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The Importance of Radon Abatement in Colorado Springs
Radon gas is a byproduct of the breakdown of uranium that occurs naturally in the earth. Residential and commercial property owners in Colorado Springs, Colorado should be aware of the potential problems that high radon levels can create. All residential and commercial buildings should be tested for the presence of this gas, and a process called radon abatement should be performed immediately after radon is detected. Increased air quality can lower the risk of many serious health problems.
Radon Abatement and the Reduction of Health Hazards
Radon gas in the open air outside is generally minimal and therefore not harmful. Due to the natural occurrence of this radioactive gas, it is impossible to entirely prevent; it is only when the gas accumulates in an enclosed area that it becomes dangerous. The process of radon abatement can, however, successfully reduce or eliminate its presence in living spaces. Inhalation of radon is the second leading cause of cancer in the United States, so immediate attention to the situation will benefit anyone who regularly breathes the surrounding air in an impacted home, office or other establishment. Since radon gas is colorless and odorless, it can be very difficult to detect. At-home testing kits can be purchased at your local hardware store. If high levels of this gas are detected, a more in-depth test should be completed by experts with experience in this field from SWAT Environmental.
The Process of Radon Abatement
While there are do-it-yourself products and online tutorials for performing radon abatement, undertaking this task yourself is not advised. SWAT Environmental’s specialists have been professionally trained in this area, have access to specialized equipment for radon detection and are experts in how to successfully redirect radon gas out of and away from your home. The best methods of eliminating radon in the surrounding air depend primarily on factors like the age and integrity of the structure. Sealing alone is generally insufficient, according to the EPA. Most effective solutions involve suction, vents, fans and piping to pull radon from the soil and redirect it to the outside air. Once outside and above the building, the radon is significantly diluted. Homes with a crawlspace benefit from the installation of plastic sheeting and suction tubes for redirection of the gas. Some structures may require what is called active soil depressurization, a different type of system that accomplishes the same purpose.
Secondary Benefits of Radon Abatement
Those who are on the fence about the importance of radon abatement may be interested to learn about the secondary benefits that result from the process. As radioactive radon gas is redirected outside of the home, other harmful allergens are averted as well. Due to this increase in air exchange, homes and offices are filled with fresher air, helping to reduce all manner of potential allergens and pollutants. The amount of excess moisture in the air is also reduced when a proper ventilation system is in place. This helps to lower the risk of certain harmful molds. The net effect is to keep your family far safer from many different potential health problems.
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