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Wednesday, April 17, 2013 @ 04:04 PM
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Kalamazoo Radon Mitigation Concerns

HUD Kalamazoo Radon MitigationThe current regulations in place for Kalamazoo, MI set aside by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development are about to make it a little tougher for you to keep your multi-family home financed through HUD. While the new regulations may sound a little difficult, you can be assured that with S.W.A.T. Environmental, it may be easier than you think.

In case you did not read our most recent article, HUD has made it a new requirement that all multi-family homes must have a radon test. This new requirement is that all units in the multi-family home are tested. This is important as one unit may have high levels of radon gas, while other units may have lower levels of radon gas. If a unit returns high levels of radon gas, they will now be required to have a Kalamazoo radon mitigation system installed.

The Importance of Kalamazoo Radon Mitigation

This radon gas is known to kill 20,000 people or more each year. In other words, more people die from this gas than drunk driving, or many other causes of death. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer, and is now responsible for approximately one out of seven of all lung cancer cases. Radon is known as the silent killer of Kalamazoo, as like many lung ailments, the effects occur over time to cause serious health risks and concerns.

The first step to the Kalamazoo radon mitigation process is having your home tested. Testing is important as this gas cannot be seen or smelled. Without a proper test, you will not be able to determine whether or not your home is infested with radon gas. There is a short term and a long term test. While the long term test boasts slightly more accurate results, the short term test may provide results within only a few days. Be sure to keep your doors closed as much as possible while having the test conducted in order to have the most accurate results.

The Kalamazoo radon mitigation system that you need in order to get rid of the radon gas that is in your home is easier to obtain than you may think. S.W.A.T. Environmental has decades of experience in Kalamazoo radon mitigation meaning that you know you are in good hands. We have all of the necessary certifications for the proper installation. We specialize in low visibility systems, meaning that you will hardly know that your system is even there. We pinpoint the location of the radon, and with the location specified, we are able to target and remove up to 99% of your radon gas in your Kalamazoo home. Make for certain that your Kalamazoo home is up to the most recent regulations, and that your multi-family home is safe for all tenants who may occupy the home throughout the course of its existence.

Thursday, March 7, 2013 @ 07:03 PM
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HUD is Regulating Radon Lung Cancer, One Home at a Time

Radon Lung CancerThe U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has taken a giant step forward in the health care of those renting part of a multi-family home in the Kalamazoo, MI area. The Kalamazoo, MI area is known to have sections of high levels of radon gas, and without a proper mitigation system installed, the side effects are deadly. Every year 21,000 people die from radon gas in the form of radon lung cancer. It is a true tragedy as a properly installed mitigation system can help remove the gas, and make your Kalamazoo home a safe environment.

Radon gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer, and is responsible for roughly 15% of all lung cancer cases. This means that there is a serious threat to you and your family without a properly installed mitigation system. Because this gas is odorless, and colorless, there is no way that you will be able to know whether or not your Kalamazoo home is in need of mitigation without a test.

Renting a multi-family home in Kalamazoo means that you are subject to the safety that the landlord deems is adequate. This means that you will not always be able to have a mitigation system installed unless you want to fork out the money on a home that you are renting. Luckily the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD, is taking the precautions for many renting homes.

HUD Regulation for Radon Lung Cancer

HUD has started to regulate radon gas by forcing every multi-family home that is financed through HUD to have a radon test. Any of these homes that return a high level of gas on their test will be forced to have a mitigation system installed to reduce their levels of gas. With this regulation in place, the safety of many will be ensured as radon mitigation systems are installed on Kalamazoo homes that need it.

HUD is part of a much greater movement that is working to improve the safety of homes throughout the United States. The group is referred to as Federal Healthy Homes Work Group, and is made up of the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and of course HUD. These organizations combine together to create strong initiatives for improvement in home safety.

