Archive for June, 2012
Radon can be an extremely dangerous substance when it finds its way inside your house. A radioactive gas that can potentially cause cancer, radon levels can accumulate in homes across the country. Those located in the Nashville region, however, tend to be particularly vulnerable to the problem.
The Health Impact of Exposure to High Radon Levels
Unfortunately, you cannot see radon gas when it is inside your home, nor can you smell or taste it. Nonetheless, high radon levels are the cause of many deaths within the Nashville region and across the country. Breathing air that contains radon gas is a leading cause of lung cancer. In fact, it is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, with only smoking causing more cases each year. People who do smoke while also living in a home that contains high radon levels are at an even greater risk of developing this type of cancer.
The Sources of High Radon Levels
Radon is a byproduct of uranium. It is a side effect of the natural radioactive breakdown of the uranium, which is naturally found in rock, water and soil. In some cases a whole neighborhood will be affected by radon gas, while in others just one house will be affected. It can move up through the ground and into a home through cracks and holes in the foundation. Radon gas is most commonly found in the air, but it can also enter your home through the water supply flowing into your house. This means any home in the Nashville area can be susceptible to high radon levels. In fact, experts estimate that one out of every 15 homes in the area contains high radon levels. Therefore, you should take the possibility of it affecting your home seriously.
Since you will not be able to detect high radon levels on your own, you should rely on having your home tested regularly to determine whether your home contains radon. In fact, the Surgeon General and the Environmental Protection Agency both recommend that all Nashville homes be tested for radon since the area is particularly prone to radon buildup. Testing your home for radon is not difficult; many Americans all over the nation have already done so, and now rest assured that their home is free of the gas. You can either purchase a home radon test kit to use yourself, or you can have SWAT Environmental perform a professional test for you.
Getting Rid of High Indoor Radon Levels
If this testing process does detect high radon levels in your house, you should have SWAT Environmental install a radon mitigation system for you. These systems can reduce indoor radon levels by up to 99 percent. The relatively minor inconvenience of having this type of system installed is next to nothing compared to the possibility of you or a member of your family needing treatment for lung cancer.
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