Protecting Your Bethlehem Home with Radon Abatement

Monday, June 25, 2012 @ 06:06 PM
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Bethlehem Pennsylvania Radon AbatementRadon is an odorless gas that is produced by decaying uranium underground. The gas is safe outdoors, but can leak into your home and build to dangerously high concentrations. Radon gas is only second to smoking as a cause of lung cancer. If you live in the radon-prone Bethlehem, Pennsylvania area, you can protect your home from radon gas through testing and radon abatement.

Why is Radon Abatement Important?

Testing to determine radon levels is recommended by the Surgeon General and the Environmental Protection Agency for all homes within the United States. This is the only way to ensure that the amount of radon within a home is below a harmful level, since radon gas cannot be detected otherwise. The EPA has established three zone levels to identify areas with the highest possibility of radon gas. The central and eastern portions of the United States have been designated as areas with the highest typical concentration of radon gas. In addition, Bethlehem is located in a level one zone, which has one of the highest averages for radon. The EPA recommends radon abatement procedures be implemented if a house’s levels are higher than 4.0 pCi/L; the average for homes in Bethlehem is actually above that level.

Radon Abatement and Testing in Your Home

Testing for radon is a straightforward process that can be completed within a fairly short period of time. The testing must take place on the lowest level of your home and requires a specialized charcoal canister that will collect radon gas from your home. During the testing, the windows and doors must be kept closed for a period of 12 to 24 hours. Once the test has been completed, the canister will be sent to a lab to measure the radon it has collected. Home radon test kits are available, but you may prefer to rely on SWAT Environmental’s specialists for more accurate results. Accurate testing is essential to determine if radon abatement is required.

Installing a Radon Abatement System

If the testing does report radon levels above 4.0 pCi/L, radon abatement must begin immediately. If you have not done so already, contact SWAT Environmental; their specialists can determine the ideal system to reduce the amount of radon in your home. For example, one commonly used method requires the contractors to drill within the basement floor and excavate the area to install a mitigation pump on the lower level of your home. The pump will remove the gases from the ground and route them outdoors.

The abatement process may become somewhat more complicated if the lower level is a crawlspace. The radon abatement specialist will be able to identify any additional or unique measures that need to be taken inspecting your home. Contacting an expert ensures that both the testing and the radon abatement system installation are performed accurately. Most importantly, it ensures that you protect the health of your family by having the radon gas removed from your home.

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