Archive for November, 2012
Radon Gas and Lung Cancer
When you hear the term ‘lung cancer’ a lot may come to mind. More often than not, we think of cigarettes, and their dangers. You may also think of coal miners, or gases that industry specific professionals are exposed to. While these are all serious risks that you should be aware of, you may be shocked to realize that studies have shown that 16% of all lung cancer cases actually come from radon gas.
That’s right, breathing the air right in your own home is the culprit of 16% of all lung cancer cases. If someone were to tell you that the indoor air quality in the homes of American’s was the culprit of 16% of all lung cancer cases, one would be curious if all American’s lived next to a power plant or industrial factory.
Even though many of our homes are in scenic, suburban landscapes, the trouble lies within the soil where radon gas forms. Radon is both colorless, and odorless, so there is no telling whether or not your home is affected without having a professional test. To put it in perspective, over 20,000 people die from radon gas each year. That is more than drunk driving, and many other serious causes of death. One out of every fifteen homes has high levels of radon gas, meaning that there is a pretty good chance more than a handful of people in your neighborhood, or on your street, may be negatively affected by radon gas.
Radon Gas Mitigation Process
In order to understand the radon gas mitigation process, you must first understand where radon gas comes from. Radon comes from the uranium which breaks down in your soil. As radon gas forms, it is in a gaseous state. As you may already know, gases may easily enter your home through small spaces in the foundation or basement. Another entry point is through your water supply. Even if your home specifically does not have a lot of uranium in its soil, there may be radon near a section of the ground water which is used for your county. This could lead to radon gas entering straight through your faucet.
Once you receive your test results, you will have a better idea of your threat level. If your tests show high levels of radon gas, you know that you simply have to call a professional if you do not want to risk the health of yourself and your family. Even if your home does not have high levels of radon gas, you may still want to call a professional, as a radon gas mitigation system can provide the mitigation you need and security for the future. A properly installed mitigation system can reduce radon gas levels by as much as 99%. When it comes to your health, do not risk it with an inexperienced company. Choose S.W.A.T. Environmental for radon gas mitigation, the company with decades of experience, located in a city near you.