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Radon gas is a major problem in Allentown and throughout Pennsylvania. Statistics from the Department of Environmental Protection (D.E.P.) indicate that about 22,000 lung cancer deaths that happen every year are caused radon. This makes radon the second leading cause of lung cancer, after tobacco smoking. Therefore, radon gas is among the most important topics regarding lung cancer and indoor air quality issues. Radon mitigation is defined as the process of removing this dangerous carcinogen from indoor environments inhabited by humans. Radon is an odorless, invisible and tasteless radioactive gas which is very abundant in Allentown PA soil. This gas has adverse effects on our indoor air quality.

To put the severity of radon exposure into perspective: if your home contains a radon gas concentration of 4 pCi/l, then your family is being exposed to radiation levels that exceed the allowable limits for radioactive waste facilities and nuclear power plants. Based on scientific research, children exposed to radon gas have higher chances of getting lung cancer than their elder counterparts. This is attributed to the higher respiration rate in children. Also, radon exposure is acknowledged as the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers (which encompasses both children and adults.) If you have detected a radon problem in your Allentown PA home, you should take action immediately by contacting the radon removal team at SWAT Environmental.

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Because radon gas is odorless and tasteless, radon testing is the only way to ascertain whether the radon levels within the Allentown PA dwelling are hazardous. Testing of radon levels is usually the first step taken before mitigation can be done. Radon testing helps to determine both the long-term and short-term risk of exposure within the building. According to the World Health Organization, radon levels of 2.7 pCi/l in the air is considered to be a threat. Short-term radon testing is the fastest way to detect unhealthy radon levels. However, when “marginal” short-term levels (2 pCi/l to 5 pCi/l) are identified, a retest is recommended to ensure that the first test was an accurate assessment of indoor radon exposure within the dwelling. This is because radon levels tend to fluctuate due to changes in pressure and other weather conditions.

When testing for the presence of radon, devices are deployed in the building. Some radon testing devices display radon levels “real time” on a digital display. In other cases, the devices must be sent to the laboratory for analysis. However, if radon gas is being tested in the water supply, then the analysis must be done in the laboratory so the radioactive decay products can be counted within the water sample. In Allentown Pennsylvania, it is fairly uncommon to find waterborne radon levels high enough to warrant mitigation. However, it would be advisable to test the water supply just to be certain, especially if the water is supplied from an underground well.


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After the radon testing procedures are completed, the results will indicate if radon mitigation is necessary or not. If the radon gas concentration is above 2.0 pCi/l, it is advisable that you consider some type radon mitigation efforts. When levels are 4.0 pCi/l or above, most major health organizations say that it’s time to take action and get the problem fixed.

There are several methods of radon mitigation that are commonly used in the Allentown PA area. In many cases, radon levels can be reduced by up to 99%. A common method of reducing radon levels in homes with basements is sub-slab depressurization (SSD). This method utilizes PVC pipes that extend from the slab of the home all the way up to the roof. An inline suction fan is installed within the pipe to draw the radon gas out of the ground and expel it above the roof.

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Another common method of radon mitigation is known as sub-membrane depressurization. This type of system is utilized when a home has a crawl space with exposed dirt, sand, or gravel. The configuration is similar to an SSD system, but the difference is that a polyethylene plastic barrier (membrane) is installed over the exposed floor and the PVC pipes and fan are used to draw the gas from below the membrane, then expel it above the roof of the home.  

Hiring a qualified and experience radon mitigation specialist is one of the most important steps when it comes to keeping your family safe from this deadly gas. SWAT Environmental of Allentown, Pennsylvania has the largest and most experienced team of radon specialists in the country. So, when you choose SWAT of PA to fix your radon problem, you know you’re in good hands!