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Thursday, April 18, 2013 @ 04:04 PM
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Greenville Radon Mitigation Concerns

HUD Greenville Radon MitigationIf you read the article posted by S.W.A.T. Environmental last month, then you probably know about the new HUD requirements that are affecting many of us. Across the nation, homeowners are taking action against radon in their home for the sake of their safety, and to maintain in regulation with HUD. The new guidelines set in place by HUD require that every unit in multi-family homes to be tested for radon gas. Any unit that shows high levels of radon gas must have a Greenville radon mitigation system installed.

While it may sound like a complicated process, it does not have to be. A radon mitigation expert should be able to properly lower your levels without much effort. The first action you need to take before you will know of whether or not any action is required is to have a test conducted on your Greenville, SC home. Tests are important as this gas is both odorless and colorless. This means that there is no other true way to determine whether or not you are being affected by this gas.

The two types of tests you should be aware of are a long term test and a short term test. A short term test may take as short as a week to provide accurate results. A long term test may take a month or more, but it does however have a little more accurate results. Regardless of which test you choose for your Greenville, SC home, you will have a better idea of whether or not Greenville radon mitigation is needed. Make sure to keep your doors and windows closed through as much of this process as possible to provide the most accurate results.

The Greenville Radon Mitigation Process

If your home has high levels of radon gas, you will need to contact a professional who has the years of experience and knowledge to properly handle your Greenville radon mitigation. S.W.A.T. Environmental is the nation’s leading radon mitigation company, and we will be able to reduce your gas levels by as much as 99%. We can pinpoint the source of the radon gas, and install a low visibility system that will help remove the radon from your home. We have the years of experience, and all of the needed certifications to properly handle the job. We provide a free quote, so you have nothing to lose, and only your health to gain.

With more than 20,000 people dying each year because of this horrible gas, it makes sense why radon gas is such a threat to so many. Heed the warnings from HUD, and keep your multi-family home in regulation through the help of S.W.A.T. Environmental. Let us handle your Greenville radon mitigation needs with a new system. Reduce the radon gas from your Greenville home, and stay in regulation with all of the new guidelines today.

Friday, March 8, 2013 @ 03:03 PM
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Radon Lung Cancer’s Effects on Greenville, SC

Radon Lung CancerRecent adjustments to policies by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will make homes in Greenville, SC a lot safer for many. These new changes taking place will safeguard homes from radon lung cancer. If you have ever heard of radon gas before, then you may be aware of the extensive damage it causes to the lives of so many. Over 20,000 people perish each year because of radon gas, making it one of the most serious concerns for our nation in regard to home safety.

Radon lung cancer affects many of us. One out of fifteen homes have high levels of radon gas, meaning that there is a good chance that your home may be affected. Before you can take control of your home, you will need to test your home. Radon is both odorless, and colorless, which means that you cannot determine if you are in need of mitigation or not without a test. Avoid radon lung cancer, and make sure that your home is tested and mitigated accordingly.

If you are renting a home, we know that you may not always be able to afford the necessary safety installments needed. It does not make sense to invest in a property you are renting, and will not own at the end of the year. Fortunately, there has been action taken by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development that will make it much safer for anyone renting a home.

Action against Radon Lung Cancer in the Greenville, SC Area

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD, has changed its policy to improve the health of its homes. Any multi-family home that is financed through HUD must have a radon test. If the radon indicates dangerous levels, and possible radon lung cancer, a mitigation system must be installed. This regulation will greatly improve the health of many in Greenville, SC, and across the nation.

This effort from HUD comes from a movement that it is involved in much greater than itself. HUD is a member of the Federal Healthy Homes Work Group which is comprised of other organizations such as the U.S. Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Together, these organizations are able to combine their skill sets to making homes safer throughout the nation.

It is important to point out how delighted the American Lung Association is about the recent steps taken by HUD. The American Lung Association points out that not only will there be a reduction in radon lung cancer, but an overall improvement in lung health. Air purification systems are able to increase the ventilation of the Greenville, SC home, and reduce the excess moisture. S.W.A.T. Environmental is very pleased with the actions taken, and looks forward to removing radon gas from many homes in Greenville, SC.

Thursday, February 7, 2013 @ 06:02 PM
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Radon Mitigation in Schools for Greenville

Radon Mitigation in Schools in GreenvilleIf you have stayed in connection with the news lately, you have probably heard of the focus on school safety that many news stations are covering. In order to properly improve the safety and health of our children in Greenville, SC schools, we need to take immediate action. Radon mitigation in schools is not a popular topic, but it is a topic we must discuss if we want to lower the levels of radon gas in all schools across the nation.

