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Thursday, April 18, 2013 @ 06:04 PM
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Madison Radon Mitigation Needs

HUD Madison Radon MitigationThe recent regulation changes by HUD have made it mandatory for many homes in the Madison, WI area to have a radon mitigation system installed. We covered this topic last month, but in case you missed it, the new regulation requires all multi-family homes that are financed through HUD to have every unit tested for radon gas. Any unit that records high test levels will be required to have a Madison radon mitigation system installed.

This news comes as a shocker for many, but when you consider how many annual deaths are from radon gas it makes sense. 20,000 or more people perish annually from this gas. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer, and is a serious health concern for so many. With approximately one out of every seven lung cancer cases being caused by radon gas, it makes complete sense that HUD has started to increase its regulation in regard to everyone’s safety in their home.

The Madison Radon Mitigation Process

With so many deaths caused by radon gas, and having it be a regulation to test your home, you are going to want to take all of the necessary precautions for Madison radon mitigation as needed. The first step you will need to do is have a test conducted to determine whether or not this gas is present in high quantities in your Madison, WI home. The reason testing is so important is that this gas is both odorless, and colorless, making testing one of the only for certain ways to know whether or not this gas is in your Madison, WI home.

There are two types of tests you can do. The first type of test is a short term test. A short term test may only take a few days to complete, or as much as a week. A long term test may take several months, but it does boast slightly more accurate results. Regardless of which test you choose to do, make for certain that the doors and windows are closed as much as possible during testing periods. This makes the readings more accurate for your Madison home.

If your Madison home reports high levels of radon gas, then you will need to have a Madison radon mitigation system installed in your home. According to the new HUD regulation, if you want your multi-family home to remain financed through HUD, this is now required. This is easier than you think with the nation’s most trusted radon mitigation company located in Madison. Call S.W.A.T. Environmental for a free quote on Madison radon mitigation, and let our qualified professionals treat your home. We have all the experience and certifications necessary to properly handle your radon problem. You have nothing to lose with a free quote. Contact a representative from S.W.A.T. Environmental today, and start having your radon levels reduced by as much as 99%.

Friday, March 8, 2013 @ 03:03 PM
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The American Lung Association and Radon Lung Cancer in Madison

Radon Lung CancerThe American Lung Association realizes there has been a giant step forward in the improvement of lung health in Madison, WI and across the United States. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has made it a requirement that all multi-family homes that are financed through them will be required to have a radon test. Also, any of these homes that return high levels of radon gas will be required to have a mitigation system installed. This is a huge step for improvement in the of lung health across the nation.

It also important to know that air purification systems not only help reduce radon lung cancer, but also it helps improve overall air quality by reducing moisture in the home, and increasing ventilation. The American Lung Association is very pleased with the efforts and actions taken by the U.S. Department of Housing, or HUD, as this will surely improve the amount of people affected by radon lung cancer.

By the numbers, radon lung cancer is the second leading lung cancer, and affects a large portion of the population. About 15% of all lung cancer cases are caused by radon gas. It is powerful to know that in excess of 20,000 people die from this horrible gas each and every year, making it more of a threat to our health than drunk driving, and many other threats.

Madison Radon Lung Cancer Concerns

In Madison, WI, this gas forms in the soil beneath your home. As uranium is broken down, it produces radon gas naturally, and this gas may intrude your home in numerous ways. Whether it seeps up through the foundation, enters through the ground water supply, or in a different way, it is important that you make sure to test your Madison, WI home often. Testing is important as the gas cannot be seen or smelled. It is recommended to test your home once every few years.

HUD is actually part of a group of organizations that is starting a movement for the improved safety and health of homes across the nation. The group is called the Federal Healthy Homes Work Group, and it is made up of the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Environmental Protection Agency, and HUD. Together these organizations will be able to accomplish great things to reduce radon lung cancer.

S.W.A.T. Environmental is ready and able to help you reduce the levels of radon gas in your multi-family home. We have all the necessary certifications, and have area specific knowledge to Madison, Wisconsin. We have decades of experience in radon removal, and would like to help improve the safety of your multi-family home. We always offer a free quote, so call today. We are proud of the actions taken by HUD, and hope to contribute to making a positive impact.

Thursday, February 7, 2013 @ 07:02 PM
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The Need of Radon Mitigation in Schools in Madison

Radon Mitigation in Schools in MadisonWhen you think of our nation’s schools, we often assume that they are safe for all teachers, students, and members of the faculty to work and learn alike. Even though the impression of having a security guard, gates, and other precautionary measures in Madison, WI school give this appearance, in many cases it could not be further from the truth. A deadly gas has infiltrated many of our schools in Madison and other schools across the nation.