The American Lung Association is extremely excited of this news as this will truly benefit many residents in Kalamazoo and across the nation. In addition to the benefited health from a mitigation system in regard to removing radon, the American Lung Association also points out that these air purification systems further improve lung health,in addition to reducing radon lung cancer by removing moisture and providing increased ventilation in the home. S.W.A.T. Environmental is proud of the efforts and accomplishments of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and looks forward to helping many tenants breathe clean air.

Thursday, February 7, 2013 @ 04:02 PM
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A Bill for Radon Mitigation in Schools in Kalamazoo

Radon Mitigation in Schools in KalamazooA bill has recently been proposed by a congress member from Iowa which would provide grant funding for radon mitigation in schools. Kalamazoo residents should be excited by the increased safety and health this would bring to all teachers, students, and faculty alike. The bill would provide funding for all schools to have radon testing done. Schools which return high levels of radon gas would then receive additional grant funding for radon mitigation in schools. This ensures that we are not cutting any of the education budget, and are providing an adequate level of safety in our Kalamazoo schools. You can show your support for this bill by speaking with your school board superintendent, contacting a local politician, or even writing a letter to members of congress.

Radon gas is responsible for one out of seven cases of lung cancer. Radon is a cancer causing gas which occurs naturally in the soil beneath schools, buildings, and homes in Kalamazoo, MI. Radon kills 20,000 people each and every year, making it one of the most deadly gases, and an extremely dangerous cancer. While we often focus on radon mitigation for our Kalamazoo, MI homes, we should be focusing on radon mitigation in schools as well.

Radon forms in the soil beneath schools in the natural process of uranium breaking down As uranium breaks down, radon gas forms and may seep into the foundation of school buildings, or any other building. As the gas continues to enter a Kalamazoo school, concentration only builds higher and higher, making it even more dangerous for students, teachers, and faculty.

Benefits of Radon Mitigation in Schools in Kalamazoo

Radon mitigation in schools can help us prevent many deaths. Kalamazoo students, teachers, and faculty members need to have adequate radon mitigation in order to reduce the radon levels to an acceptable level. If an air purification system is properly installed, gas levels may drop by as much as 99%. This means that our Kalamazoo schools may go from being a cancer causing hot bed to a safe haven.

Radon mitigation in schools is the first step we need to take in preventing this dangerous gas from reaching extraordinary levels, and taking the lives of all of those involved in education. As mentioned, if this bill passes, no funding will have to come out of the education budget, and it will all be sourced from grant funding. Many Kalamazoo residents have already taken the effort to reduce the levels of radon gas in their homes through having a mitigation system installed, but now is the time that we take action for our schools. Write as many congress members as possible, and explain in detail why radon mitigation in schools is so important for our students, teachers, faculty members, and our future. Do not let this bill be shot down, take action for radon mitigation in schools today.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013 @ 08:01 PM
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Radon Action Month in Kalamazoo, MI

Radon Awareness Month Kalamazoo MichiganResidents of Kalamazoo are preparing for radon action month which is fast approaching. Every January, Kalamazoo celebrates radon action month by doing something to help with the prevention of deaths caused by radon gas. Many families installed mitigation systems last year to their Kalamazoo homes. Killing roughly 20,000 people each year in the United States, there is still much work that has to be done in Kalamazoo, and nationwide, for the prevention of deaths from radon gas.

There are many things you may do during radon action month to help prevent deaths from radon, but before you take any action you should get a basic understanding of radon gas. Radon forms naturally in your soil from broken down uranium. In a gas form, it may enter your Kalamazoo home through the foundation, or a number of other places. Regardless of how it enters, it is extremely important that a mitigation system is installed to reduce your levels. Kalamazoo residents may be at a higher risk than other regions due to higher concentrations of radon gas in specific areas.

Action Methods for Radon Action Month in Kalamazoo

There are many ways that you may take action to protect your family during radon action month. The first, and possibly most important way is to have a professional test your Kalamazoo home to diagnose whether or not your home has unsafe levels of radon gas. Once your home has been diagnosed, you will have a better understanding of whether or not a mitigation system is needed. If your levels are high, call a professional as soon as possible for a mitigation system. If your levels are low you will not have to take any action, and only retest several years later.

