Radon Mitigation >> Radon Mitigation

Why is radon the public health risk that it is? EPA estimates that about 20,000 lung cancer deaths each year in the U.S. are radon -related. Exposure to radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking. Radon Mitigation is an odorless, tasteless and invisible gas produced by the decay of naturally occurring uranium in soil and water. 

radon is a form of ionizing radiation and a proven carcinogen. Lung cancer is the only known effect on human health from exposure to radon in air. Thus far, Radon Mitigation there is no evidence that children are at greater risk of lung cancer than are adults. radon in air is ubiquitous. 

radon is found in outdoor air and in the indoor air of buildings of all kinds. EPA recommends homes be fixed if the radon level is 4 pCi/L (picocuries per liter) or Radon Mitigation more. Because there is no known safe level of exposure to radon , EPA also recommends that Americans consider fixing their home for levels between 2 pCi/L and 4 pCi/L. 

The average radon concentration in the indoor air of America's homes is about 1.3 pCi/L. It is upon this Radon Mitigation level that EPA based its estimate of 20,000 radon -related lung cancers a year upon. It is for this simple reason that EPA recommends that Americans consider fixing their homes when the radon level is between 2 pCi/L and 4 pCi/L. 

The average concentration of radon in outdoor air is .4 pCi/L or 1/10th of EPA's 4 pCi/L action level. For smokers the risk of lung cancer is significant due to the synergistic effects of Radon Mitigation and smoking. For this population about 62 people in a 1,000 will die of lung-cancer, compared to 7.3 people in a 1,000 for never smokers. 

Put another way, a person who never smoked (never smoker) who is exposed to 1.3 pCi/L has a 2 in 1,000 chance of lung cancer; Radon Mitigation while a smoker has a 20 in 1,000 chance of dying from lung cancer. Figure A compares the risks between smokers and never smokers; smokers are at a much higher risk than never smokers, e.g., at 8 pCi/L the risk to smokers is six times the risk to never smokers. 

The radon health risk is underscored by the fact that in 1988 Congress added Title III on Indoor Radon Mitigation Abatement to the Toxic Substances Control Act. It codified and funded EPA's then fledgling radon program. Also that year, Radon Mitigation the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General issued a warning about radon urging Americans to test their homes and to reduce the radon level when necessary (U.S. Surgeon General). 

Unfortunately, many Americans presume that because the action level is 4 pCi/L, Radon Mitigation a radon level of less than 4 pCi/L is "safe". This perception is altogether too common in the residential real estate market. In managing any risk, we should be concerned with the greatest risk. 

For most Americans, their greatest exposure to Radon Mitigation is in their homes; especially in rooms that are below grade (e.g., basements), rooms that are in contact with the ground and those rooms immediately above them.

Storm Damage

If you own a mobile home in an area that has extreme thunderstorms with high winds you know the likelihood of the skirting around your home coming loose and blowing off. This will of course leave your crawlspace open to the elements and being vulnerable to Crawl Space Drying Storm Damage. There are many people that fac  read more..

How To Remove Flood Damage Debris

General Conditions and Special Provisions Project Schedule: Prepare a time schedule beginning with start of mobilization through completion of demobilization. Provide a timeline for all major items of work. Site Specific Injury and Illness Prevention Plan (IIPP): Prepare a site specific IIPP which  read more..

Water Leak Detector

Leaking plumbing fixtures within homes can cause high water bills, excessive loss of water, and increased flow to the sewer system. Toilets Many leaks occur in toilets and may not be immediately recognized since there is no visible sign of a leak. Leaks in toilets can occur at the overflow pipe   read more..

How To Remove A Fire Smoke Smell From Furniture

Guidance on protecting workers in offices and similar indoor workplaces from wildfire smoke has been developed by the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA), in consultation with technical staff from several other California agencies. This document (attached as Appendi  read more..

Fire Damage

Any case of fire damage that the fire department or the use of fire sprinklers have been involved will require a certain amount of Dehumidification Fire Damage. When a typical fire breaks out and the fire department arrives, in almost every case water will be employed to put out the fire. The utilization of the water  read more..

Women Exposed To Lead Poisoning

Women exposed to lead may experience menstrual disturbances including dysmenorrhea, menorrhagia and amenorrhea. Following exposure to lead, women have a higher frequency of sterility, premature births, spontaneous miscarriages, and stillbirths. Germ cells can be affected by lead and Lead Paint Removal Women Exposed To Lead Poisoning cause genet  read more..

Radon Maps

Biological Air Pollutants Provide adequate outdoor air ventilation. Keep equipment water reservoirs clean. Eliminate standing water, wash bedding and soft toys frequently in hot water. Vacuum carpets and upholstered furniture regularly. Read more at www.epa.gov/iaq/biologic.html Volatile O  read more..

Freeze Dry Documents For Water Restoration

About 25 Alabama counties are already preparing loose marriage licenses, divorces, estate case files, and Confederate pension records for microfilming by the GSU. Another 15 counties have expressed interest in starting a loose records project. If your county government, historical society or genealo  read more..

Recovering Hurricane Katrina

Attachment of Brick Veneer in High-Wind Regions Hurricane Katrina Recovery Advisory FEMA December 2005 Purpose: To recommend practices for installing brick veneer that will enhance wind resistance in high-wind areas. Key Issues. Brick veneer is frequently blown off Wind Damage Recovering Hurricane Katrina walls of resid  read more..

Flood Maps

Why is participation in the NFIP on a community basis rather than on an individual basis? The National Flood Damage Flood Maps Insurance Act of 1968 allows FEMA to make flood maps insurance available only in those areas where the appropriate public body has adopted adequate flood maps management regulations for its fl  read more..