Archive for July, 2012

Friday, July 27, 2012 @ 06:07 PM
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Airborne and Waterborne Radon

Radon in Water West VirginiaRadon is a radioactive gas that can lead to cancer of the lungs, stomach and other parts of the body depending on how a person is exposed to it. In fact, radon in water exposure is now the second most common cause of lung cancer in the United States. Even worse, you will have no warning when you are exposed to this gas because it cannot be smelled, seen or tasted.

Radon is a natural gas that is created by the decomposition of elements like uranium that can commonly be found in dirt. The gas then moves up through cracks in the bedrock, sometimes contaminating the underground water supplies that feed many home’s private wells. From there, the radon can find its way into water tanks, pipes and eventually out the home’s faucets. When the water is used, much of the gas can be released into the home’s air where you are at risk of inhaling it. An excessive buildup of radon in water in your home could quite literally put your life and that of your family members at risk.

Radon in Water from the Ground in Beckley, WV

Unfortunately, Beckley and the region surrounding it tends to contain particularly high levels of radon, both in the air and in the water. Of course, the higher the indoor radon level accumulation, the greater the risk from exposure to it. 4.0 pCi/L is the cutoff that has been established by the Environmental Protection Agency for human exposure. Accumulation higher than that cutoff in a home is a problem that must be resolved immediately. Multiple homes in and near Beckley have been found to contain radon levels higher than is considered safe. This should not make you paranoid about your health, it simply means that you should take all necessary precautions to ensure that you and your family are protected.

Waterborne Radon Contamination in Beckley

The most important step you should take to protect yourself is simply having a test performed to determine your home’s radon levels at regular intervals. SWAT Environmental’s radon experts can handle this process for you. If the test finds that your house is contaminated with unsafe amounts of radon, then a sound mitigation plan for dealing with it will need to be implemented. This will reduce the level that is present now and prevent future contamination. The exact procedures and equipment that SWAT Environmental’s abatement technicians employ will vary depending on the home and the exact situation, but the result is the same — prevention of the radon from doing you any harm.

Put simply, severe cases require drastic measures. Do not take the chance that you and your family may be put at a serious health risk due to radon in water exposure simply because you did not act in time. The Environmental Protection Agency recommends that homeowners have their dwellings checked for radon contamination and implement radon abatement routines if dangerous levels are discovered.

Friday, July 6, 2012 @ 02:07 PM
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The Need for Radon Abatement in Beckley

Beckley Radon Abatement SystemsRadon abatement is a term for the different procedures used to reduce the levels of radon gas within a building. There are many effective methods, both preventative and corrective, of dealing with radon gas contamination. Although many homeowners may not realize that their home is affected by high levels of radon, others may not even understand the risk involved with ignoring the possibility of the problem arising.

Of all the different substances that can sneak into a home, the odorless, colorless gas known as radon could very well be the most harmful. In fact, radon poisoning has crept its way up to become the number two cause of lung cancer within the United States. With an average of 20,000 lung cancer deaths resulting from prolonged exposure to radon gas reported each year, it has become extremely important for homeowners throughout the U.S., and particularly in the Beckley area, to have their homes tested for radon, and if necessary, scheduled for an immediate radon abatement.

Why Radon Abatement?

Because radon gas is a byproduct of the decay of elements like uranium, the gas itself is radioactive. Since radon gas has likely been naturally formed for as long as the earth has existed, if the radiation levels of every citizen in the United States were to be tested, almost every one of the results that show a low-level positive for an individual’s “background radiation” exposure could be attributed to radon. In most cases, fortunately, exposure to very low levels of radon is not harmful.

However, when the gas becomes concentrated within an enclosure such as a home, the occupants’ radiation exposure becomes continuous, gradually building to dangerous levels No matter how much the radon gas becomes dissipated through open doors and windows, more gas enters the home in its place, pushing the levels ever higher. It is this type of situation that makes the need for professional radon abatement so vital to the family’s well-being.

Radon can enter a home in several different ways. It often accumulates in the ground under the house and seeps up into the basement through even the slightest cracks in the foundation or exterior walls. The home’s water supply can also be an entry points for radon gas since radon can seep into the home’s underground water source, then travel into the home along with the water.

How is Radon Abatement Accomplished?

If you receive confirmation that your home does indeed contain more radon gas than is safe, it will then be time to discuss the best methods of radon abatement for your house with experts from SWAT Environmental.

A series of ventilation fans and pipes installed under the home’s basement, which is known as the “Sub-Slab Depressurization” method of radon abatement, will often correct the problem.
Other sealing, pressurizing and venting techniques may also be necessary in some houses. SWAT Environmental’s radon abatement experts will be able to determine which will do the best job of protecting you and your family.