If you have high levels of radon gas in your Kalamazoo home, then a mitigation system is necessary. S.W.A.T. Environmental has the years of experience to properly install a mitigation system. If installed correctly, a mitigation system may reduce your gas levels by as much as 99%. Make sure that you are contacting a company that is certified, trusted, and has the years of experience. We are the nation’s most trusted mitigation company, and are located right here locally in Kalamazoo, MI to best serve you this radon action month.

The last thing you may do is advocate to your neighbors, friends, and family about the dangers of radon gas in your area of Kalamazoo. If you have already had to install a mitigation system on your Kalamazoo home, chances are your neighbor’s home may have high levels of gas as well. It is important to ensure that your neighbor is informed so that they may make an educated decision on their health. Stop talking about it, and start planning to take action next month for radon action month in Kalamazoo. Remember, we always offer a free quote, and will be glad to answer any questions you have about radon, or a new mitigation system for your Kalamazoo home.

Monday, December 3, 2012 @ 07:12 PM
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Kalamazoo, MI Concerns of Lung Cancer

Radon Gas Mitigation in Kalamazoo, MIAs a resident of Kalamazoo, you probably are not aware of the possible increased risk of lung cancer you face. As history has shown us, we often have assumed that lung cancer is only something that smokers should be concerned with. Ne research has proven that 16% of all lung cancer cases are actually not related to tobacco at all. These 16% of lung cancer cases are actually all contributed to radon gas.

Radon gas is proving to be one of the top ten concerns for medical doctors as far as cancer goes. While many chemicals, foods, and other products have a debatable link to cancer, radon gas have studies which have shown their link to lung cancer. Killing 20,000 every single year, Kalamazoo residents are quickly realizing the dangers of radon gas, and properly taking preventative measures to reduce their risk and exposure to the harmful gas.

Radon Gas Mitigation in Kalamazoo

In order to understand how to rid your home of radon gas, you must first understand how it enters your Kalamazoo home. Radon gas forms through the breaking down of Uranium in the soil near your Kalamazoo home. As the Uranium breaks down, radon gas forms and can seep into your foundation or water supply. In several occurrences, radon gas has been found in the building materials of homes. As radon seeps into your foundation, it may be vacuum sucked into your home through the natural pressure of your home. As it enters the water supply, it may also enter your home. It is important to have a professional who can pinpoint the entry way to provide the proper radon gas mitigation for your home.

Radon gas mitigation in Kalamazoo may dramatically reduce the levels of radon gas, and therefore dramatically reduce your risk of cancer. Studies have shown that a properly installed radon gas mitigation system may reduce levels by as much as 99%. S.W.A.T. Environmental is your local go-to company with the knowledge and experience to properly reduce the levels in your Kalamazoo home.

Testing and Radon Gas Mitigation in Kalamazoo

Before you call S.W.A.T. Environmental, it is important to know your levels of radon gas. As you have your home tested, you will be able to get a better idea of your threat level. Even homes with low levels of radon often choose radon gas mitigation as you can never be certain as to when a pocket of uranium may break down and turn your home into a cancer causing machine.

When selecting a radon gas mitigation company, make sure you choose a company that has the experience and certifications necessary to treat your home. Located locally right here in Kalamazoo, S.W.A.T. Environmental is the nation’s largest radon mitigation company, and has the brand name the country has come to know and love. Protect your family today, and call us for a free quote on radon gas mitigation.

Friday, October 26, 2012 @ 04:10 PM
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Air Quality for Kalamazoo Citizens

Kalamazoo Indoor Air QualityWe all know about poor air quality, but do you know about all of the common health risks, and possibility of death associated with it? Every single year, approximately 2 million people die from poor indoor air quality. Over one million additionally perish because of bad outdoor air quality. With modern technology, and the help of S.W.A.T. Environmental, many of these deaths can be avoided, but it is important to contact us to get the ball rolling.

