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What Is Radon and What Causes It?

Radon: Although the name might sound like some comic-book villain, the reality is that this normally unassuming element is far more threatening than any fictional character. In homes and buildings across the U.S., it can pose serious health risks. Here's everything that you ought to know about where it comes from and its impacts.  What Is Radon? Radon is one of the many elements on the periodic table. Unlike the oxygen that you breathe or the carbon that makes up your cells, however, it's a highly radioactive substance.What does this mean? Radon and other radioactive elements undergo a process called decay where they break down into other substances. As they split, they release energy, which is responsible for their many health risks. If this radioactive energy hits the molecules and structures inside your cells, they can break down too, and this process commonly results in cancer. Why Is Radon a Risk...
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Save money on heating costs with thermal insulation

Between holiday shopping and the season's low temperatures, heating your home during the winter months can be brutal on your budget. Thermal insulation can help reduce utility costs this year, no matter what the weather brings. Avoid the pitfalls of fiberglass insulation in your crawlspace by switching to a thermal alternative from Dayton's Pest Control in Knoxville, TN. The Importance of Insulating Your Crawlspace The crawlspaces in many older homes have no insulation at all. This means there is no barrier against cold air in these subterranean spaces. When pipes, heat ducts and appliances in crawl spaces are left without insulation, freezing and heat loss can occur. The ideal choice for Tennessee homes is to entirely close off your crawl space from the cold of winter. By warming the area below, your living spaces above will be cozy all winter long. Heat Loss Through Your Crawlspace A crawlspace makes it harder...
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Don't Invite Pests to Your Thanksgiving Dinner!

If you are like other people, you are already planning your Thanksgiving dinner and will invite your friends and family to join the fun. You won't, however, want to invite pests to your event because they will cause a lot of problems that you will need to avoid. Most people don't want to think about the issue, but overlooking the threat will make the situation even worse. Luckily, you can keep pests away by using a proven plan, and a little effort will go a long way. You must learn about common pests, the problems they can cause and how to stop them in their tracks.  Protecting Your Home Taking steps to secure your home is a smart move in the right direction when your goal is to keep pests away from your Thanksgiving dinner. When you are ready to act, go outside to check the parameter of your home for...
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Radon - As Invisible as a Ghost

As the Fall season approaches, it may not be ghosts and goblins that should alarm you. Perhaps it should be the possible presence of radon and the health implications that can come from exposure to it. What is radon and what problems can it cause? How can it be detected? We will discuss the answers to these important questions here.  What is Radon?  Radon is one of many types of natural gas present in our environment. It is colorless, odorless, and radioactive in nature. Since it is a naturally occurring substance, it can be found at very low levels in water supplies, the outside air, and sometimes indoors as well. Sometimes the radon levels inside a home or office can build up to dangerous levels that lead to numerous health issues. This usually results from an undetected radon leak or poor ventilation within a building.  How Does Exposure to Radon Occur?...
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Types of Spiders in Tennessee

Some people cringe at the mere thought of encountering a terrifying spider. Although most of these eight-legged freaks aren’t dangerous, some species should be avoided at all costs. Here are the most common types of spiders in Tennessee.  Black Widow While all black widows have a scary appearance, the females are the ones you need to worry about. Known for having a red hourglass shape on their body, female black widows are considered to be the most venomous spiders in the country. Some of the common symptoms of a black widow bite include headaches, muscle cramps, and nausea. The good news is that black widows try to avoid human contact. They are often found hiding in dark areas of closets and garages.  Wolf Spider Wolf spiders look horrifying with their hairy bodies. Although wolf spiders aren’t deadly, they will deliver a painful bite. You can expect them to attack immediately when...
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