By Pamela Ellis

Radon is a natural, odorless, colorless, and tasteless gas that is the radioactive decay product of uranium. It varies in amounts from location to location, with some areas showing much higher levels of the gas than others, for instance, there is a higher natural percentage of radon in Denver than in Houston, making it more of concern in those areas with higher concentration. Though it exists outside in levels that are not a risk to health, it does accumulate in confined areas of buildings and homes and is considered a significant contaminant that negatively affects indoor air quality and this brings about the issue of Radon Mitigation Will County.

When properly installed and maintained, a residential gas prevention system can reduce toxicity levels by as much as 99 percent. But appropriate gas reduction methods vary from house to house depending on each home's construction.

The harmful effects of ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun go way beyond nasty sunburns. Most people know that overexposure to UV radiation can cause skin cancer. It's also common knowledge that at least one type of skin cancer -malignant melanoma-can spread quickly enough to be fatal.

For homes with basements or slab-on-grade foundations, the most popular gas abatement technique is sub-slab depressurization. This process involves drilling a small hole in the floor of your basement and excavating a narrow cavity below. A pump or suction pipe is inserted through the floor slab to vacuum the gas (and any other organic contaminants) out of the ground. These gases are then vented to the outside of your home and harmlessly dispersed into the air.

Do your research, talk to someone you trust, and make your best choice quickly. And if you haven't had your home tested for gas in the last 3 years, make plans to find out your home's gas levels as soon as possible.

Guarding Against Gas- Protecting your family from gas can be just as easy as protecting family members from too much sun -perhaps even more so. A do-it-yourself gas test kit designed for homeowners costs less than what you'd pay for most beach umbrellas. DIY gas test kits are available at hardware stores, home centers and online. These kits are easy to use and yield accurate results if you follow the manufacturer's directions.

If test results show a hazardous level of gas (4 or more picocuries per liter), there's no need to panic. Health risks come with long-term exposure, and this can be avoided by calling in a gas a licensed gas mitigation specialist. The price of a typical gas abatement system will certainly exceed a summers-worth of beach passes.

If you are concerned about gas gas and not sure if you should install a gas prevention system the first thing to do of course is to test your home. Home gas test kits can be bought at most hardware stores or home improvement big box stores like Lowes. Your local gas prevention companies will also have some test kits for purchase.

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