This gas is responsible for killing 20,000 people across the nation each and every single year. In addition, this gas infiltrates one out of every fifteen homes, and one out of every five schools. One out of every seven cases of lung cancer are caused by this gas. You are probably thinking this is some type of cigarette smoke, or dangerous vapor we are already aware of. Instead this is actually radon gas that is affecting 70,000 schools nationwide.

If we want to take control of this gas in our Madison, WI schools, we need radon mitigation in schools. Radon mitigation in schools is the only way that we can be for certain that our children are not breathing in a horrible gas. With mitigation we know that our schools are a safe place for all to learn and teach.

The solution to this problem is having a bill passed that will provide radon mitigation in schools. Currently, a bill is being proposed by a member of congress from Iowa. If passed, every school will receive the necessary funding for radon testing. This will help us get a grip on which schools are affected as testing is the only way to know if a school has high gas levels.

How Effective Radon Mitigation in Schools can be

Schools that have high levels will receive additional grant funding for radon mitigation in schools. This way we are for certain that all of our schools across the nation have safe levels of gas, and that everyone is protected. This system would also ensure that funding is not taken from the education of our children, so every child will still receive the high level of education they deserve in America.

In order for Madison, WI residents to help this bill pass, we need you to write letter to congress members, and local politicians explaining the need and importance for radon mitigation in schools. With the high levels of gas affecting one out of every five schools, it is very apparent that something needs to be done. With the dramatic health effects that radon has, we need to take action in order to prevent lung cancer from taking the lives of tens of thousands of people each and every year. S.W.A.T. Environmental is ready to do our part in radon mitigation in schools, so do yours and write a letter to a congress member today for safer schools in Madison, WI.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013 @ 09:01 PM
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Madison, WI and Radon Action Month

Radon Action Month Madison WisconsinIf you live in Madison, WI, then now is about the time that you should start preparing for radon action month. Radon action month comes during January every year, and is the best time for you to take action in order to prepare your home for radon gas. Radon gas is responsible of roughly 15% of all lung cancer cases, and is located in one out of every fifteen homes nationwide. This means that it is important that you have a your Madison home tested, and a mitigation installed as needed during radon action month.

Before you take action for your Madison home, it is important that you learn about how radon gas forms. Radon gas forms in the soil beneath your Madison home through uranium being broken down. This is all a natural process that cannot be avoided. Once the uranium breaks down, a professional will be needed to install a mitigation system as this radon can enter through your foundation. The important thing is that you determine whether or not your home is effected as in many cases it is not a matter of if, but when.

Radon Action Month in Madison

Radon action month is a time in which you can safeguard your home. Calling a professional to conduct radon testing is a great way that you can be sure that your home is safe. Many people schedule testing during radon action month as it is an integral part of determining your threat level. Once your home is tested you will be able to make an easy decision.

If your Madison home has low or no levels of radon gas, then no further action is required. If you receive these levels you may want to have another test conducted, and then test every few years just to ensure nothing has changed. If your Madison home does have high levels of radon gas, then this is the month in which you should call a professional mitigation company to reduce the levels in your home by as much as 99%.

S.W.A.T. Environmental has decades of experience in the radon industry and all the certifications needed to properly install a mitigation system on your Madison home. We specialize in the least invasive procedures, meaning that you will hardly even notice that a mitigation system is on your home.

Do not trust your health and safety, as well as the health and safety of your entire family, up to a contractor who claims to know a little bit about radon. Trust the company that America has made the nation’s largest mitigation company. Trust our decades of experience. Take action during radon action month and contact your local S.W.A.T. Environmental for a free quote on installation of a mitigation system. If you have additional questions, one of our professionals will gladly assist you. Do not hesitate, just call.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012 @ 03:12 PM
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Madison, WI Lung Cancer concerns

Prevent Lung Cancer with Radon Gas MitigationLung cancer is often thought to be something that only affects those that smoke cigarettes religiously, but this is turning out to be far from the truth. Recent studies have shown that 16% of all cases of lung cancer are due to radon gas. Radon gas is not mentioned in the news, or media frequently, but it does contribute to more deaths on an annual basis than drunk driving.

Killing more than 20,000 people each year, it is easy to understand why radon gas is a serious concern for your health. Whether or not your Madison home has a radon gas mitigation system may be a life changing decision. Before you invest your time and money into a radon gas mitigation system, it is important to familiarize yourself with radon, where it comes from, and how it affects you.

