Archive for November, 2011
Milwaukee, Wisconsin Radon Mitigation
According to the Air Quality report on the Milwaukee, Wisconsin official website, two out of every five residences in Milwaukee, Wisconsin have radon levels of more than 4 picocuries per liter, the level at which the Environmental Protection Agency urges homeowners to take action to reduce indoor radon. This is far above the national annual average of 1.3 pCi/L. The geological region of Milwaukee, Wisconsin may lead to higher levels of radon. Construction of your home may also be causes of radon as well. Even New homes are at risk of radon. Luckily radon detection tests are easy to come by, as well as inexpensive, and often radon mitigation is relatively simple and cost-effective. Radon occurs in nature everywhere uranium is present under the ground. It results from the breakdown of radium which results from the decay of uranium.
Radon is an invisible gas that rises through the bedrock and topsoil of your property to find its way into your home. Outdoors radon is deemed harmless, since it becomes diluted, but indoor radon is another story. Inside a home, radon can become trapped, breaking down into particles you and your family breathe in as you go about your daily activities.
The EPA documents over 20,000 deaths related to radon each year. Breathing radon particles puts you at greater risk for developing lung cancer, even if otherwise you are in good respiratory health. As a matter of fact, radon is the leading cause of cancer of the lungs among non-smokers, and the second leading cause of lung cancer among smokers.
Radon – The Silent Killer
Invisible, tasteless, and odorless, it cannot be detected without specialized test kits. Fortunately, test kits are low costs (usually under $25), easy to find (sold at most home improvement and hardware stores), and simple to administer. A short-term test—usually performed on a lower level of the home such as a basement or crawl space—take from 2 to 7 days. Once the testing period is over, you typically send off the kit to a lab for analysis. A long-term test—usually placed in the living area of the family home—takes from 90 days to one year—gives you an annual average reading for radon infiltration.
You can perform a radon detection test yourself or hire a certified Milwaukee, Wisconsin radon mitigation specialist to administer one, then look over your home to assess your radon risks. If radon is above the acceptable levels in your home, further action may be required. You may be able to reduce some of the radon levels on your own, but I would recommend having a professional handle the situation. Don’t leave your Milwaukee, Wisconsin family at risk- Test for radon today.
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