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Thursday, March 29, 2012 @ 07:03 PM
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Finding and Fixing a Radon Gas Problem with Radon Mitigation Wisconsin

Radon Mitigation MilwaukeeRadon is a colorless, odorless and tasteless radioactive gas that can sneak into your house through cracks in its foundation or through its drinking water, potentially posing a significant health risk to you and your family. According to the U.S. Surgeon General, radon gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer deaths in the U.S.; only cigarettes take more lives. Statistics from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services show that between five and ten percent of all homes across the state of Wisconsin contain levels of radon gas above the EPA guideline of 4.0 pCi/L. According to Conrad Weiffenbach from the State of Wisconsin Health Department in Madison, the average indoor levels of radon in Milwaukee County are 3.9 pCi/L, just below the EPA guideline. However, 35 percent of the samples taken showed levels above the EPA limit. Clearly, radon is an issue of which you should be aware if you live in the Milwaukee area.

Since radon is not detectable by via the normal senses, you must rely on specialized testing to detect its presence — and to determine when its levels are high in enough to require radon mitigation. Most home radon tests use an activated charcoal filter that traps radon atoms. After a predetermined period of time the kit is sent to a lab that actually counts the number of trapped atoms to determine the concentration of radon. However, experts like those at SWAT Environmental use a different type of test that requires a special piece of equipment called a CRM, or Continuous Radon Monitor. The CRM produces your radon test results within a couple of days rather than weeks.

SWAT Environmental WI Radon Mitigation

If the radon gas level in your home is above the EPA guideline, you should have SWAT Environmental technicians begin the radon mitigation process immediately. The process of getting rid of the radon and then keeping it out permanently is known as mitigation. Some methods SWAT Environmental’s specialists can use, depending on the specific requirements of your home, may include soil suction, in which radon is actually sucked out of the soil from under your home and ventilated away from it; pressurizing the home to keep the gas from entering it in the first place; sealing all cracks and gaps through which it can enter; and installing specialized filters to remove radon gas from the house’s water supply if necessary. According to the Milwaukee Public Water Department, water used for the city’s supply comes from Lake Michigan, not from an underground aquifer. Therefore, there is no need to be worried about radon in city water since the gas does not exist in surface water. However, private wells can potentially be contaminated.

The State of Wisconsin is very involved when it comes to the subject of radon gas; it continues to maintain research and education efforts, as well as a statewide network of Radon Information Centers. These centers provide information and advisory services to the public in regards to radon gas. This simply goes to show how serious the health impact that radon gas can have, and how important it is that you have SWAT Environmental protect your family as soon as possible with a radon mitigation system.