Monday, June 25, 2012 @ 02:06 PM
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Radon

What is Radon and What Causes High Radon Levels in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania? Radon is a radioactive gas that can be found across the United States. Through a natural process, uranium decays, forming radon as a side effect. The gas is completely undetected by the human eye. You cannot smell radon or taste it. Researchers estimate that up to 30,000 deaths caused by lung cancer each year are due to exposure to high radon levels. How Do High Radon Levels Affect Your Health? After cigarette smoking, exposure to high radon levels is the leading cause of lung cancer in the nation. This risk increases the higher the radon levels in your home and the more radon gas you breathe into your lungs. When the particles of this radon break down, tiny amounts of energy are released. The tissue in your lungs can be damaged each time a particle releases this energy. [...]

Friday, March 30, 2012 @ 08:03 PM
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Radon

Radon Gas: Fix Pennsylvania’s Silent Threat with Radon Mitigation Radon is a naturally occurring gas that is created during the decomposition of uranium. It is the second leading cause of lung cancer among human beings after cigarette smoking. Radon gas is invisible and has no scent, so detection by humans is impossible without specialized testing equipment. Home kits are available that can give you a rough idea of your home’s radon levels; for a much more accurate and quick result, however, you should rely on the radon mitigation experts from SWAT Environmental. One of the prime sources of radon is simply rock. This includes phosphate rock, igneous rock, and other more common rocks such as granite, limestone and shale rock beds. In fact, the uranium that produces radon is quite common in ledge; therefore, radon can even be found in surface soil. This is the case in most regions of [...]

Tuesday, February 14, 2012 @ 04:02 PM
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Radon

What Every Bethlehem Area Resident Needs to Know About Radon Gas While radon is a serious problem throughout the country, it can be a particularly dangerous problem for residents of Pennsylvania. The northeast part of the country is home to some of the richest coal and oil shale deposits in the world, but those natural resources often mean an increase in radon gas. If you live in the Bethlehem, PA area, you should have your home tested for radon on a regular basis. Even if your home tested clean before, having the property checked again is a good practice. If you are not familiar with the problems and health risks posed by radon gas, now is the perfect time to do some research. If you have high levels of radon gas in your home, you could be at risk from lung cancer even if you never smoked a cigarette in [...]

Radon

Get Your Bethlehem, Pennsylvania Home Tested For Radon During Radon Action Month Radon is a serious problem throughout the entire country, but it can be a particularly vexing issue for residents of the northeast, like those living in the Bethlehem area. The Bethlehem area has long been a hotbed of radon contamination, and that means that you and your family could be at risk without even knowing it. If you have been living in the Bethlehem area for a long time, you may already have an idea of how dangerous radon can be, but you may not grasp the true scope of the problem. Statistics compiled by the World Health Organization have shown that radon contamination is responsible for some 20,000 deaths from lung cancer each year just in the United States, and some 100,000 deaths around the world. That means that radon gas is responsible for some 15 percent [...]

Friday, December 30, 2011 @ 08:12 PM
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Radon

Why Does Radon Gas Occur in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania? Radon contamination occurs in many cities and towns throughout the United States. Unfortunately, if you live in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, then you reside in one of the cities that have a greater risk of having radon contamination pollute indoor air. You can’t taste, see, or smell radon, so you won’t even know if your Bethlehem, Pennsylvania home is contaminated unless you get it checked by a radon mitigation specialist or purchase the equipment to do so yourself. A known carcinogenic or cancer-causing substance, radon occurs when uranium that is present in the ground breaks down. As radon builds up beneath the earth’s surface, it builds up and searches for a way out. Eventually, radon reaches the earth’s surface and exits through the ground into the open atmosphere or through a building’s structure into its interior. Present in many Bethlehem, Pennsylvania locations, radon enters [...]

Tuesday, November 1, 2011 @ 05:11 PM
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Radon

Removing Radon in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania When it comes to getting rid of radon – that colorless and odorless gas that is the second leading cause of lung cancer – Pennsylvania residents face a number of unique issues. Those living in the northern parts of the united states often suffer from higher levels of radon contamination, simply due to the geography of the region and the nature of the bedrock found there. Since radon has a tendency to seep in through cracks in the bedrock, those whose homes are sitting on this type of foundation can be more prone to a radon problem than those living in other types of climates. In addition to the unique geographical challenges that make radon more prevalent in northeastern climates, those residents also face a number of other challenges. One of those challenges is that Pennsylvania is home to many of the oldest homes in [...]

Thursday, October 27, 2011 @ 06:10 PM
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Radon

What Bethlehem, Pennsylvania Homeowners Should Know About the Risks of Radon The Radon Division of the Pennsylvania Bureau of Radiation Protection urges every homeowner to test his or her residence for radon. This invisible gas—the inevitable product of underground radium and uranium decay—goes undetected without a short-term or long-term test being properly performed. If your Bethlehem home has indoor radon above EPA-recommended levels, you may be at serious risk for lung cancer. The Danger of Radon in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania More than 20,000 Americans die each year from radon-related lung cancer. Although the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) does not regard levels below 4 picocuries per liter (the standard measure of radioactivity) serious enough to demand immediate action, levels as low as 2 pCi/L are estimated to lead to lung cancer in 4 out of every 1,000 people. Indoor radon is the primary cause of lung cancer deaths in the United States [...]