Air quality can be rated on a scale of 0 to 500 created by the EPA. This air quality scale is referred to as the air quality index or AQI. This scale allows us to instantaneously view the air quality of Kalamazoo, MI. Any rating between 0-50 is known to be a safe level. 50-100 indicates that some people may experience health risks. 100-150 indicates that a larger group of individuals will experience health risks. 150-200 is deemed as unhealthy, and 200-300 is deemed as very unhealthy. Anything above 300 is considered hazardous, and indicates everyone will experience health risks.

Analyzing the Air Quality Scale

Know that you know how to read the AQI, or air quality index, it is important to know what it consists of. Carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, ground level ozone, and particle pollution are the four factors which create this scale. Nitrogen dioxide has not been included on this scale, but it may be in the near future. Radon gas is not included either, as radon gas can vary in each Kalamazoo home.

The majority of these pollutants come from a combination of forest fires, vehicle pollution, residential burning, the burning of oil or coal, power plants, and several other methods. Shockingly enough, several times a year the AQI indicates levels in excess of 200. Without proper precaution, this means that Kalamazoo residents could be experience great health risks.

On top of the worries of the AQI, do not forget about radon gas. Radon forms from the break down Uranium in your soil. As uranium breaks down, it forms radon gas which can seep into your home through your foundation. It is important to point out that radon gas, and most of the pollutants we are talking about, are odorless, colorless, and essentially undetectable without proper equipment. This means you may not be aware of the serious health risks at hand. Radon gas has been proven to cause lung cancer, just adding to the potential health risks.

When you contact a professional at S.W.A.T. Environmental, we gladly provide you with any information you need. We are experts at installing air purification systems, meaning that we can reduce the levels of toxic gas and chemicals in your home. We have proven to show reduction of radon levels up to 99%. We always offer a free quote so you have nothing to lose. Give us a call today, and put Kalamazoo air quality problems to the side.

Thursday, September 20, 2012 @ 04:09 PM
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S.W.A.T. Environmental in Kalamazoo Recognized

Inc. 5000 Michigan Radon Mitigation CompanyThe nation’s largest and fastest growing radon mitigation company, S.W.A.T. Environmental, just received placement on Inc.com’s list of the nation’s fastest growing companies. With nearly 7.8 million homes effected by radon across the U.S., radon mitigation is a growing need for citizens of Kalamazoo and other areas.

Increasing by 155% and adding 65 employees, S.W.A.T. Environmental has seen great success over the past three years. We would not be where we are today if it was not for the great customers that help fuel this company. For that, we would like to give a warm thank you for the residents of Kalamazoo. It is our mission to spread the dangers of radon and need for radon mitigation, and it has been an honor to be trusted with the duty of removing radon from your homes.

Kalamazoo Radon Mitigation Company Comparison

With projected revenue of $12 million for 2012, it is easy to see that S.W.A.T. Environmental is the nation’s favorite brand. Kalamazoo residents do not have to make much of a decision when choosing a radon mitigation company. We have essentially pioneered the radon mitigation business since 1988. As the EPA has linked radon gas to lung cancer, and the death of 21,000 people per year, we strive and have met the nation’s demand for a quality radon mitigation company. When you choose S.W.A.T. Environmental, you know that one of the most experienced and trusted companies has you covered.

With proven methods that have been refined, and certifications to stay up to date with the necessary knowledge of radon, we are the go to company for Kalamazoo, MI residents. While you may consider leaving your safety up to the hands of an non-certified, amateur, I would highly suggest otherwise. It is extremely important that you attack radon gas at its source. With years in the business, we have become experts and locating and removing the radon gas through various techniques. Depending on your Kalamazoo home, radon gas may be in your foundation, the materials used to construct your home, or even in your water supply. Depending on the location, we will come up with a custom solution to remove the radon properly.

