Archive for March, 2013
Threat of Radon Lung Cancer in Pittsburgh
If you have a home in the Pittsburgh area, then you may already know the precautions needed to have your home protected against radon gas. If you rent an apartment, or are in a multi-family home, then you may not currently be aware of radon lung cancer. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is taking charge and control of the situation for multi-family homes in the Pittsburgh area, and helping reduce the cases of lung cancer.
Radon gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer, and is a serious threat to the health of you and your family. This gas is known to kill 21,000 people each year in the form of lung cancer. Radon lung cancer is responsible for about 15% of all lung cancer. One out of every fifteen homes in the U.S. has high levels of gas, meaning that there is a good chance that your home may have harmful levels.
This gas is formed in the soil when uranium breaks down. Uranium is naturally occurring, and so is its breakdown process. Once formed, the gas can quickly enter your home through the foundation, and even the water supply. As the gas enters, it will build up in concentration until further action is taken to protect your Pittsburgh home. This gas cannot be seen or smelled, and therefore testing is the only way to know whether or not your home is in danger.
Solutions for Radon Lung Cancer in Pittsburgh
Radon lung cancer is a growing concern for many in the Pittsburgh area, but with the help of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD, your health may be dramatically improved. HUD is now requiring that all multi-family homes that are financed through HUD will be required to have a test. Once the test is complete, if the home has high levels of gas, then it will also be required to have an air purification system installed in order to reduce the level of gas.
This regulation set in place by HUD has been applauded by the American Lung Association. The American Lung Association knows that this could be a large decrease in the number of radon lung cancer cases, and further improved health across the nation. The American Lung Association also notes that there air purification systems can also help reduce other forms of lung disease by reducing the amount of moisture, and increasing the ventilation in your home.
S.W.A.T. Environmental would also like to applaud the actions taken by HUD this month, as we know these efforts will greatly improve our steps to making Pittsburgh a safe area by reducing the number of radon lung cancer cases. We are proud to work with your home, and it would be our pleasure to reduce the amount of gas in your multi-family home, apartment, single family home, or even commercial property.
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