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Radon Mitigation and HUD
The new regulations set in place by HUD highlighted in our article last month are a testament of what is our efforts and the efforts of others at shedding light on the dangers of radon gas. The recent regulations are now requiring that a radon test be conducted on every unit of every multi-family home that is financed through HUD. Additionally, any unit that shows high levels of radon gas will be required to have a Radon mitigation system installed.
We know that this regulation may come as a shocker to many, but if you look at the facts and statistics, it will make perfect sense. One out of every fifteen homes has high levels of radon gas. Additionally, radon gas kills over 20,000 people each year in the form of lung cancer, and is noted as the second leading cause of lung cancer. These two statistics alone are alarming numbers at how this gas has overtaken so many homes, and claimed so many lives in the United States.
We know that this regulation may be new to many. You may have never heard the words radon gas uttered in your life, but now is the time that it is effecting so many. We are here to relieve some of the stress and fill in some of the gaps of information that HUD did not provide as far as getting help. As the nation’s largest and most trusted radon company, you will have nothing to fear from following our quick guide.
Handling Radon Mitigation
The first thing you will need to do in reducing your radon gas levels is determine whether or not the gas is even effecting you. You will need to test each unit of multi-family homes in order to ensure that your levels are not high. The reason testing is required is because there is no other way to determine whether or not this gas is present. This gas is invisible, and odorless, meaning that testing will be the only way you can know for certain whether or not you are in danger. Once you have your test results, you can be on your way. If the results are low, you have the test results and no further action will be required. If the test results are high, you will need to call a professional to reduce your radon gas levels.
S.W.A.T. Environmental has been providing radon mitigation services for decades now, and we will gladly help you reduce the gas levels in your home. With our proven radon mitigation techniques, you can rest assured that your home will be a safe haven, and in no further danger. Our professionals may reduce gas levels by as much as 99%. We always offer a free quote, so call us today. It’s a no obligation call that can provide you with the needed information and help get your home radon free.
Air Quality Concern in America
You may have heard before that the air quality of the United States is poor, but did you know that roughly three million people die from poor air quality? The EPA has taken action with the help of the Clean Air Act to make our breathing air much cleaner, but their efforts are futile without the help of everyone.
To break it down, there are two categories for air pollutants; indoor and outdoor. It is important to take action against both, although outdoor air pollution can only change if everyone pitches in. Indoor air quality is the reason for roughly two million of the three million deaths each year. It is important to know that an air purification can improve the air quality of your home, and dramatically reduce levels of radon gas, one of the biggest threats to indoor air quality.
Outdoor Air Quality
Outdoor air quality is being measured by the EPA nearly instantaneously. The EPA has set up measurements across the United States which measure ground level ozone, particle pollution, carbon monoxide, and sulfur dioxide. This is all summed up into one number indicating the overall health risk of being exposed to these levels of pollutants in your area.
The name for this scale is the air quality index. The scale ranges from 0 to 500, with 0 being the safest level of pollutants, and 500 being extremely unsafe. Shockingly enough, anything above 50 on this scale indicates some level of risk, and this risk level only increases. Right now, there are areas in the United States that have levels in excess of fifty, meaning unsafe air for those areas, and possible long term health risks such as death.
Indoor Air Quality
A higher rate of death actually comes from indoor air quality. Indoor air quality is a major concern as one of the largest contributors to death is radon gas. The danger about radon gas is that it cannot be smelled or seen. The only way to truly detect radon gas is through multiple tests to your home, and averaging the score for the most accurate reading.
Radon gas may enter your home through the foundation, building materials, or even the water supply. Most building materials such as granite are not tested for this horrible gas. Naturally forming from radium in the soil, this gas may seep into your home without notice.
Taking action is what we all should do this month, as October is air quality awareness month. This is the month to read up on radon gas, and see what actions you may do to improve the air quality of your home. S.W.A.T. Environmental has the solution for you, offering complete radon mitigation systems built custom for your threat, and installed by an experienced, certified professional for cheaper than you may think. Stop worrying about air quality, and start doing something about it with a new radon mitigation system from S.W.A.T. Environmental.
The Invisible Danger of Radon
Radon is a silent killer of that can be found all over the world. It is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas that is released from decaying radioactive elements found naturally in rock and soil. Radon can become extremely dangerous when it accumulates in confined indoor spaces; due to the radioactive particles it contains, it is carcinogenic to humans who have been exposed to significant amounts of the gas. Radon distribution throughout a home or office is directly related to the building’s ventilation. The poorer the ventilation, the higher the likelihood of radon concentration.
