Archive for February, 2012
Radon Gas Testing for Rochester Residents
Radon gas is gaining notoriety as residents of the United States become aware of the role it plays in lung cancer deaths each year. According to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) more than 20,000 people are expected to die this year due to lung cancer caused by radon exposure. This is serious, especially if you live in one of the areas known for high levels of radon, including Rochester, Minnesota. Residents should arrange to have radon gas testing to identify their actual risk and to incorporate radon gas mitigation if necessary.
What is Radon Gas?
Radon gas is formed when uranium goes through the natural breakdown process in the ground. This carcinogenic gas builds up until it must search for a way to escape the small confines it finds itself trapped in. As it does so, radon snakes its way through the ground until it finds an opening that allows it to escape into the air or into a building. If radon escapes into your Rochester home, then it places your family at risk of developing non-small cell lung cancer. If you smoke and radon is present in your home, then your chances of developing lung cancer are even greater.
While radon can enter your home through cracks, holes, and openings in the walls and floors of your home, it can also enter through your water supply. You cannot see or smell this noxious carcinogen. You cannot taste it either. The only way to identify its presence is to arrange for radon gas testing to assess just how much contamination you are being exposed to each day.
Radon Testing Minnesota
Since radon levels fluctuate depending on the time of year as well as weather conditions, it is important to implement radon gas testing each year. In fact, it is highly recommended that each Minnesota resident test for radon contamination at least twice a year in order to determine whether or not this type of pollution has occurred. Each radon gas test kit is accompanied with specific instructions detailing how to use it properly. Failing to follow these instructions in their entirety could result in false test results, placing your family at risk of radon contamination.
Radon Gas Detectors
Choosing a radon gas detector is a simple matter of deciding whether you want to use a short-term device that assesses your level of contamination in a couple of days or a long-term device that takes several months to assess radon levels but provides a more accurate picture. Passive radon gas devices (do not require power to function) include alpha-track detectors, charcoal canisters, and charcoal liquid scintillation devices. Active radon gas detectors (do require power to function) are commonly used by home inspectors, radon gas professionals, and air quality technicians. Typically, active radon gas detectors are in place for several months as they determine the home’s radon levels.
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