Greenville, SC schools need to know that radon is a dangerous substance that claims the lives of 20,000 people each year in the form of lung cancer. To get a better perspective of it, radon gas forms in the ground beneath our Greenville, SC schools. As uranium in the ground breaks down, it forms radon gas. This gas is radioactive, invisible, and odorless, meaning that it can enter nearly any space without anyone knowing. As it pours into our schools and homes, it only increases the danger.

The Need for Radon Mitigation in Schools in Greenville

Radon mitigation in schools is the only way we can for certain reduce these levels and improve our schools in Greenville. Radon mitigation in schools can lower the levels up to 99%, meaning that our children, teachers, and faculty members can all breathe clean and fresh air without having to worry about cancer. If we want to take a serious hold of the health of all of those involved in the education system in Greenville, SC, then it is obvious that we will need radon mitigation in schools.

Even if you have heard of radon gas, many are not aware of the extent of damage it is causing to those of us in Greenville, SC, and those directly affected in our school system. Radon gas kills 20,000 each and every year which is more than drunk driving. Additionally, new statistics have shown that one out of every seven cases of lung cancer are caused by radon gas. This means that even if you do not smoke cigarettes, you still have about a 15% chance of being diagnosed with lung cancer simply because of this gas. One out of fifteen homes are estimated to have high levels, which is a lower but danger proportion compared to the one out of five schools estimated to have high levels. This equates to 70,000 schools nationwide in need of mitigation.

The only thing we can do to protect our Greenville, SC teachers, faculty, and students is by supporting a recent bill being proposed to congress. If this bill passes, we will have grant funding for testing of all schools for radon gas. If a school in Greenville or anywhere has high levels, they will receive additional grant funding for radon mitigation in schools. Show your support for this bill, and help us make Greenville schools a safer place for all.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013 @ 08:01 PM
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Radon Action Month in Greenville, SC

Radon Action Month GreenvilleRadon action month is going to be this January in Greenville, SC, but are you prepared to take the necessary action in reducing the radon in your home? S.W.A.T. Environmental wants to prepare you to take the necessary action to reduce the radon levels in your home. Radon gas kills tens of thousands of people each and every year in the United States, causing more deaths than drunk driving. Don’t become another statistic, or let your friends and family become one either. Take action during radon action month.

Radon action month is the perfect time to have your home tested, learn more about radon gas, or have a mitigation system installed if needed. Radon action month is the perfect time to reduce your levels. Radon testing is the only way to be certain of the danger of gas levels in your home. Educating yourself will provide you with a better understanding of our mitigation process, and why radon is a threat to so many Greenville homes. Reducing your levels with a new mitigation system is the smart choice to improve your health by dramatically reducing your risk of lung cancer.

Radon Action Month takes Action in Greenville

This radon action month is a time in which you need to know the levels of radon in your Greenville, SC home. Do not let the uncertainty go on any longer. Contacting a professional to test your home will allow you to have the knowledge of your threat level in as little as two days. With your test results in hand, you will be able to know if further action is needed, or if you need to contact S.W.A.T. Environmental to reduce your levels with a mitigation system.

Educating yourself this radon action month is important in understanding the dangers of radon gas. Radon gas is dangerous because it is radioactive. New studies have proven that greater than one out of every seven cases of lung cancer are caused by radon gas. Radon gas forms naturally in your soil. Uranium breaks down forming radon, which can enter your ground water, or seep into your Greenville home in the small spaces in your foundation. As the gas enters your home, the pressure of your Greenville home locks it in, creating a vacuum effect of this deadly gas.

If your Greenville, SC home has high levels of radon gas, then you need to contact S.W.A.T. Environmental as soon as possible to speak with a professional who will be able to create a custom mitigation plan for you and your family. A mitigation system will reduce your levels of radon gas, and more importantly protect your health this radon action month. Do not be caught sleeping on the couch not taking action. Protect the lives of your family this radon action month, and contact the nation’s largest and most trusted radon mitigation company S.W.A.T. Environmental.

Monday, December 3, 2012 @ 09:12 PM
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Lung Cancer in Greenville, SC

Radon Gas Mitigation Greenville, SCAs the doctor meets you in his office, he stutters to tell you the bad news. This is a very serious issue with little time left on your life. You are being diagnosed with lung cancer. Lung cancer. The two words are uttered to you, and you can only feel dismay and confusion. Confusion rooting from the simple fact that you have never even touched a cigarette, rendering the question of how could this even be possible?

