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Monday, March 26, 2012 @ 02:03 PM
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The Reasons for Radon Mitigation in Birmingham, Alabama

Radon Mitigation in BirminghamRadon gas is the number one cause of lung cancer and pulmonary issues in those who do not smoke cigarettes. This radioactive gas is colorless and has no odor, but more importantly, it is toxic to humans. It can be a particular concern in certain geographic areas, including Birmingham, Alabama. Radon is apt to leak from the ground into the surrounding atmosphere and deliver high doses of background radiation if not handled properly. This is especially problematic if the radon collects indoors, such as in closely contained areas such as upper attics and lower basements. Fortunately, if your home does contain radon, SWAT Environmental can handle a variety of radon mitigation strategies to remove it.

Appalachian Mountain regions are particularly prone to high levels of radon in the environment; if you live in this region, then, it is particularly critical that you take precautions to protect yourself from radon. Just as a home should be equipped with fire/smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, it should also be outfitted with a radon alarm. These devices will monitor for radon and emit an audible alarm if there should be an alert situation. The better varieties will continuously take air samples and calculate both a short-term radon reading and a long-term radon reading. For example, the EPA-approved Sire Pro series of radon detectors can give a seven day sample average as well as a long-term reading of up to five years. Radon gas detectors tend to cost a little more than conventional smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, but the price is small when one considers the peace of mind that of being certain that your family is safe from lung cancer and similar health conditions caused by excess radon gas levels.

SWAT Environmental Radon Testing and Radon Mitigation

Interestingly, the radon levels of Jefferson County and Birmingham, Alabama, are actually higher than the national average. While 1.3 pCi/L is the national average radon level, Jefferson County buildings contain an average of about 1.9 pCi/L. The urban environment and surrounding mining communities make it important for homeowners to protect themselves. Radon gas becomes dangerous when its levels pass 4.0 pCi/L; if that is true of your home, you should call SWAT Environmental immediately to handle the radon mitigation process for you.

Radon mitigation is a twofold task. First, mitigation technicians must determine how the radon is getting into your home from the ground. When all cracks, gaps and other openings in your house’s foundation and basement have been located, they must be sealed to prevent a continuation of the radon problem. Second, some type of circulation, ventilation or pressurization system must be installed in your house to circulate the radon gas out of it, and fresh air back in.

Of course, this process is somewhat complex, so you should not attempt it yourself. With the safety and health of your family at stake, you cannot be too careful, so have SWAT Environmental install a radon mitigation system to protect your home from radon for you.