Radon Gas Mitigation in Madison

Living in Madison, WI may put you at a greater risk to radon gas exposure than other areas. Radon levels pretty much strictly depend on the amount of uranium in the soil of a given area. Radon gas forms from uranium breaking down in the soil. This is an organic process that cannot be prevented. As radon gas is emitted, it may enter the smallest of spaces because it is in a gaseous state.

As a gas, radon may seep into ground water supplies, foundations of homes, and even basements. Entering through the small spaces, it can quickly reach you. Madison residents have to beware, because even if your home is not built on a slab of uranium, your water supply may be located close enough where radon gas enters through your water supply. In rare cases, radon has even been found in building materials.

Calling a Radon Gas Mitigation Specialist in Madison, WI

It is important that you call an expert to handle your radon gas mitigation in Madison, WI. Your health is at risk, and as previously mentioned there are a multitude of ways radon gas may enter your home. Having a professional who is experienced with all of these ways, and how to properly deal with them, is the key in having your Madison home full of only clean air.

At S.W.A.T. Environmental, we pride ourselves on providing the finest radon gas mitigation system installation in all of the United States. We are the nation’s largest and most trusted brand. Local to Madison, WI, we are familiar with all of the Madison area specific radon problems, and how to deal with them. A properly installed radon gas mitigation system may reduce levels of radon by as much as 99%. Having a professional from S.W.A.T. Environmental treat your home will provide the peace of mind you deserve. Remember to test your home to determine whether or not radon gas mitigation is necessary, then give us a call for a free quote on radon gas mitigation.

Friday, October 26, 2012 @ 08:10 PM
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Air Quality of Madison, WI Observed

Madison Indoor Air QualityThe air quality of Madison, Wisconsin recently came under fire. As you may know already, there are extreme health risks associated with poor air quality for both inside, and outside of your Madison home. This essentially means that now, more than ever, you should be careful about the quality of air you are inhaling as pollutants are being discovered to cause dramatic, adverse, health risks.

The EPA has studied air quality among various groups. Nearly everyone is at risk. Children with developing lungs, elders with preexisting lung conditions, and anyone who is active and spends a great amount of time outdoors can elevate themselves for health risks. Some of the health risks you may experience in Madison because of poor air quality are shortness of breath, tightness in the chest, increased asthma, permanent lung damage, or even death. Every year roughly 2 million people die because of poor indoor air quality. Over an additional million die because of poor outdoor air quality.

Causes of Poor Air Quality in Madison

To understand what is the main cause of all of these deaths, we must take a look into what causes poor air quality. Radon gas is a major concern for Madison residents, and is a cause of lung cancer. Radon gas is commonly known as the silent killer, because you cannot see or smell it. The source of radon gas is broken down uranium, which is naturally occurring in your soil. Because of its source, radon gas can be found nearly anywhere.

Across the United States, approximately one out of every fifteen homes has inadequate levels of radon gas. Although the foundation of your Madison home would seem to be a safe barrier, this gas can seep through, entering your home, and raging havoc on your health. Every year approximately 20,000 people die because of lung cancer associated with radon gas.

While radon gas is a major player in contributors to poor air quality, there are a number of other sources. The other main concerns from the EPA are sulfur dioxide, carbon monoxide, ground level ozone, and particle pollution. The sources of these pollutants come from vehicles, power plants, burning of coal and other natural resources, residential burnings, forest fires, other burnings, and several other sources.

Repair Poor Air Quality in Madison

Madison residents do not have to sweat about poor air quality. S.W.A.T. Environmental specializes in air quality improvement, and has the tools you need for radon reduction, or just overall air quality improvement. With decades of experience, all the necessary certifications, and knowledge to get the job done correctly, your Madison home can see dramatic improvements to its air quality. We are able to reduce radon levels by as much as 99%, and reduce the levels of other pollutants as well. Do not subject yourself to permanent lung damage, and contact us today for a free quote.

Friday, September 21, 2012 @ 01:09 PM
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Elite Radon Reduction Company in Madison, WI

Inc. 5000 Wisconsin Radon Reduction CompanyMadison, Wisconsin residents have something new to be proud and excited about. Local Madison company S.W.A.T. Environmental has just made the elite list of Inc Magazine’s fastest growing companies in America. S.W.A.T. Environmental ranked thirteenth overall for the environmental industry, and is the first radon reduction company to ever make this list. With the installation of over 10,000 radon reduction systems last year, it is easy to see that S.W.A.T. Environmental is fulfilling this nation’s need for quality radon reduction system installation.