You quickly wonder the possibilities through your head, and realize that this could have only come from one thing. Radon gas. With your answer at hand your focus turns to preventing future lung cancer cases with those in your immediate family.

While this may sound like a terrible story, it is a story that over 20,000 Americans live through each year. Lung cancer from radon gas is the cause of death for 20,000 people in America each year, causing it to be one of the deadliest things in America. Doctors have quickly realized that radon gas is one of the most dangerous, and most cancer causing items in America by itself. Roughly 16% of all lung cancer cases are due to radon gas, meaning there is a serious risk, and strong correlation with radon and lung cancer.

Radon Gas Mitigation in Greenville

As a resident of Greenville, SC, you probably assume that radon is something that only northerners have to worry about. Affecting one out of every fifteen homes across America, this could not be further from the truth. Radon can happen nearly anywhere, and depending on the region there may be higher concentrations.

Radon forms from uranium breaking down in the soil near your home. This process is natural, and so there is simply nothing you can do to prevent it. Once the radon gas forms, it may enter your Greenville, SC home through the basement, or foundation. As a gas, radon may enter the smallest of spaces. Radon is both odorless and colorless, so the only way to detect it is through testing.

Once your Greenville, SC home has been tested, radon gas mitigation may be needed. Radon gas mitigation can provide the mitigation you need to reduce your levels back to normal, and allow you to breathe much easier. Radon gas mitigation may reduce levels by as much as 99%.

When you contact S.W.A.T. Environmental, you are speaking to a trained professional that knows a lot about the gas, and what can be done to reduce your levels. With decades of experience in the industry, we have become the nation’s largest, and most trusted brand for radon gas mitigation. We work with you to create a custom solution for your home, and specialize in methods that make your radon gas mitigation system as least visible as possible. With a new radon gas mitigation system, your Greenville home will be protected.

Friday, October 26, 2012 @ 08:10 PM
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Greenville Air Quality Under Attack

Greenville Indoor Air QualityGreenville residents may have already heard about the dangers of poor air quality in South Carolina, but the facts may still run chills down your spine. Two million people die every year because of poor indoor air quality, and an additional million others perish from poor outdoor air quality. Often we assume that bustling cities are the only places that have to worry about air pollution, but with gases such as radon, and other people’s impacts affecting our own environment, this is not the case.

Greenville residents luckily have the resource of the EPA to help provide air quality ratings through the EPA’s air quality index, or AQI for short. The air quality index summarizes the air quality of Greenville into one number from zero to five hundred. Zero to fifty indicates a safe zone, but all other levels may have adverse health risks. Did you know that in the United States, we witness levels in excess of two hundred, or even three hundred, which is a level deemed hazardous in which nearly everyone will experience some type of health risk associated with poor air quality?

Radon Gas and Air Quality in Greenville

Not only is the pollution rated by the EPA’s air quality index a headache to worry about, but radon gas is another serious threat that cannot go ignored. Radon gas is a naturally occurring gas that enters your Greenville home through a variety of ways. It can essentially attack any home in Greenville, or the United States without warning. This gas is invisible, and you cannot smell it, meaning that the only way to know whether or not your Greenville home is affected is through radon testing.

So what do all of these statistics mean? First off, radon gas does not discriminate against whom it decides to attack, so everyone is potentially at risk. Secondly, you may be at a higher risk for health risks from poor air quality if your lungs are still developing, you spend a lot of time outdoors, or you have a preexisting lung condition such as asthma. Whether or not you fall into one of these categories, I am almost sure that a loved one probably does. Taking action for them is the right thing to do.

The solution to all of these complicated air pollution problems is to improve the air quality with an air purification system from S.W.A.T. Environmental. We have decades of experience, and have all the necessary certifications to properly treat your home. We are used to complicated scenarios and points of entry for radon gas, meaning that no matter how big of a radon problem you have, we have a custom solution for you. Our proven methods have reduced radon gas levels by as much as 99%, meaning your Greenville home can be safe from poor air quality. Take action, and give us a call for a free quote today.

Thursday, September 20, 2012 @ 08:09 PM
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Greenville Residents Understand Need for Radon Reduction

Inc. 5000 SWAT Environmental Radon Reduction Greenville, SCRadon reduction is the process of removing harmful radon gas from your Greenville home. While many are new to being informed about the dangers of radon gas, it is evident that many Greenville, SC residents are now informed. I am saying this because Inc Magazine, a major source for all business related news, has just ranked local Greenville, SC radon reduction company as one of the fastest growing companies in the nation.

