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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.