Over the past ten years, we have seen growth of 3000%. What started out as a small company with only one mitigation specialist, now boasts over one hundred employees, and over forty locations. We would like to thank all of the residents of Madison, WI for enabling us to provide the quality service they need. It has been our pleasure to provide this community with radon reduction in order to prevent lung cancer in so many residents. We appreciate your business, and greatly appreciate your help in spreading the word of the dangers of radon gas, and the need for radon testing.

Why S.W.A.T. Environmental is the Nation’s Leading Radon Reduction Company

There are many radon reduction companies out there, so why has S.W.A.T. Environmental been the nation’s choice, and Madison, WI choice? Often radon mitigation companies do not solely specialize in radon, and are rather general contractors that provide a multitude of services. While this is all fine and dandy, the service, quality, and years of experience often do not amount anywhere near ours. We have been in the radon reduction industry since 1988, meaning that we have experienced thousands upon thousands of cases, giving us the experience of properly handling difficult scenarios that your home may have. Properly pinpointing the location of your vapor intrusion, and installing the least invasive as possible radon reduction system in your Madison home is often a difficult task to be left up to a specialist.

The most common scenario of vapor intrusion in Madison homes, is often uranium breaking down in the soil beneath your home, and creeping its way into your basement or foundation. Contrary to popular belief, homes without basements are still at a high risk of vapor intrusion. The first step in radon reduction is scheduling a radon test. A professional will be able to have your results quickly, and inform you of your levels of radon gas. Anything at or above 4.0 pCi/L is considered a dangerous level, and additional action will be required. Although many often panic, do not make this mistake of simply hiring anybody to complete your radon reduction for your Madison home. Take a deep breath, and call us toll free at 1-800-NO-RADON, have a professional answer your questions, and receive a free quote for radon reduction. Do the right thing for your health that so many Madison, WI residents have already done, and test for radon.

Friday, August 31, 2012 @ 01:08 PM
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Madison, Wisconsin and Radon Testing

Radon Testing Madison WisconsinAs a resident of beautiful Madison, WI, you may have heard about the dangers of radon gas. Did you know that radon is odorless, and colorless, meaning that there is no way to determine whether or not it is in your home without radon testing? Did you know that each year over 20,000 lives are lost due to radon as it has been shown to cause lung cancer? Did you know the EPA considers radon as a major health threat and concern?

Radon testing is the only way to determine whether or not your Madison home has radon. Once you have your test results, you may or may not have to install a mitigation system, but is your health something you really want to gamble on? Whenever you buy or sell a home, it is necessary to have termite inspections, mold inspections, and other inspections throughout to establish that the Madison house is in good health to sell. What is becoming ever popular, and for good reason, is radon testing homes before a sale. Showing a home is radon free with radon testing results is a great way to increase home values, and sell your home faster. Personally, I would not purchase a home without radon testing results within two years of the purchase.

Radon Testing Specialists in Madison

Radon testing is mandatory for your Madison home if you wish to avoid lung cancer. Similar to smoking, you would not develop lung cancer immediately, but after years of inhalation, the damage has been done and cannot be reversed. While many cancers are unavoidable, If you speak with any cancer patient who had the capability to avoid their cancer by not smoking, or radon testing, they will explain how much they regret their decision.

While we cannot see what the future holds, hindsight is always 20/20. Do not be kicking yourself for not hiring a radon testing specialist. Radon testing specialists will be able to determine when the best time for your test, what type of test is needed, and can properly conduct the test. Hiring a general contractor is not something you want to risk your health on. A radon testing expert should have the proper certifications and experience to answer and handle any issue that may arise while radon testing is conducted.

Radon Mitigation in Madison

Not always, but often Madison homes return high levels of vapor intrusion on radon testing results. If your Madison home has high radon levels, there is no need to worry. S.W.A.T. Environmental has experienced, certified professionals in the Madison, WI area to install an air purification system you need. Once the air purification system is installed, there will be a giant weight lifted from your shoulders, as you can now breathe clean air for the first time in who knows how long. What is even better is that S.W.A.T. Environmental is the nation’s largest mitigation company, and is located in Madison, WI, meaning a trusted expert is waiting to help you. Call S.W.A.T. Environmental and have radon testing completed, and a mitigation system installed as necessary.