This was the first time that a radon reduction company has ever made Inc Magazines prestigious list of fastest growing companies. Over the past ten years, S.W.A.T. Environmental has seen 3,000% growth. What started out with only one radon specialist has now grown to a vast company with over one hundred employees. Even though S.W.A.T. Environmental has seen a tremendous amount of growth, we still stay true to our word and are passionate about providing quality work to all Greenville residents.

Currently, S.W.A.T. Environmental is on pace to have revenues of $12 million in 2012. During the year of 2011, S.W.A.T. Environmental installed over 10,000 radon reduction systems throughout the United States. We have rapidly spread to over twenty six states, with over forty locations and continue to expand. No matter how much we expand, we will continue to serve the Greenville area with the same quality that has become expected from us.

Why Choose S.W.A.T. Environmental for Radon Reduction in Greenville, SC

When you contact a representative from S.W.A.T. Environmental, you will know right away that you are not dealing with an everyday company. We know that it is important that you understand our procedures and the dangers of radon gas, before you commit to a radon reduction system. Radon gas claims over 20,000 lives each year, and it is estimated that nearly 8 million homes are affected by this gas with above acceptable levels of radon gas.

Before you have a professional install a radon reduction system, you must test your home to see if your Greenville home is even at risk. While some homes may not have any risk, others Greenville homes may have way above acceptable levels of radon gas, and need a radon reduction system installed right away. Depending on the source of the gas, a different method may be used for each home to not only stop radon from entering your Greenville home, but also eliminating any harmful gases that are present.

When a S.W.A.T. Environmental radon mitigation specialists comes to your home, you can rest assured the job will be done correctly. Do not leave the possibility of lung cancer lingering because of a batched job a contractor said he could correctly. Go straight to the source, and reduce your costs, and improve the quality with a specialist from S.W.A.T. Environmental. A system that is installed correctly may reduce your levels by up to 99%. So stop worrying if your home is infested with radon, and call a professional today.

Friday, August 31, 2012 @ 01:08 PM
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Greenville, SC and Radon Testing

Radon Testing Greenville South CarolinaRadon testing may be foreign words to many southerners, but it should become a household phrase. Radon gas has been shown to kill over 20,000 people every year in the form of lung cancer. Many may assume that radon only affects northern states, or homes with basements, but this could not be further from the truth. Regions of South Carolina have shown high levels of vapor intrusion. As an odorless and colorless gas, the only way to determine if your home has been effected is through radon testing.

Radon testing is the modern day version of a canary in a coal mine. Unfortunately with the long term effects of this dangerous gas, the sooner you have a professional conduct radon testing, the better. Long term radon testing is the preferred method taking around ninety days to complete with the most accurate results given. For more immediate results, short term radon testing can be provided and only take a few days to complete.

Benefits of Radon Testing

As you may already know, the Greenville economy has been struggling to say the least. Homebuyers are few and far between, and have their pick at homes. Needless to say, if two homes are equal, except one has radon testing results with a safe level reporting on the results, we all know which home is going to be sold first. As a homebuyer, we require mold testing, termite testing, and other tests that could be detrimental to the safety of our home and family. Know that you know the dangers of radon, it is common sense to add radon testing the list of necessary precautions when buying a home in Greenville.

Greenville Radon Mitigation

A good portion of the time we see testing results return high levels of radon gas. People often panic which is the worst thing to do in this time of need. You need to choose a radon mitigation company that is local, honest, and well versed in radon gas. Do not leave a specialists job up to a general contractor who is not a certified radon mitigation specialist. Choose S.W.A.T. Environmental to provide the air purification and installation necessary. As the nation’s largest radon mitigation company, and being located in Greenville, SC, S.W.A.T. Environmental has had the pleasure of properly installing mitigation systems and effectively lowered the vapor levels in many homes.

After your radon mitigation system is installed in your Greenville home, it is important to remember to test every two to five years. Radon testing can be a complicated task, and you do not want to leave your family’s health up to an amateur. Always hire a certified specialist to handle any radon troubles. Whether or not you decide to choose S.W.A.T. Environmental, we recommend testing after an air purification system is installed to ensure it is working properly. We offer a free quote, so you have nothing to lose. Call 1-800-NO-RADON today for your free quote, and leave the radon testing to us.

