Tuesday, April 17, 2012 @ 07:04 PM
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Radon

Effects of High Radon Levels You may have heard of radon, but not really understand what it is or how it can impact your family. Radon is simply a radioactive noble gas. It is quite dense and has no taste and no odor. When elements like uranium and thorium decays, they create radon gas as a byproduct. When the radon gas itself begins to decay, radioactive elements called radon daughters start to emerge. These daughters are not gaseous, but tiny solid particles. They can cling to dust in the air and travel into your lungs when you breathe. Afterwards, they can stick to the walls of your airways, causing a variety of health problems. Buildings can fill with radon gas that is emitted naturally from the soil and rock beneath the foundation. Poorly ventilated rooms, of course, fill with radon gas the most quickly, but any building can be vulnerable [...]

Thursday, March 29, 2012 @ 02:03 PM
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Radon

Frequently Asked Questions about Radon Mitigation What is radon? Radon is a dense, radioactive chemical element that exists mainly as a gas. It is invisible, colorless and odorless. Radon gas often accumulates in low-lying areas, such as basements, and exists in many homes without the knowledge of the house’s occupants. Radon gas has been identified as a carcinogen, and has been linked to cases of lung cancer across the country. Where does radon gas come from? Radon gas is a byproduct of the natural decay of uranium and similar elements. These elements can be found naturally in certain types of rock, including granite, igneous and limestone, as well as in soil and water. Hot springs can also contain high concentrations of radon. Although humans are susceptible to ingesting radon by drinking contaminated water, the risk of ingesting significant traces is usually fairly small. It is also possible to consume radon [...]

Wednesday, February 29, 2012 @ 10:02 PM
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Radon

What You Don’t Know About Radon Gas Could Hurt You They say that ignorance is bliss, but that is certainly not true when it comes to radon gas contamination. If you have not yet had your home tested for radon, every day you delay could be putting you and your family at grave danger. The sooner you have your property tested, the sooner you will be able to get on with your life and know that your health and the health of your family is protected. Radon Gas is an Invisible Threat One of the things that makes radon such a danger is the fact that it is totally invisible. If you have contaminants in your drinking water, you can generally tell you have a problem from the taste and smell of the liquid coming out of your tap. If you have a gas leak around your home, you can [...]

Tuesday, January 10, 2012 @ 05:01 PM
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Radon

Test Your Home for Radon During National Radon Action Month Many people already know that radon is a serious problem, and a real threat to people living in all parts of the country and the world. Now the Environmental Protection Agency is helping those homeowners take action and get their homes tested for this dangerous radioactive gas. The Environmental Protection Agency has designated January National Radon Action Month, and they urge all homeowners to have their homes tested for radon during that important time period. If you have not yet had your home tested, now is the perfect time to act, since many radon mitigation and testing companies will be offering special discounts and other promotions during National Radon Action Month. Radon is a dangerous substance, and the bad news is that it is present just about everywhere in the environment. Radon gas can seep into your home through even [...]

Wednesday, December 7, 2011 @ 06:12 PM
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Radon

Is Your Home Radon Free? No matter what part of the country you call home, your home or business is at risk from high radon levels and vapor intrusion. Both of these problems exist throughout the land, and it is important to deal with those issues as soon as possible. Radon exposure and vapor intrusion are so dangerous because they are so difficult to detect. Your home could have high levels of radon and desperately need radon mitigation and you would never even know it. That is because radon gas is colorless, odorless and completely invisible to the naked eye. Until you have your home or business tested by a radon mitigation specialist you will never know whether or not dangerous levels of this radioactive gas are present or not. The same is true of vapor intrusion, and this is a growing problem throughout the entire country. If you have [...]

Monday, July 18, 2011 @ 10:07 PM
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Radon

Silent Killer: Radon Many people do not realize that it is possible to die of lung cancer without ever having picked up a cigarette. While it is true that the majority of lung cancer cases are caused by smoking, the second leading cause of lung cancer is something you may not even realize you are being exposed to. This silent killer could be in your home right now, and until you have a radon assessment done, you and your family could be in danger without radon remediation. Colorless, Odorless Gas Radon is a colorless and odorless gas, and it is present just about everywhere. That is what makes radon so dangerous, and what makes radon remediation and abatement so important. Having a radon test is certainly important, and it is always a smart idea to start by testing your home and your surroundings for this dangerous gas. But simply testing [...]

Monday, July 18, 2011 @ 10:07 PM
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Radon

Effects on the Human Body Radiation can be briefly defined as energy that is emitted from the energy source in rays or waves, or in particles from radioactive substances. Human beings are exposed to radiation all the time, from the atmosphere, from electronic devices like televisions, microwaves, radios, cell phones, and computers, and every time we have an X-ray performed in a hospital or medical office. Radiation cannot be avoided completely and conventional wisdom says that the levels of radiation human beings are exposed to are generally not high enough to cause serious illness. But there can be long-term consequences to exposure to radiation, either from one acute single dose or from constant smaller doses over time. This article will define and discuss the consequences of environmental, medical, and nuclear radiation for the health of the human body. Environmental radiation Environmental radiation comes from many sources. Most people on earth [...]

Monday, July 18, 2011 @ 10:07 PM
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Radon

Nearly every homeowner has encountered the term “radon” either during the selling or purchasing process. Homeowners have good reason to be aware of the potential presence of radon in their home, to test radon levels, and install radon ventilation systems if the radon levels are high. Many prospective home-buyers, however, choose to forgo radon testing prior to purchasing their new home, because they are uneducated or misinformed regarding what radon is and the detrimental long-term effects it can have on the health and vitality of their families. What is Radon? Radon is a naturally-occurring, colorless, odorless, tasteless gas that is highly radioactive and extremely dense (nine times more dense than air!). It was discovered in 1899-1900 by two European physicists, Ernest Rutherford and Friedrich Ernst Dorn. Although there are many forms of radon, Radon-222 is the type that occurs most frequently in the environment. Radon can be highly concentrated in [...]

Monday, July 18, 2011 @ 10:07 PM
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Radon

Lung cancer is widely known as being a deadly result of smoking, however it can still afflict those who have never picked up a cigarette. Cancer, while sometimes triggered by an outside factor, is the random proliferation of cells. The body is supposed to regulate cell division, but when something interferes with its ability to maintain a balance, cells can divide at an exponential rate, causing tumors. Benign tumors pose a small threat to the body, but can usually be surgically removed. Malignant tumors, on the other hand, start in one part of the body and spread to others. This form must be treated with more complicated and less effective methods. Lung cancer spreads quickly once it forms, and it is among the hardest types to treat. In the first year, only 40% are expected to survive; by the third year, the number drops to 10%. Lung cancer takes more [...]

Monday, July 18, 2011 @ 10:07 PM
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Radon

When it is determined that a house has unsafe levels of radon gas, what options are available for radon mitigation? How can this poison radon gas be safely removed from the house? The radon mitigation options appropriate for a house depend on the construction type of the house. Houses with basements, slabs, or crawl-spaces may require different techniques. For houses with basements or slabs, the most common technique for radon remediation is active subslab suction which may also be called subslab depressurization. This approach places one or more suction pipes through the slab into the material underneath the house. These pipes are then connected to a fan that draws the radon gas through the pipes and vent it above the house where it is safely dispersed. There are other variants of this approach available as well. These variations use existing features of the house to connect to the suction pipes [...]