Monday, August 10, 2015

How Radon Mitigation Can Protect the Home

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When people find radon in their home, their first instinct is to panic. They feel nervous because they know the potential dangers that radon poses to their family's health. However, radon mitigation professionals, like those found at SWAT Environmental for example, encourage homeowners to remain calm when they detect radon in their home since it is a problem that can be addressed in a very straightforward way.

The first step a homeowner should take when they detect radon in their home is to perform a follow-up radon test. The reason for this is that radon levels in the home can fluctuate throughout the year. A second test will show whether there are high levels of radon in the home consistently, or if it was a one-time event caused by things like unusual weather.

If after a second test radon levels are 4.0 pCi/L or higher, it is a good idea to hire a professional who is qualified in radon gas mitigation. While some states do require individuals who perform radon mitigation to be licensed, many states do not. It is a good idea for anyone looking to have radon mitigation done in their home to contact their state radon office and ask for a list of qualified professionals in their area. There are different exams that radon mitigation professionals can take, such as those provided by The National Environmental Health Association and the National Radon Proficiency Program.

Radon mitigation is designed to reduce the concentration of radon inside of buildings. While radon is a naturally occurring gas, when it is concentrated inside of a home or office building, it can lead to the development of lung cancer. Individuals who live in a home with high radon levels and who are smokers have a higher risk of getting lung cancer than any other population on the planet.

Many homeowners who are looking to sell their home may have the radon level in the home checked. If it is high, they will have radon mitigation performed. Radon mitigation systems are also designed to reduce the infiltration of moist soil air into the basement. This reduces the level of humidity in the basement, thereby protecting it from things like mildew and mold.

In some states, governmental programs have been put in place to provide grants or loans to help individuals who live in low income housing pay for radon mitigation. In some communities, small groups and private companies have set aside funds to help low income individuals protect themselves from this dangerous gas.

23 comments:

  1. That's awesome to hear that governmental programs have been put in place to provide grants or loans to help individuals who live in low income housing pay for radon mitigation! It would be terrible if someone had these dangerous gas in their home and didn't have the means to take care of it!

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  2. I never even heard of such a thing, so thanks for enlightening me! It would be horrible if people did now know!

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  3. It is so important to avoid additional chemicals whenever possible. Glad that someone had the foresight to help those with very low income who cannot afford the purchase price of this kit.

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  4. Yikes- is this something I should be checking for regularly? I need to read more about radon in homes. Thanks for the article.

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  5. What a great public service announcement. There are so many things to watch for and this is one of those many. Thank you.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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  6. Hmm, one thing I never checked in my apartment building. May have to have a looksy.

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  7. I know we've had our house tested for radon, but I was not aware of radon mitigation. Thanks for sharing this important information.

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  8. I've heard of it but have never checked my house for it. That would be a good idea on my part.

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  9. Wait, what sort of dangers can Radon have on a home/family? I've never heard of it before! :( Is it kinda like carbon monoxide poisoning?

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  10. That is great that there are government agencies who help if you find yourself dealing with radon. I always found it interesting how levels can spike due to weather.

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  11. I am sat here and thinking to myself what the heck is radon lol, thanks for the very informative post and the government programs.

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  12. great write up. I honestly dont now what radon was. something to really look into

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  13. I would definitely want to prevent lung cancer if I could. It definitely sounds important to test for radon.

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  14. I have never heard of this and I honestly didn't know what a radon is. Thank you so much for this information.

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  15. Haha ok I've never heard of such a thing... But when it comes to this type of thing I'm always clueless so this is nothing new... Glad I now know what this is :)

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  16. Whoa - I had no idea what radon was. Thanks for sharing - cool to hear they have ways to help with it.

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  17. We had to have a radon test before finalizing the sale on our house. That was 7 years ago. I wonder if we should have another one done. Thanks for bringing up this topic. I'll be talking to Jason about it tomorrow!

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  18. To be honest with you, at the risk of sounding like a complete idiot, I haven't heard much about this!!! Thank you for sharing this!

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  19. I was also confused until I kept reading hehe! Very interesting to know how things work in different countries.

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  20. This is an informative post.The only time I heard of radon was in high school chemistry class.

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  21. I really wish we could test our home for this because it's kind of an older home.
    Thanks for sharing this information Rose.

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  22. Wow, I've had two houses now, and I never heard of this. I'm definitely going to show it to my husband. Thanks for sharing Rosey! HUGS

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  23. I learned something new here to day so really glad you did this post. Thank You!

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