Friday, July 27, 2012 @ 02:07 PM
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Greenville, SC is on the Radon Hit List

South Carolina radon in water
The Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA, has certified that Greenville County in South Carolina has the highest potential for elevated radon levels in the state. However, this does not mean that you should panic if you already live in the area, nor should this be a deal-breaker for anyone considering moving to this area. Even though radon is a serious health hazard, the risk of the issue in the Greenville region simply means that you should take precautions to monitor waterborne radon in your home. If radon is detected in your house’s water supply a variety of abatement techniques are available that can eliminate the problem.

How Will You Know if Your Home is Contaminated with Waterborne Radon?

Radon has no taste, scent, appearance or other distinguishing characteristic to your five senses. That means that since the Greenville region is at a high risk for radon, you should have specialized radon tests performed in your home at regular intervals. This is particularly important if your home’s drinking water comes from a private well. SWAT Environmental’s radon abatement specialists can handle this testing process for you. Remember, in a situation like this, it is far better to be safe than sorry. Some of the radon in water will escape into the air if it is not dealt with, leaving you at a drastically increased risk for lung cancer and other serious health problems.

If you prefer, you can also purchase home radon testing kits from many home supply stores, hardware stores and the like. These kits will include instructions on how to determine your home’s radon levels. However, many homeowners prefer to hire a reliable, professional radon inspector who can guarantee an accurate reading of your home’s radon levels.

How is a Person Exposed to Radon in Water?

Radon is created naturally in the ground; in some cases, it can slip between cracks in the foundation to infect your home’s air directly. In others, however, it contaminates ground water supplies deep under the surface. When these water supplies are tapped, most commonly by private wells, the radon is drawn into the home along with the water. Then, whenever you brush your teeth, shower, bathe, wash dishes or do laundry, you allow the radon in water into the air of your home.

What to Do About Waterborne Radon In Greenville, South Carolina

Even if you have no direct airborne radon contamination, therefore, you can still be subject to contamination of your water supply. If you have radon in water, you are exposing yourself and everyone else in your family to this cancer-causing gas each time you drink the water or use it for any other purpose. If testing finds it in your home, then, it is vital that you have SWAT Environmental install radon abatement systems to deal with the issue as soon as possible. Test for radon in your South Carolina water today.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012 @ 02:07 PM
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Greenville Radon Abatement SystemsRadon is a gas with no odor or color. It is radioactive and is formed from radium decay. Radon gas is a harmful toxin that can become trapped inside homes and other buildings and accumulate to dangerous levels. Radon is a heavy substance, but it is still classified as a gas; some analysts consider it the number two overall lung health hazard in the United States.

When is Radon Abatement Necessary?

Radon abatement is a broad term for the processes used to reduce and ultimately remove radon gas from the interior of a structure. This is generally accomplished by utilizing fans and air pipes to depressurize the area beneath the slab; this equipment can even be used for soil suction outside the premises. SWAT Environmental specializes in testing houses in the Greenville area to determine their radon levels and installing radon abatement systems if they prove to be necessary.

Methods to reduce radon levels in homes that include crawlspaces usually involve first covering the dirt floor with specialized plastic sheets to minimize the amount of radon gas that can get into the house from the ground. At the same time, fans and vent pipes are utilized to draw the radon from beneath the sheets for proper disposal outside of the house. A form of soil suction called sub-membrane suction is then applied to the crawlspace. This is the most commonly used method to reduce the radon levels within the crawlspace of a home. However, SWAT Environmental’s radon abatement specialists will be able to determine which method or methods will work best in your house, whether it is built above a basement or a crawlspace.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency Guidelines on Radon Abatement

Houses that are found to contain elevated levels of radon gas reaching 4.0 pCi/l or higher should be mitigated to eliminate the toxic radon before it permanently harms the health of the home’s residents. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency sets the standards both for safe levels of radon gas and for the proper techniques and equipment used during the radon abatement process. Construction companies and radon abatement companies must comply with these requirements while working on a house. Radon testing should be performed periodically to eliminate the possibility that radon gas will eventually build to unsafe levels without the knowledge of the people living in the house.

Why is Radon Abatement Necessary?

The EPA reports that radon gas is the second leading cause of cancer; only tobacco use causes more cases each year. Radon ranks sixth on the list of causes of cancer deaths in general. Some cancer statistics show that radon gas is responsible for over 21,000 lung cancer fatalities on a yearly basis in the United States alone. Having SWAT Environmental’s specialists perform radon abatement as soon as it becomes necessary could potentially save many people’s lives, and could minimize the risk of a variety of other breathing-related health problems as well.