas is produced from ground water, rocks and soil. Since the ordinary senses cannot detect the presence of radon, only a specialized radon test can determine if a building contains the gas and at what levels. You can purchase do-it-yourself radon kits that contain charcoal filaments, ion chambers and a device that actually tracks the smallest particles that radon gas produces. However, a professional test will be much more accurate and quick. The Greenville County Government departs, such as the Building Safety Department works closely with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control to educate the public on the dangers of radon gas and to encourage homeowners, schools and offices to test their air regularly. In fact, South Carolina has produced a pamphlet containing information on radon and its unseen effects on all members of the family.
SWAT Environmental Radon Mitigation
Once radon has been detected, there are several safe and effective methods that can be employed to get rid of radon gas in the home and to help keep it from returning. The technicians from SWAT Environmental will be able to determine which techniques are best for your home’s radon mitigation.
For example, specialized concrete or masonry sealants can help block the cracks and holes in the bottom part of the home through which radon can seep from the ground below. You may also need a sub-slab mitigation process that will help keep the radon from entering the house at all. In many cases, the most effective technique is a system that involves actually flushing the radon out of the building. Multiple strategies will often be employed together to ensure that all danger from radon gas is eliminated. Although the implementation of these strategies to accomplish the radon mitigation may seem rather inconvenient initially, they are well worth it to ensure that you and your family are safe from the dangers of radon gas.
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