Monday, July 23, 2012 @ 07:07 PM
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Waterborne Radon Health Risks in Madison, Wisconsin

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Airborne radon has long been a concern due to its undetectable nature and the health risks involved in breathing it; however, until recently, radon’s presence in drinking water was not considered a problem. It has now been established that the biggest threat from radon in water comes from the fact that radon can be released into the air when the water is used. Inhaling radon in excessive amounts can cause lung cancer, and running water that contains radon increases the total level of radon present in the home.

While there is a small chance that drinking radon-contaminated water can cause stomach cancer, the real threat is that airborne radon is released into the air when it is heated or otherwise used. Any time radon contaminated water is used from a faucet, shower or other source, radioactive particles are being released into the home. This means that prolonged use of the contaminated water causes more and more radioactive particles to be released, posing a continually increasing threat to your health. Studies have shown that small amounts of radon are harmless, but that increased levels pose a risk of causing cancer and other serious health conditions.

Risk Factors for Waterborne Radon

If you live in Madison, Wisconsin and get your water from a private well, then the chances of your water containing radon are greatly increased. Almost all drilled wells reach the bedrock where radon can seep into the groundwater and dissolve. If your source of water comes from a reservoir or lake, the chances of being exposed to radon in water are greatly reduced because it is usually released into the air long before reaching the pipes that carry it into your home.

Eliminating Radon in Water

Since you cannot tell when your home’s air or water contains radon on your own, you will need to rely on specialized tests to tell you whether or not you are being exposed to high radon levels. Professional versions of these tests can be performed by a SWAT Environmental specialist. If you prefer, you can also purchase your own home testing kit at most hardware stores. If a test reveals that there is radon present in your well water, the next step is to have SWAT Environmental take steps to eliminate it.

How Radon in Water Affects Health

There are two types of water treatment for radon contamination. The first, and generally most effective, is aeration treatment. Aeration treatment removes 99 percent of the radon in water by mixing large quantities of clean air into it and then dispersing the radon-contaminated air outside the home where it dissipates harmlessly. 

Another type of treatment is a point-of-use device that eliminates radon at the tap. Of course, this method will not be sufficient to stop airborne particles from entering the home; it only reduces the amount of radon in the actual water coming out of the tap. However, in some cases, it may be necessary to implement the two systems together to ensure that your home is protected.

Monday, June 25, 2012 @ 08:06 PM
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Madison Wisconsin Radon AbatementRadon is a gas that is created in the soil all over the United States, and especially near Madison, Wisconsin. When elements like uranium break down underground, they produce radon; the gas is then released into the atmosphere. This is not a problem when it enters the open air, but it quickly becomes a problem when it enters a home and becomes trapped inside. The reason is that radon has been linked to causing cancer when a person is exposed to it as high levels.

Entry of Radon Gas Can Be Prevented with Radon Abatement

Radon enters a building at ground level primarily through cracks in its basement, through gaps between the walls and the slab, through well water and through spaces between construction joints. Anywhere there is a separation or gap in an exterior wall of your home, radon can seep inside and become trapped in the home with no way of getting out. Over time, this can expose your family to dangerously high levels of radon gas. In that situation, the only way to reduce the levels of radon in your house is through radon abatement.

Testing Determines Whether You Need Radon Abatement

Since radon is an undetectable gas, which means it is tasteless and odorless, you will have no clue whether or not you are being exposed to high levels of radon. That is why it is important that you either purchase a do-it-yourself radon testing kit at a local hardware store or that you hire a specialist from SWAT Environmental to perform a professional test for you. This process will tell you whether having a full radon abatement performed is necessary.

Role of a Radon Abatement Specialist

If testing determines that high levels of radon are present in your home, your next step should be to have a radon abatement specialist from SWAT Environmental begin planning how best to remove the radon gas from your home. This is true whether you had a professional radon test performed or you performed a home version of the test yourself. The role of the abatement specialist is to come out to your house, perform all necessary assessments and devise a system that is customized to suit your house’s unique needs. Whatever the specific system or systems the specialist decides are necessary, they are designed to lower the already-elevated radon levels in the home and to prevent more radon from getting inside. In most cases, the abatement specialist will also need to locate and seal the cracks and gaps that are letting the radon in from the ground. The most often used type of abatement system will actually pull the radon out of the soil and pump it up through a pipe, allowing it to exit at the top of your home into the open air. Although additional radon abatement systems might be necessary in some cases, you can be confident that the SWAT Environmental specialist will ensure that you and your family are kept safe.