Radon Abatement and Preventing Radon Entry
For radon abatement to be successful, SWAT Environmental’s experts must determine where the gas is coming from in the first place. There are several ways by which radon can enter a home. One of the most common is by seeping through cracks in the floor or walls of a concrete foundation. Another typical entry point is the spaces between the basement walls and slab. An opening around a sump pump or drain is another fairly common way radon can infiltrate a home, as is a crawl space.
Determining the Necessity of Radon Abatement
Since radon is present in the ground everywhere in the United States to some degree, the Environmental Protection Act suggests that every home be tested for radon. Unfortunately, none of your five senses will pick up on the presence of radon gas; obviously, it would be foolish to wait until signs of radon poisoning show up before taking action. If you wish, you can purchase a home radon test kit; however, the professional test SWAT’s experts perform is much more accurate and quick.
The Impact of Radon Abatement
If unsafe levels of radon are detected in your home, you should have radon abatement performed as soon as possible. SWAT Environmental’s radon abatement specialist will be able to analyze the problem and tackle it from every angle. In many cases, the first step is to seal all obvious points of entry for the gas. However, complete protection from radon gas requires diverse and complex approaches, depending on the situation. For example, active soil depressurization units can be added to the home to reduce radon levels. Put in simple terms, these systems work by pumping contaminated air out from beneath the house, then expelling it out and away from the house into the open air where it will do no harm, bypassing the home in the process. Additional components of the system help replace the air inside the house with clean air from outside.
In conclusion, radon abatement may be needed in your home, but you would never know it without first conducting a radon test. If the test concludes that high levels of radon are present in your home, then you and your family are in danger. SWAT’s abatement specialists can design a system of radon mitigation that ensures you are kept safe.
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 by eating agricultural products that are grown in radon-contaminated soils, but the risk of eating foods that contain high concentrations is also low. Radon poses the most serious threat to humans when it is inhaled. Radon gas can make its way into a home by slipping through cracks in the foundation that lead to the outside. Any pathway that air could take is one that radon could also potentially use.
What types of environments are likely to contain radon?
In general, underground environments have the greatest probability of containing high levels of radon gas. Places such as tunnels and mines are at the greatest risk of accumulating radon. As dangerous as basement radon levels can be, they are usually only a fraction of the strength of radon in underground mines. This is why miners and other underground workers are warned of the potentially severe health risks of the job before they sign an employment contract.
How do I know if there is radon gas in my home?
It can be very difficult to tell if you have radon gas in your house since radon gas does not exhibit properties that are identifiable by human senses. Home radon test kits are commonly available. The short-term kits include a device that is placed in the lowest level of the home. It is left there for several days to absorb the radon, and then sent off to be analyzed. This type of kit is inexpensive and easy to acquire. Long-term radon kits are also produced, and the collectors that come with these sit for up to a year. Long-term kits are more costly, but they are also more accurate. However, a professional test from SWAT Environmental radon mitigation is much faster and more reliable than either type of home test.
If radon gas is found in my home should I look into radon mitigation?
If your home contains more radon gas than is safe, you should have specialists from SWAT Environmental begin radon mitigation as soon as possible. The most effective radon mitigation method is the installation of specialized equipment to improve ventilation in your house, especially in its lower levels. To completely protect your family, other techniques may be necessary as well; SWAT Environmental’s experts will be able to determine the optimal radon mitigation setup for your home.
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 discern the odor of rotten eggs. Radon gas provides no such warning signs, and that is one of the factors that makes it such a threat to homeowners and business owners across the country and around the world.
Radon gas is completely invisible, so you could have high levels in your home or commercial building and never even know it. Radon also has no telltale odor, so there is no way to detect it in your home, even if the gas has already built up to toxic levels. The only way to tell for sure if you have a problem with radon is to have the property tested. The sooner you do that, the sooner you can get on with the rest of your life.
Radon Gas is a Serious Health Concern
Radon is nothing to fool around will, and delaying testing could have dire health consequences for yourself and your family, or your workers if you are a business owner or employer. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer deaths in nonsmokers, and the second leading cause even among those who do smoke. That makes radon gas one of the most insidious, and certainly one of the most dangerous, sources of indoor air pollution on the planet.
The problem is that radon can slowly build up to toxic levels, and since it is colorless, odorless and invisible you would never even know you have a problem. In small concentrations, radon is relatively harmless, but when concentrated in a small area it can become deadly, causing lung cancers and other serious respiratory ailments.
The health effects of exposure to radon gas tend to get worse over time, making it even more important to have your home or business tested as soon as you can. Even if you do not suspect a problem, the peace of mind alone is worth the small cost of testing. When you call an experienced radon testing company, a certified technician will test your property and determine whether or not you have high levels of radon. If your home or business does have high levels of radon gas, there are techniques that can be used to reduce those levels and make your home or business safe. But it all starts with testing, and you should have your property checked without delay for radon gas.