Radon Mitigation Process in Kalamazoo

Now that you know the dangers, it is important to know how this whole process works. Before anything can be done on your Kalamazoo home, you will need a radon test to be completed by a professional. Ranging from a few days, to three months, a radon test will provide you with accurate levels of radon gas within your Kalamazoo home. Typically a longer term test will give you a better idea of your levels. Once you receive your radon levels, you will be able to make a decision on whether or not further action is required. Anything above 4 pCi/L is considered dangerous. If you test your home, and have high results, give us a call and we will provide you with extensive information on radon gas, your options and a free quote for your Kalamazoo home.

Thursday, August 30, 2012 @ 08:08 PM
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Kalamazoo Michigan Radon Testing

Radon Testing Kalamazoo MichiganYou may have heard of radon gas, but did you know that it kills over 20,000 people every year in the form of lung cancer? Did you also know that it is necessary to test your Kalamazoo home every two to five years for vapor intrusion? As a resident of Kalamazoo, MI, you are probably like many Americans and are unaware of the dangers and precautions necessary for radon gas. Radon testing can provide the certainty and peace of mind knowing whether or not your home is infected.

Radon testing should be done every two to five years. While a short test may only take a few days, we highly recommend a long term test which may take up to three months. You may test your home at any point of the year, but the fall is highly recommended as your doors and windows will not be open as much, providing more accurate test results.

Benefits of Radon Testing

If the possibility of breathing in a gas that causes lung cancer is not enough to make you test your Kalamazoo home, there are many other benefits of radon testing. Radon testing may help you sell your home faster if it is currently for sale in the Kalamazoo area. S.W.A.T. Environmental prides itself on providing trusted work to aide realtors in the sale of many homes. As a homebuyer, you also should ensure that the seller will provide radon testing on the purchase agreement. Similar to mold, the health risks associated with radon gas can be deadly or catastrophic. You may think that you would be able to see or smell if your home was infected with radon gas, but this is not the case. Radon is colorless and odorless meaning you could be inhaling this dangerous vapor right now without even knowing it.

Handling Radon Testing Results

Did you know that as a resident of Kalamazoo, MI that you may be at a higher risk of having high radon levels? Radon testing your Kalamazoo home is the only way to be certain if a radon mitigation system is necessary or not. If your test results show that your home contains a high level of radon, there is no need to panic. Simply pick up the phone and call 1-800-NO-RADON. S.W.A.T. Environmental is the nation’s largest radon mitigation company, and will be able to install a air purification system to rid your home of this killer gas. Radon testing is the only way to determine if an air purification system is necessary for your Kalamazoo home, so be sure to test.

With a mitigation system installed in your Kalamazoo home, there is no need to worry or panic. You can begin breathing easy and know that you have just greatly reduced your family’s risk of lung cancer. Remember, that even if you do not have high levels of radon, it is recommended that you test every two to five years to ensure radon has not entered your home. Call S.W.A.T. Environmental for radon testing today.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012 @ 04:07 PM
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Dangers of Radon in Water for Kalamazoo, Michigan Residents

Radon in Water Kalamazoo, MichiganRadon is a naturally occurring gas that can be created in the soil virtually anywhere. Extended exposure to high levels of radon has been linked to cancer. The most common form of radon exposure is inhaling it from the air; however, it can also mix with a home’s water supply, causing exposure every time you drink, cook with or otherwise use the water. Waterborne radon may cause stomach cancer in some cases when it is swallowed, and it can also release radon into the home’s air, causing further health problems.

Sources of Radon in Water

Virtually every part of the United States has radon present in its soil to some degree; however, the problem is particularly prevalent in Kalamazoo, Michigan. This does not necessarily mean, though, that your home’s water is certain to be contaminated if you live in this area. If your drinking water comes from a surface water source, such as a lake, reservoir or river, most of the radon will be released into the open air before it reaches your faucet. People who get their water from an underground well, however, are at much higher risk of being exposed to waterborne radon.

