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Baxter Group Grows Radon Division

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Baxter Group, Inc. has expanded its radon measurement, mitigation, and administration staff to better serve the community. Along with their residential and commercial measurement, Baxter Group, Inc. now offers radon measurement and mitigation systems for new construction. The company has doubled since 2014 because of loyal clients.

Employees Jarret Rine and Alex Cox have joined the radon field team, while Mark Delaney manages the administration of the division. This group of individuals are here to extinguish your radon concerns with exceptional service.

A thank you to Terry Toms for surviving an incredibly overwhelming transition period and performing almost as a one-man show. As always, a huge thank you to our wonderful clients. We appreciate all your support during our growing pains and look forward to providing the very best service for years to come.

Spring Maintenance Checklist

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 Spring Maintenance Checklist

For facilities managers and homeowners alike, Spring starts with cleanup. Some tips to remember while performing Spring maintenance and cleanup:

 

  • Reduce your chance of being exposed to contaminants through proper use of personal protection equipment,
  • Minimize the use of chemicals that leave residual compounds and could impact building occupants,
  • Increase ventilation before, during, and immediately after cleaning, and
  • Be alert to signs of inadequate ventilation, evidence of water intrusions or moisture marks, and evidence of mold growth.

 

A good Spring Maintenance Checklist includes the following:

 

  • Gutters and downspouts are draining water away from the buildings
  • Gutters and downspouts are debris-free
  • Trip and fall hazards are removed
  • Choking hazards are eliminated
  • Sharp edge hazards are addressed
  • Fencing is secure around pools or trenches
  • Rodent infestations are addressed
  • Window wells are debris-free
  • Exterior drains are debris-free
  • Interior drains are debris-free
  • Puddling inside or outside is addressed
  • Sump pumps are tested and properly working
  • Dehumidifiers are tested and properly working
    • Set at 45% humidity
    • Filters clean
    • Draining properly
  • Roof shingles and flashing are intact
  • Chimney and chimney flashing are intact
  • Attic vents are clear of congestion
  • All painted surfaces, inside and outside, are intact
  • Flashing below windows and doors are intact
  • No broken or cracked glass in windows
  • No leaks around windows and doors
  • Dryer vents are clean
  • Exhaust ducts are clear
  • Any evidence of water or moisture damage is addressed
  • Washer and dishwasher hoses and connections are secure
  • No evidence of water pipe leaks
  • Refrigerator drip pan is clean
  • No damage around sinks, showers, or tubs
    • Sink, tub, and shower are drains operating effectively
  • Hot water heater and boiler have no leaks
  • Septic tanks are not full
  • Bath and kitchen exhaust fans are operational
  • All exhaust and HVAC filters are clean and operational
  • All electric cords are intact
    • Ground fault interrupters are operating properly
  • Smoke and CO alarms are charged and operating properly
  • Insulation in attics and crawlspaces are intact
  • Radon manometer is reading appropriately
    • Proper radon measurement taken (every two years)

 

Spring and Summer become so much more enjoyable when maintenance has been performed and major catastrophes prevented. Once all these items are checked, follow up with projects to maintain the property or get it up to “snuff”.

Baxter Group, Inc. Educational Programs

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Bring awareness to your company, safety team, or organization on topics surrounding healthy indoor environments. Baxter Group, Inc. will come to you! Learn about healthy environmental living and the know-how to stay healthy at home and in the office. Our professionals provide various educational programs on safety topics, specific contaminant topics, and many more. All programs can all be tailored specifically to meet your group’s needs.

Topics include:

  • Healthy Homes
  • Healthy Buildings
  • Asbestos
  • Lead-Based Paint
  • Mold
  • Radon
  • HVAC Contamination
  • Indoor Environmental Quality

Education can include:

  • Identification
  • Health Effects
  • Hazards
  • Safety Precautions
  • How to Remedy

These programs are perfect for safety tailgate meetings, employee training sessions, group presentations, auxiliary and business meetings, PTA, and more. Any groups interested in healthy environments to live in and work in will be inspired.

Baxter Group, Inc. has already been given the opportunity to provide these services to some organizations, including Brechbill and Helman, Associated Builders and Contractors, Wilson College Facilities Department, and real estate agencies.

Contact the office today at 717-263-7341, or fill out our contact form.

How Do I Know If My Home Has Radon?

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Radon in Home

 

 

Radon is an odorless, colorless, tasteless, naturally occurring radioactive gas that comes from the breakdown of uranium in rocks and soil.  Uranium deposits can be found randomly throughout our environment.  Radon gas enters buildings through hollow block walls, cracks in the foundation floor or walls, and opening around drains, pipes and sump pump holes.  Therefore, the only way to determine if radon gas is entering your building is through testing.

 

There are two types of radon tests:

  • Short term:  These tests typically last from 48 hours to seven days.  Closed house conditions must be maintained during the test.
  • Long term:  These tests typically last from 90 days to a year and provide a long-term average of the building’s radon level.  Closed house conditions are not required for this test.

A radon mitigation system is recommended for any building whose test results show levels of 4 pCi/L (picocuries per liter) or higher.

 

It is estimated that 40 percent of Pennsylvania homes have radon levels greater than the EPA guideline of 4 pCi/L.  Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States today and is estimated to cause approximately 21,000 deaths annually.

Is the Silent Killer Creeping Through Your Home?

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silent killer

 

Is the Silent Killer Creeping Through Your Home?

Radon is an invisible, odorless, colorless radioactive gas.  It fills our basements, creeps up through openings in the floor and walls and enters the air that we breathe.  It does not cause a cough, nor does it make our eyes sore or our nose run.  It is silent and deadly being the number one cause of lung cancer to non-smokers and the number two cause of lung cancer to smokers.

 

How do you know that radon has infiltrated your home?  The only way is to have a radon measurement taken.  Can something be done about it?  Yes, a radon mitigation system can remove the contaminant from your home.

 

Why do some homes have radon and others do not?  Radon is a radioactive gas caused by the natural decay of uranium.  Uranium deposits are randomly found throughout the soil.  So, one home may have a deposit under or near it and the home right next door may have no radon issues.  That is why it is important to have a radon measurement taken.

 

Radon gas moves through the ground seeking an escape.  Its escape route may be the cracks in a foundation, the openings for electric lines and plumbing, the areas where the floor meets with the wall.  Your home then traps the radon where it can build up to excessive levels.  It does not matter if it is a well-sealed home or a drafty home, a home with a basement or a home without.  Any home may have levels of radon.  No level is a safe level.

 

The best solution:  have your home tested.