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Tuesday, March 27, 2012 @ 04:03 PM
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Deadly Radon Gas Trend in Ft. Collins Solved by Radon Mitigation Colorado

Radon Mitigation Fort CollinsDangerous radon gas buildup is a common problem in many homes throughout the United States, but Colorado is home to especially high concentrations of radon. In Ft. Collins, three out of four homes have been found to contain radon levels at or above 4 pCi/L, the danger threshold as defined by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. If you have not yet done so, call SWAT Environmental immediately to test your home’s radon levels; if necessary, they can begin radon mitigation to keep your family safe.

You may wonder exactly how radon gas can infiltrate your home in the first place. Radon is a common radioactive gas that is created by the natural atomic decay of uranium found in the soil. This occurs virtually everywhere, but is only dangerous when the gas accumulates in enclosed spaces like homes or offices. Radon often seeps into these areas through openings in crawl spaces, basements or foundations. An invisible, odorless gas, radon can easily escape detection without specialized testing. Individuals exposed to excessive radon buildup over extended periods of time have been found to be at a high risk for lung cancer.

SWAT Environmental Colorado Radon Testing & Radon Mitigation

Fortunately, dealing with radon is not difficult. Detecting whether radon levels in a home are dangerous or not determines whether it is necessary to install a radon mitigation system. Radon level testing can be easily handled by SWAT Environmental professionals; this professional-grade testing is by far the most accurate available. However, you can also purchase both short-term and long-term testing kits yourself as an additional precaution.

In homes or offices where excessive radon is discovered, installing a mitigation system is highly advised. In fact, in new housing built in Ft. Collins after 2004, these systems are required by law. Radon mitigation systems involve installing a plastic pipe system under a structure’s basement or crawl space and connecting it to the underlying soil, then extending it to the outside of the building. This allows the radon gas to be harmlessly vented into open air. In most cases a fan will be installed as well to guarantee efficient operation.

There is also a possibility of radon water contamination, if a home’s water is drawn from a private well and excessive levels of radon are detected in the house. SWAT Environmental specialists can deal with this problem as well. If your home’s water is found to contain dangerous radon levels, there are two options to remove the radon. One is aeration treatment, which involves mixing the water with or exposing it to air which will vent the radon harmlessly. The other method involves passing the affected well water through granular activated carbon filters, which removes the radon and returns the water to safe levels.

Radon is easy to detect and simple to deal with in any home, but is very dangerous if left untreated. As common as excessive radon gas is in Ft. Collins, there is no reason to delay radon mitigation from SWAT Environmental to ensure that your home remains safe and healthy.