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Monday, July 2, 2012 @ 07:07 PM
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Radon Abatement to Protect Your Nashville Home

Tennessee Radon Abatement
Radon is such a dangerous substance that finding it in your Nashville home can be a very scary experience. This potentially deadly radioactive gas can even cause lung cancer if its levels are allowed to accumulate to sufficiently high levels. Homes in Nashville, Tennessee and the surrounding region are at a particularly high risk for this problem.

The bad news is that you cannot see, smell or taste radon gas when it builds up inside your home. Regardless, high levels of radon have been the cause of many deaths — both in Nashville, Tennessee and around the world. Most dangerously, lung cancer is a widespread condition in people who breathe air that contains significant levels of radon gas. As a matter of fact, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States; smoking is the number one cause. People that smoke and live in a home that is contaminated with radon are at a much higher risk of developing lung cancer. Radon abatement can ensure you’re protected against this.

Radon Abatement and Testing

Radon is a side effect of the breakdown of uranium, which is an element that is naturally found in water, soil and rocks. In some locations, only one home in a neighborhood will contain radon gas, while in others multiple homes will be contaminated. The radon often gets into the home through cracks in its foundation, as well as through its well water in some cases. Any and every home in Nashville can contain high radon levels and should be tested. At last check, an average of one out of every 15 homes in the Nashville area contained dangerously high levels of radon. You must rely on radon testing to determine how much, if any, radon your home contains. You can purchase a home radon abatement kit or you can rely on SWAT Environmental to do the testing for you. 

Radon Abatement Systems

If your home has been tested for radon and is determined to contain excessively high levels of the gas, you should have SWAT Environmental install a radon abatement system in your house as soon as possible. This will lower the level of radon by about 99 percent. It may be a minor inconvenience to have the system put in, but because of the risk of health problems to you and your family, it is well worth it. 

Radon Abatement and the Water Supply

Often, the radon will also be found in the water supply that goes into your house. When this happens, the soil suction method and other kinds of mitigation that are used for the soil-based radon are not going to be sufficient on their own. To deal with water-based radon, specialized filters will have to be installed at the water’s entry points. Additional filters will also need to be added to the final water sources in your house, such as the faucets in the sinks, to ensure that there are no traces of radon in the water you use for cooking, drinking and washing.