But is anyone thinking about Radon?
Save on the Energy Bill or Save on Your Health Bill?
New homes, schools, office buildings, and more are being built as airtight as possible in an effort to save on energy, and to be able to better control the indoor environment.
But if the indoor environment isn’t properly controlled, contaminants such as formaldehyde, nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide (CO), and radon can build up and circulate throughout the house.
Smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer. Radon is the second leading cause, but the number one cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. Secondhand smoke is the third leading cause.
A cancer-causing radioactive gas that comes from the soil and can seep into any type of building- house, office, school, hospital, etc.…It can get in through cracks in solid floors and walls, construction joints, gaps in suspended floors and around service pipes, cavities inside walls and even in the water supply.
It is found all over the United States, but areas are broken into three zones measured in picocuries per liter of air (pCi/L).
- Zone 1 Highest Potential (greater than 4 pCi/L)
- Zone 2 Moderate Potential (from 2 to 4 pCi/L)
- Zone 3 Low Potential (less than 2 pCi/L)
No level of radon is safe, but anything above 4 pCi/L needs to be mitigated. Franklin County, PA and the immediate surrounding counties are all in Zone 1 meaning those counties have the highest radon exposure risk.
However, if your next-door neighbor’s house tests at 27 pCi/L, your home could test at 36 pCi/L or it could test 2 pCi/L. Many factors play a part in radon levels. The building structure, the wind, how much uranium is in the soil, rocks or water etc…
Just because the surrounding area tests high doesn’t mean your house will test high.
But the only way to know is to test.
Environmental company grows in response to the community’s needs
Baxter Group, Inc. is bursting at the seams after acquisition of the basement waterproofing company, Steven E. Jaymes Contracting, expanding the BGI Radon division, adding a new Indoor Environmentalist, and joining forces with a local HVAC company to improve the indoor air quality of their clients. When Jocelyne Melton, Owner and CEO of Baxter Group, Inc., heard that Steve Jaymes, a long-time friend and owner of Steven E. Jaymes Contracting, was going to retire, she immediately approached him to inquire about his plans for the business. Both parties agreed that the acquisition of Steven’s home improvement company by Baxter Group, Inc. couldn’t have been matched more perfectly. The addition of assets owned by Steven E. Jaymes Contracting to Baxter Group, Inc.’s existing resources allows the company to further accomplish their client’s needs by making more solutions available to the community. Some of the additional resources gained by Baxter Group, Inc. through the acquisition of Steven E. Jaymes Contracting include:
- Wall stabilization
- Home and building improvements
“We’ve been working together for a decade and have been friends for even longer. That made this venture even more exciting.” – Jocelyne Melton, Owner & CEO of Baxter Group, Inc.
Baxter Group, Inc. has also embarked on another new partnership and Building Performance Analyst, Patrick Aaron of Total Comfort, Inc., has agreed to join forces with the company to improve the indoor air quality throughout the community. After working on several projects together, Jocelyne and Patrick realized they share similar values and a strong passion for maintaining the cleanliness of the environment in which we live and breathe. Patrick Aaron stated, “Teaming with Baxter Group, Inc. provides us with the opportunity to better serve our customers. By taking a more holistic approach to a home’s indoor air quality and HVAC systems, we aim to create a much healthier and comfortable living space.” Clients are benefiting tremendously from the expanded knowledge base used in helping to identify problem areas, as well as create solutions for their indoor environmental needs.
Both residential and commercial Clients have the option of receiving a free consultation with Jocelyne Melton and Patrick Aaron to determine the best resolution for their issues.
These free consultations include:
- In-Depth environmental investigations, testing, and remediation services
- Recommended changes to existing HVAC systems
- Products recommended for improving indoor air quality
Baxter Group, Inc. would like to welcome our new Indoor Environmentalist, Jason Young. His background and experience takes our indoor environmental division to a whole new level. Jason has almost 20 years of experience with indoor environmental quality and air filtration. He’s tested emission sources in oil refineries, trash to steam facilities, medical waste facilities, printing facilities etc.…
He’s tested and certified entire production facilities mostly in the Semi-conductor or pharmaceutical industries, has performed HEPA filter leak testing, Laboratory Fume hood testing, Laminar flow device and Biological Safety Cabinet testing and certification.
Jason is here to help with all your indoor environmental quality needs. He’ll work with you to identify the problem and provide the proper remediation resources.
- Global Harmonization Establishment and Maintenance
- Odor Investigations
- Comprehensive Indoor Air Quality Assessments
- Testing for TVOCs, PCBs, formaldehyde, benzene, toluene, dichloroethene (ethylidene chloride), carbon tetrachloride, asphalt fumes, ammonia, ethanol, nicotine, new rug odor, total petroleum hydrocarbons, silica, endotoxins, mycotoxins, PCR – ERMI, bacteria, and so much more.
- Dust Sampling
- Drinking Water Analysis
- Testing for Sick Building Syndrome
- HVAC Cleanliness Inspections
- Preventative Maintenance Programs
While the collaboration ventures were in the works, spring rolled in and the home-buying season took off. Baxter Group, Inc. has now begun working on new construction projects as an addition to the company’s existing radon measurement and mitigation services already being provided to both residential and commercial clients.
The rapid expansion of Baxter Group, Inc.’s radon division was proving to be quite overwhelming for the staff and the addition of personnel dedicated to the division was necessary for ensuring that the company was able to continue delivering quality customer service to their clients. Our client’s loyalty has allowed Baxter Group, Inc.’s radon division to double in size over the past three years.
Jarret Rine and Alex Cox have joined Baxter Group, Inc.’s radon division as part of the field crew, while new employee, Mark Delaney, manages the administration. This group of individuals work hard daily to extinguish all client concerns regarding the presence of radon within their homes and or businesses, while providing top-notch customer service that is nothing short of exceptional.
Baxter Group, Inc. sends a huge “thank you” to each one of its employees dedicated to ensuring the success of the company’s radon division for surviving an incredibly overwhelming transition period, and to each and every one of our clients. We appreciate the support we received from everyone during this painful, yet exciting growth period and we look forward to providing our clients with the highest quality service for many years to come.
Celebrate National Healthy Homes Month!
June 2017 is the Second Annual National Healthy Homes Month.
Indoor Air Quality has been identified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as one of the five most urgent environmental risks to public health. HVACR manufacturers, distributors, and contractors are installing more indoor environmental products noticing that IAQ plays a large role in employee health and performance.
People spend most of their time indoors; National Healthy Homes Month offers concepts and tips for keeping those inside spaces healthy and safe.
The theme for this National Healthy Homes Month is Everyone Deserves a Safe and Healthy Home. Each week in June; NHHM will focus on the “Principals of Healthy Homes” with associated set of activities:
- Childhood lead poisoning prevention
- Residential asthma intervention
- Injury prevention
- Smoke free public housing
- Safe indoor pest control
- Radon Safety
- Disaster Recovery
A series of webinars will also be happening throughout the month.
For resources and activities updates, visit the Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes.