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Thursday, April 18, 2013 @ 04:04 PM
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Philadelphia Radon Mitigation and HUD

HUD Philadelphia Radon MitigationThe HUD regulations mentioned in the last month article from S.W.A.T. Environmental are in full affect. This means that now is the time that you must take action with possible Philadelphia radon mitigation in order to ensure that your home is safe and sound. If you did not know, HUD is now requiring that every multi-family home financed through HUD must have every unit tested for radon gas. If the home returns high levels of radon gas, it must have a radon mitigation system installed. This ensures that tenants are entitled to a radon free home, and helps reduce the number of annual deaths.

The reason this has become such a big concern for HUD and the rest of the United States is that over 20,000 people die each year from this gas. If we are to reduce this number, we will have to start somewhere. There is no better place to start reducing radon gas deaths than here and now. As the second leading cause of lung cancer, the health effects often take a while before they are apparent. If we are to reduce radon gas now, we will surely see large improvements in the health of many generations to come.

Handling Philadelphia Radon Mitigation

The first step in handling Philadelphia radon mitigation is to have a radon test. The long term test is a preferred method of many as it will generate slightly more accurate results. The short term test will take much less time, so if you are in a hurry it is definitely the test to choose. Both tests will provide sufficiently accurate results, and allow you to have a much better gauge on whether or not a Philadelphia radon mitigation system will be needed or not.

If your radon test results show high levels of radon gas, then further action will be necessary. You will need to contact a professional who can provide you with Philadelphia radon mitigation. If your gas levels are not very high, then no further action is required. It is important to point out that this testing and mitigation is applicable to each unit of every multi-family home, meaning that you may be in need of several Philadelphia radon mitigation systems.

S.W.A.T. Environmental has the years of experience, and the knowledge necessary to reduce the levels of gas in your home, and make for certain that the home is a safe place for you and your family. Regardless of whether this is simply a rental property, or your personal home, you are going to want to make sure that the gas levels are reduced as much as possible to stay compliant with HUD, and have a healthy place to live. Call S.W.A.T. Environmental today for a free quote, and see how one of our experienced, knowledgeable, trained, and properly certified specialists can help reduce the gas levels in your Philadelphia home.

Thursday, March 7, 2013 @ 09:03 PM
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The American Lung Association and Radon Lung Cancer

Radon Lung CancerPhiladelphia, PA residents may know what it is like to rent from a bad landlord. While we hope that our landlord is always more than willing to provide us the much needed service to ensure that our apartment or space is safe, and operating well, landlords do not always comply. Radon lung cancer, is a growing threat to the area of Philadelphia, and without proper treatment, it may have taken over the area you live in.

While this may have been a topic that you could lose sleep over, it no longer has to be if you are renting a multi-family home that is being financed through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD, has made it a mandatory requirement that all multi-family homes financed through them must receive a radon test.

It is important that a radon test is done to Philadelphia homes, as this gas cannot be seen or smelled. Essentially, there is no way of knowing whether or not you are in danger until your home is tested, or it is too late. Additionally, HUD has made it a requirement that all multi-family homes financed through them that return test results that show high levels of this gas will be required to have a mitigation system installed to reduce radon lung cancer.

Radon Lung Cancer Reduction Methods in Philadelphia

Radon mitigation systems have been proven to reduce levels of radon gas by as much as 99%. S.W.A.T. Environmental has been providing radon mitigation for decades now and has the ability to dramatically reduce the levels of gas in your Philadelphia home. Regardless of how long it has been since you last tested your home, make sure to call a professional. Now that it is a legal requirement for all to have a mitigation system installed if a Philadelphia home is tested with high levels of gas, and it is a multi-family home financed through HUD, we are hoping to make a large impact in the community through our air purification systems.

21,000 people die from radon gas on an annual basis. Recent studies have actually shown that 15% of all lung cancer cases are caused by this horrible gas. As the second leading cause of lung cancer, it is understandable why there have been much more recent efforts in reducing the threat of this gas.

The American Lung Association is proud of the efforts that HUD has made to improve the quality of lung health in Philadelphia, and across the nation. It is an amazing thing to see both of these organizations doing so much in the community to reduce the levels of gas, and improve the safety for those who rent in Philadelphia. With S.W.A.T. Environmental providing the air purification needed, we should be able to see a serious decrease in radon lung cancer.

Thursday, February 7, 2013 @ 05:02 PM
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Need in Philadelphia for Radon Mitigation in School

Radon Mitigation in Schools in PhiladelphiaRadon mitigation is a commonly used term for people who wish to reduce the amount of radon in their home, office building, or other area. While many Philadelphia, PA residents have taken the time to call a professional to conduct mitigation on one of their personal structures, many have not taken the time to invest this technology in our school children. Many of our schools have not hired a mitigation specialist. Across the nation, one out of every five schools has high levels of radon gas, but many schools have not taken any action in reducing their radon levels.

Philadelphia residents need to take control of their school system by supporting a bill that is being proposed by a congressman from Iowa for radon mitigation in schools. This bill will provide the necessary grant funding for schools to have both radon testing, and mitigation as needed. Testing is needed because it is impossible to know whether or not a Philadelphia school is infested with this gas without a test. Radon is invisible, and cannot be smelled either, meaning that a test is the only way that a professional can accurately determine the health level.

Radon Mitigation in schools in Philadelphia

The reason we are stressing radon mitigation in schools so much is because this gas is known to kill 20,000 people each year through lung cancer. Radon is responsible for one out of every seven cases of lung cancer. This means that while many people go through their entire lives without smoking a cigarette, they are still diagnosed with lung cancer because no one took action to protect their schools or homes. If you live in Philadelphia, PA you need to make sure that your school is radon free by speaking with the administration, and asking for their test results or to see the mitigation system in place. You may be shocked at how few schools have this.

For a little background on radon gas, radon forms in the soil beneath homes and buildings which have high levels of uranium. Uranium is in many soils, and once it breaks down, it forms radon gas. In a gaseous form, it may enter in many ways such as entering the water supply, or even going through the foundation. No matter how radon enters, radon mitigation in schools in Philadelphia is needed in order to reduce the risk of exposure and lung cancer.

Now is the time that we should take action in choosing a professional company for radon mitigation in schools. S.W.A.T. Environmental has the nation’s trust as the leading radon mitigation company, and has reduced the levels by as much as 99% in many homes and commercial buildings. Our Philadelphia school system needs a company that can reduce the levels of gas effectively and efficiently. Let your local politicians and school board members know the need for radon mitigation in schools.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013 @ 08:01 PM
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Radon Action Month in Philadelphia, PA

Radon Action Month PhiladelphiaMore than one out of seven cases of lung cancer are caused by radon gas. This means that you may not even touch a single cigarette, but still be diagnosed with lung cancer. Killing 20,000 people each year, radon gas is a serious threat that you should take the proper precaution to reduce your risk. One out of every fifteen homes are infected, and areas such as Philadelphia may have a higher risk.

Radon action month is fast approaching and you need to be prepared to take the proper action for your Philadelphia home. There are many things you can do to prepare your home against this horrible gas. The first thing you should do is understand where radon comes from. Radon forms from the uranium in your soil breaking down. As uranium breaks down, radon gas forms. This is a natural process that cannot be stopped. As the gas forms, it will seep into small spaces such as the foundation of your home, or even your water supply. In some cases, radon gas enters your home through building materials. No matter how radon enters your Philadelphia home, it needs to be removed.

Radon Action Month Starts Action Against Radon

Radon action month is the time in which you need to prepare your Philadelphia home. If you have never tested your home for radon gas, radon action month is the perfect time. Radon cannot be seen or smelled, making radon action month the perfect time to test. Once you have your test results, you will be able to take the appropriate action against your home. If your Philadelphia home does not have high levels of gas, then no further action is required. If your home has high levels of radon gas, then you will need to contact a professional radon mitigation company.

S.W.A.T. Environmental can provide the mitigation your home needs during radon action month. We are local to the Philadelphia area, and have decades of experience in radon removal. This makes us the ideal company for you to hire during radon action month. Do not risk your chance of getting lung cancer with a contractor who is not properly educated in radon gas. Call S.W.A.T. Environmental for a free quote on the professional air purification service you need.

If your Philadelphia home already has mitigation, then you can be an advocate for the dangers of radon gas by speaking to your friends, family, and neighbors about the dangers of radon gas. Once you have consulted with your neighbors, they may get the lifesaving mitigation system that they need to reduce their levels. If your Philadelphia home needed mitigation, there is a good chance that your neighbor’s home may need mitigation as well. No matter what stage you are at, be sure to take action during this radon action month and save lives with radon mitigation.

Monday, December 3, 2012 @ 08:12 PM
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Philadelphia Radon Concerns and Lung Cancer

Lung Cancer Risks Preventable with Radon Gas MitigationMany people in the United States already know that radon gas is dangerous, but Philadelphia residents may not be fully aware to the extent in which radon gas may be harm your health. When it comes to lung cancer, we often quickly make associations with cigarettes and tobacco. Unfortunately, the possibility of lung cancer is not limited to smokers and tobacco users. In fact, lung cancer is not limited to simple secondhand smoke inhalers either.

Recent studies have proven that roughly 16% of all lung cancer cases are caused by radon gas. As a Philadelphia resident, this should come as a major shock, and be an area of concern. Due to the region, there is a good chance that your home may have dangerously high levels of radon gas, and therefore need proper radon gas mitigation in order to properly reduce the levels.

Every year, radon gas kills 20,000 people, meaning that it is one of the most deadly health concerns that you will ever have to worry about. What you may not know is that radon gas can easily be treated, if you call a licensed professional who has the experience in the industry. We specialize in radon gas mitigation and have helped thousands upon thousands of families breathe clean air again with a new radon gas mitigation system

Radon Gas Mitigation in Philadelphia

As we are located right here in Philadelphia, we have been able to get a sense of the normal ways radon gas may affect your home. Radon gas forms from the Uranium breaking down in your soil. As the Uranium breaks down, it forms radon gas which is radioactive. Radon cannot be seen or smelled, meaning that testing is the only for sure way to know whether or not it has entered your home. One of the most common methods for home entry is through the foundation, as radon gas may fit into the smallest of places, and thus affect your entire Philadelphia home, and more importantly, your health.

Now is a better time than ever to take action with radon gas mitigation for your Philadelphia home. If you have not already had a professional test for radon gas, then I highly recommend that you speak to someone soon. Once you have your results, you will be able to have a better idea of the urgency required for your Philadelphia home.

As previously mentioned, we are local to the Philadelphia area, meaning that we know the ins and outs of dealing with radon gas specifically for Pennsylvania residents. We have the experience you need to be working for you when it comes to your health. We have all the necessary certifications, and can reduce your gas levels by as much as 99%. A new radon gas mitigation system may be cheaper than you think. Contact us today for a free quote on a new radon gas mitigation system, and see what S.W.A.T. Environmental can do for you.

Friday, October 26, 2012 @ 07:10 PM
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Philadelphia Air Quality Awareness Month

Philadelphia, PA Indoor Air QualityIn case you did not know, October is air quality awareness month in Philadelphia, PA. During this month, S.W.A.T. Environmental encourages citizens of Philadelphia to educate themselves about all of the dangers involved with poor air quality. We also encourage you to take action against the poor air quality in the Philadelphia area with radon mitigation, or an air purification system to reduce the levels of pollutants, and improve your Philadelphia air quality.

In order to know whether or not you need to worry about poor air quality, you should see if you or a loved one falls within a high risk group. Children are considered a higher risk because of their developing lungs. Those who spend more time outdoors than the average person, and those who already have an existing lung condition may be at an increased risk to the adverse health effects of poor air quality.

Let us take a look at the health risks associated with poor air quality in Philadelphia. If you expose yourself to poor air quality, you may be subject to tightness in the chest, shortness of breath, reduced white blood cells, and permanent lung damage. Each year roughly 2 million people perish from poor indoor air quality, and in excess of a million additional lives are lost from poor outdoor air quality.

We have yet to even touch on radon gas which is another indoor air threat for Philadelphia residents. Did you know that over 20,000 people die each year from radon gas in the form of lung cancer? This means that more people die from radon gas than drunk driving. The gas forms naturally in your soil, meaning that it could occur in nearly any Philadelphia home. Seeping through your foundation and into your home, there is no way to detect whether this deadly gas is present in your Philadelphia home without a radon test.

Air Quality Index of Philadelphia

Philadelphia residents can relax a little bit knowing that the air quality level is clearly displayed by the EPA. The EPA has developed a program to state the overall air quality of cities throughout the United States, meaning that you can quickly judge whether or not it is okay to go outside. The scale runs from zero to five hundred, and any level above fifty contains some type of health risk. As the number increases, so does your health risk, so be careful.

As previously mentioned, this is air quality awareness month. While you may not be able to change the total air quality of Philadelphia, you can change the air quality in your Philadelphia home. You can contact S.W.A.T. Environmental for a free quote on an air purification system that reduces the level of pollutants, and provides radon mitigation, improving the air quality of your home. Do not risk your health any longer, and take action during air quality awareness month for your Philadelphia home.

Thursday, September 20, 2012 @ 07:09 PM
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Philadelphia, PA Radon Reduction Company

Inc. 5000 Pennsylvania Radon Reduction CompanyRapidly growing and providing excellent service, your local Philadelphia, PA radon reduction company has just received recognition for our fast rate of growth. Inc Magazine is the premier source of all business news. Each year, Inc. Magazine releases a list of the nation’s fastest growing companies, and for the first time in history, a radon reduction company made this list. With a rate of growth of 3,000% over the past ten years, S.W.A.T. Environmental has been able to provide the nation with the radon reduction needed for the recent advocacy and acceptance of the danger of this gas and need for radon removal.

S.W.A.T. Environmental started out with only one radon mitigation specialist, but has since grown to have over 100 employees. In 2011, we have installed more than 10,000 radon reduction systems in this year alone. While this is impressive, we deeply thank residents of the Philadelphia area for showing us such great support, and helping us advocate the truths and dangers of this horrible gas.

Why Radon Reduction is Needed in Philadelphia

Philadelphia needs radon reduction because of the major health concerns associated with this gas. 8 million households are affected nationwide, and some areas, such as Philadelphia, may be at a higher risk than other regions. We all know the tragic death of Joe Paterno, but it is a true tragedy to know that his death may have been avoided. Radon has been proven to cause lung cancer, meaning that if your Philadelphia home is one of the 8 million households affected, then you are putting yourself and your family at risk.

When you contact a radon reduction specialist, we will be able to determine the source of the radon in your Philadelphia home. Depending on the location, varying methods may be used. Often, we find the source of radon to be in the soil beneath your Philadelphia home. This gas will seep through your foundation, and into your home. Soil suction is a popular method for radon reduction, as it removes the radon from the source in the soil.

What Makes S.W.A.T. Environmental Better Than the Rest

Many other Philadlephia radon reduction companies will seek your business, but why have so many people put their trust in us? First off, we realize the importance of radon reduction. We are talking about your health, and the health of your children and loved ones. We do not take radon lightly, and understand how serious the situation is. We have all the certifications needed, and have been in the business for over two decades, essentially pioneering radon reduction. We know the proven methods to greatly reduce your radon levels, which if done properly may reduce your levels by 99%. Radon testing is the only proven way to detect if your Philadelphia home needs a radon reduction system installed. Test your Philadelphia home, and then call us toll free, for a free estimate on a mitigation system for your home.

Thursday, August 30, 2012 @ 08:08 PM
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Radon Testing for Philadelphia Residents

Radon Testing Philadelphia PennsylvaniaIf the two words “Radon Gas” do not strike fear into your heart, then you need a quick rundown on the dangers of radon gas. As many of us know of the recent tragic passing of the beloved Penn State Football coach, Joe Paterno, you may not know that his death may have been one of the 21,000 radon related deaths each year. It has been a proven fact that radon gas causes lung cancer, and kills more people each year than drunk driving, fires, and many other causes of deaths.

Naturally occurring, radon gas typically comes from the uranium in your soil, and travels through the foundation of your house, forming a toxic area that you live in. Radon testing is the first step in stopping lung cancer from radon gas. You cannot see or smell radon gas, meaning that radon testing is the only way to determine whether or not you are affected. Did you know that one in every fifteen homes in the United States has unacceptable levels of radon gas? In an area such as Philadelphia, these odds may have even further increased.

Radon Testing Process in Pennsylvania

You may have heard various things about radon testing for Philadelphia residents, but it is important to get the facts straight. It is important to test your home once every two to five years, even if your levels are below normal, as you never know when radon may seep through your foundation. Radon testing may be conducted any time of the year, but often it is recommended that radon testing is done in the fall months as your windows and doors will be closed more, providing more accurate readings.

Radon testing may take several days, or as long as three months. A long term radon test will take ninety days to complete, and is recommended for homes that have previously been tested with low levels of radon. A short term test may take between two and seven days to complete, but boasts very quick readings. If you have not had your Philadelphia home tested for radon in two years or more, it may be appropriate to have a short term test done for faster results. Once radon testing is completed, you will be able to determine if further action is required. If the levels show 4 pCi/L or greater, then an air purification system may be necessary to properly mitigate the radon in your home. If your levels are slightly below, you still may want to install a mitigation system just to be safe.

It is important to hire a specialist that has been certified and has years of experience with radon. S.W.A.T. Environmental has been specializing in radon mitigation since 1988 and is the nation’s leading radon reduction company. We always offer a free quote, so you have nothing to lose. Call a professional for radon testing in the Philadelphia area today, and start breathing easy.

Friday, July 27, 2012 @ 06:07 PM
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Radon May be in your Water in Collegeville, Pennsylvania

Radon in Water Collegeville, PARadon is one of the greatest environmental dangers that most people will ever face. In Collegville, Pennsylvania, radon has been found both in the air and in home water supplies. If you live in the Collegeville area, therefore, there is a possibility that your drinking water may be contaminated by poisonous radon in water. Many people who are worried may ask: What is radon anyways and why is it bad for me and my family?

Radon is a gas that has no odor or color. While small amounts may be found in the outdoors, serious radon contamination is found inside homes, especially when radon is found in water. Most people who have radon in their home’s water supply do not even know that it is there unless they test for it. Regardless, of course, the danger of waterborne radon is still present.

If you live in the Collegeville area, you should familiarize yourself with the potential risks if your home’s water supply is exposed to radon. Radon in water may cause relatively minor maladies like fatigue and headaches, but its greatest risk is the development of cancer. Most who get cancer from radon will get lung cancer, which can be caused by inhaling the radon that escapes from your water supply into your home’s air. Some will also develop some type of intestinal cancer due to drinking the radon-infested water, although this is less common. Of course, either complication can be deadly if the radon is not detected and removed in time.

Testing and Mitigating Radon in Water

The first way to handle the possibility of radon exposure is simply to test for it, a process that the Environmental Protection Agency recommends performing regularly. You can do this by hiring radon experts from SWAT Environmental. They specialize in detecting both waterborne and airborne radon, and in dealing with it when found. Keep in mind that not every home contains radon in its water or air. You may or may not have it in yours, no matter what the result of a radon test in a neighboring home.

If high levels of radon are found in your water after it has been tested, you will need to have SWAT Environmental’s radon abatement experts determine how the radon is getting into the water — and how to stop it. They can examine your home and your water source, especially if it is a private well, and will then install a specialized waterborne radon mitigation system to keep your home’s residents from being exposed to the gas. This will make your water source safe for use again in consumption, showering and bathing, washing clothes and so on.

You can keep yourself and your family safe by ensuring that there is no radon contamination in your home. Avoiding unnecessary risks from radon in water could protect you from major health problems down the road.

Monday, July 2, 2012 @ 05:07 PM
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PA Radon Abatement SystemsEveryone is at risk for exposure to radon, including residents of Collegeville, Pennsylvania and the surrounding regions. Radon is a natural gas that is present in soil everywhere. However, radon only becomes a health hazard if you inhale high concentrations of the gas. Radon can sometimes build to these concentrations when it rises out of the ground and becomes trapped indoors. The problem is that radon is not detectable by the human senses, which means that it requires special testing. Therefore, anyone could be exposed to radon and never know it until their health has been affected; for many people, unfortunately, that has been too late. Radon is a known carcinogen that primarily causes lung cancer when people are consistently exposed to high levels of the gas.

Testing Can Warrant Radon Abatement

The only way to find out if your family is safe from the destructive effects of radon is to have your house tested to determine the amount of radon gas it contains. If you do not feel that do-it-yourself testing kits are sufficiently accurate, you can have a professional test performed by a specialist from SWAT Environmental. If a radon abatement test — whether a professional or a personal version — determines that your Collegeville house contains higher levels of radon gas than are safe, you should have SWAT Environmental’s radon experts begin the radon abatement process immediately.

Radon Abatement is Not a Do-It-Yourself Job

Radon abatement is not a job you should attempt on your own. In light of the stakes involved, you should rely on SWAT Environmental’s highly trained specialists to complete this task. These specialists have experience and training in how to plan and install radon reduction systems that are specific to every situation and type of home. This is particularly important since there is no one radon abatement solution that will correct the radon problem in every contaminated house. Someone who is not trained in this area could actually end up increasing the levels of radon in the home instead of reducing them.

Radon Abatement Plans

Each home unique in the type of foundation on which it is built; for example, some have basements, while others do not. Some houses are half slab and half crawlspace, while some are built over a crawlspace only. These are all factors that SWAT’s radon abatement specialists must take into consideration when designing a plan to reduce the level of radon within a home. The type of home and the foundation it sits upon determine how the radon is entering the home and therefore, which method of radon abatement will work best. For example, many homes require a soil suction technique wherein the radon actually pulled from the soil beneath the house, then pumped up through a pipe that exits above the roof. That way, radon bypasses the house completely, going from the source to the outside air to be diluted. Whichever solution the SWAT specialists determine will work best in your house, the most important thing is to make sure that you and your family are no longer exposed the hazards of radon gas.