Radon - The Silent Killer
Radon is a radioactive gas that occurs naturally and is produced by the breakdown of uranium in rocks, soil and water. Radon gas cannot be seen, tasted or smelled. Even if you inhale radon in high levels there may be no visible symptoms of radon poisoning but over time you will be at the risk of developing lung cancer.
Radon has been identified as a dangerous gas as there are no “safe” levels of radon. Nearly one out of three houses checked in seven states in the United States have high levels of radon. The alpha radiation emitted by radon is similar to plutonium. Highly dangerous and carcinogenic, radon is unsafe.
What is Radon?
A highly radioactive and gaseous element, it has no color and is a chemically non-reactive and inert gas. Radon occurs naturally and is produced from natural breakdown of radioactive decay or uranium. It is found in igneous rocks, soil and well water. Radon is present in low levels in the air we breathe in every day, even at your residence.
What are the problems that radon may cause?
When radon gas enters your house and gets trapped, that is when the real problem occurs. There are long term effects if you’ve been exposed to high levels of radon as they are carcinogenic and are capable of causing lung cancer.
Here are a few major entry routes through which radon can enter your house:
- Through pores and cracks in concrete slabs or blocks
- Floor wall joints
- Mortar joints
- Lose fitting pipe penetrations
- Openings of block walls
- Well water
- Construction materials: concrete, rock, brick, stone and many more
- Exposed soil, kept in the open
- Leakage in weeping tiles that drains into an open sump
How can radon enter your home and ruin the indoor air quality?
Radon maybe present in well water and might be released into the air of your house when the water is used for everyday purposes such as showering, et cetera. Radon primarily is likely to enter your house through materials used for construction. In the United States of America, radon gas present in soil is the primary source of elevated radon levels in houses.
The gas seeps from the soil into your house. It may seep directly through the pores in concrete and the gaps in walls and flooring. A house of any age, in any state can have high levels of radon.
The air pressure inside a house is fundamentally lower than that of the soil which surrounds the foundation of the house. It is due to this pressure that the house acts like a vacuum, drawing radon through various openings.
Risks associated with radon exposure:
Some signs and symptoms you might incur if you are suffering from lung cancer caused from radon exposure are mentioned below:
- Shortness of breath
- Loss of appetite
- Abnormal weight loss
- Chest pain
- Bronchitis or pneumonia
In accordance to a survey conducted by the American Cancer Society, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. About 20,000 people die of lung cancer caused due to radon exposure every year. Smoking may even increase the risks, threefold.
The only viable way to discover if you are being subjected to radon exposure in your house is to get a radon test performed by professionals. In case your house is found to be a radon prone zone, there are various full proof mitigation methods that can be employed to reduce the level of radon. A radon mitigation system uses ventilation to reduce the concentrations of radon gas in the air and better your indoor air quality. Get your house checked for the safety of your loved ones and you.
Overview of Indoor Air Cleanup
- Prior Testing
To ensure your family or employees, depending on the scenario, a clean indoor air environment, our team conducts a quality test before beginning any work. Through this, we ascertain the allergens present in the specific area to understand the issues that need to be tackled. We test the allergens, gas levels, ventilation, and humidity to provide an appropriate cleanup to give the clean air you deserve.
- Advance Estimate of Service
We believe in complete transparency with our esteemed customers. Once we determine the kind and extent of cleanup required, you will get an estimate of the expected cost of our service. Be rest assured that there will be no hidden charges. We will be more than happy to clarify all your queries and doubts.
- Efficient Cleaning Services
After identifying the sources of your indoor air quality concerns, we use advanced, state-of-the-art equipment to clean up the indoor air. We use air purifiers, air cleaners as well as filtration and ventilation equipment for this purpose. Our experienced professionals will create a customized plan to make sure that your indoor air is safe, pure, and clean.
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