The water from many wells contains radon, especially bedrock wells. Dug and point wells typically contain lower concentrations of radon than bedrock wells. Radon from groundwater is the second largest contributor to radon in the home, the first being gradual introduction of radon from the soil into the house’s lowest level.

The biggest risk from radon in water is that the water will gradually release the radon it contains into your house’s air as you use it. Inhaling radon in the air poses a much larger health risk than swallowing it in the water. Anytime water containing radon is exposed to air, the radon is released; indoors, this contributes to its accumulation.

Testing and Eliminating Radon in Water

Radon has no odor, color or taste, so it is completely undetectable without specialized testing. If you live in the Kalamazoo area, especially if you get your water from an underground well, you should have both your water and your home as a whole tested for high radon levels. You can have a professional from SWAT Environmental perform these tests for you, or you can purchase and use a consumer version of them yourself. Either way, it is better to test regularly to ensure that you are not exposed to the long-term effects of radon contamination. The longer you are exposed to high radon levels, the more your chances for developing serious health issues increase.

If testing does detect radon in your water supply, you will need to have a specialist from SWAT Environmental install equipment to eliminate the problem. There are two methods for accomplishing this. Point-of-entry treatment, the first option, is generally more effective because it eliminates radon from water before it ever enters the home. Point-of-use treatment, the second option, removes the radon at the tap. Both options may be necessary in some situations to ensure that your radon problem is completely eradicated.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012 @ 03:06 PM
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Radon Abatement Kalamazoo MichiganRadon abatement is sometimes known as radon mitigation; its goal is simply to protect a home’s residents from the harmful effects of radon gas. Radon is hazardous due to its radioactivity. It is created from both natural and industrial sources, and its levels must be carefully monitored to ensure the continued good health of a home’s inhabitants. It can enter a house through groundwater contamination, as well as from the soil that surrounds a basement or foundation.

The Definition of Radon Abatement

Radon abatement is simply a general term for the process of removing radon gas from a house. Radon is in fact the most significant source of radiation that most people will ever be exposed to in their lives. It the leading cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers and inevitably contributes to the overall incidence of cancer, especially lung cancer. Since contamination could happen anywhere in the country, you should have your house’s radon levels tested at least annually.

Radon gas forms as a side effect of the breakdown of natural uranium and thorium deposits. These elements, which can be found anywhere in trace quantities in the soil, slowly decay, creating radon as a byproduct. It is for this reason that any basement has some risk of accumulating radon. The Kalamazoo area, unfortunately, has been found to be particularly vulnerable to this problem.

The Necessity of Radon Abatement

Detecting and then purging radon is one way to reduce the likelihood of cancer in a household. Most people do not like the idea of the expense of having their property examined unless they know there is a danger. Unfortunately, since radon cannot be seen or smelled, without testing you would never know whether you actually were in danger.

Radon is everywhere in tiny quantities, but it becomes dangerous when it concentrates indoors. There are plenty of carcinogens in a typical home, but radon is especially dangerous because it tends to cling to dust particles; it is a heavy and sticky atom. If radon-laced dust is inhaled into the lungs, the particle will remain in place and deliver a steady stream of radiation, potentially leading to eventual lung cancer.

The Process of Radon Abatement

The good news is that dealing with high radon levels need not be terribly difficult. You simply need to contact professionals in radon abatement from SWAT Environmental. Having them install a radon abatement system will go a long way toward maintaining your peace of mind about your family’s health.

A permanent system will need to be installed if radon gas is seeping gradually out of the ground, as is the case with most radon-contaminated houses. A radon abatement system employs a series of pipes and fans that suck the contaminated air out of the ground level of the basement, or even out from beneath the foundation, and then release it harmlessly into the wind above the house. With this type of system in place, you will have one less thing to worry about.