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

HUD Lancaster Radon MitigationOver 20,000 people die each year from this terrible gas known as radon. There have been recent changes to the policy of HUD to reduce and regulate this gas in multi-family homes through Lancaster radon mitigation. While we highlighted much of the advancements in health standards last month, this month we will be walking you through the steps to keep up with the current policies, and provide you with insightful information along the way.

The first thing you will need to do for radon in a Lancaster home is have a test completed. This gas cannot be seen or smelled, making the only sure way to find its level is through testing. Testing will enable you to have a much better scope of what you are getting yourself into, and what else needs to be done.

The two types of tests you should be aware of are a short term and long term test. A short term test will only take a week or so to complete. A long term test may take as long as several months to complete. Both of these tests will provide you with accurate results of whether or not Lancaster radon mitigation is necessary. Make sure that you keep the doors and windows closed as much as possible during the testing period in order to be provided with the most accurate results.

If your Lancaster home returns high levels of radon gas on its test, you will need to contact a Lancaster radon mitigation specialist. We know that this can be a nervous time in your life. We know you want your multi-family home to stay up to date with the most recent regulations from HUD, and we know that you want your home to be safe for all of those in it.

Handling Lancaster Radon Mitigation

S.W.A.T. Environmental has made it easy for you to lower your levels of gas. We specialize in radon mitigation, and have been providing this service for over the past two decades. We are local to the Lancaster area, meaning that we will be able to provide you with the radon mitigation that you need. You do not have to worry as we have certified and trained professionals who will be able to reduce your gas levels by as much as 99%. When it comes to radon gas, don’t trust anyone else with your Lancaster radon mitigation.

The reason this has become such a concern for so many Americans is that the annual number of deaths from radon gas is over 20,000. This gas is now the second leading cause of lung cancer, and without appropriate action, it can wreck havoc in your home. If you want to make sure that your home is safe, you will need the professionals at S.W.A.T. Environmental to provide you with the reduction of radon gas you need. Call us today for a free quote on Lancaster radon mitigation.

Thursday, March 7, 2013 @ 09:03 PM
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Why Radon Lung Cancer Reduction is needed in Lancaster, PA

Radon Lung CancerRenting a home or apartment in Lancaster, PA can be an exciting experience, but it can also be unhealthy and stressful. If you do not know what all is covered in your lease agreement, or if your landlord does not agree to provide the healthy environment you need, you may spend much of your own personal time and money to simply make your Lancaster apartment safe when you may not even live there next year. Luckily, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has set new standards in place that will help protect you from radon lung cancer.

If you do not know, radon gas is a naturally occurring gas that comes from the soil beneath your Lancaster, PA home. As this gas is created naturally, it may enter through the water supply, or even the foundation. No matter how the gas enters, it is important that you take the necessary action to remove it before it destroys your home and health. Radon lung cancer now accounts for 15% of all lung cancer cases, and is the second leading cause of it.

21,000 people pass each year from death because of radon lung cancer. It is important to know that all of these deaths could be prevented if a properly installed radon mitigation system had been in place. Lancaster citizens who rent may have not had one installed before as it would not benefit them the second they move out. Luckily, there is good news from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

HUD Improves Radon Lung Cancer Rates in Lancaster

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, also known as HUD, has now made it a mandatory regulation that all multi-family homes that are financed through HUD must have a radon test. This is needed for everyone’s safety as this gas is both odorless, and colorless, meaning that the only way to truly determine if it is safe is through a test. Once a test is conducted, a professional will be able to have a much better idea of the threat level of your apartment or home in Lancaster, and what actions are necessary in reducing radon lung cancer. Lancaster residents may celebrate with the good news of how HUD is looking out for your health.

In addition to receiving testing, all multi-family homes that are financed through HUD that return results of high levels of gas will be regulated to have an air purification system installed to reduce the levels of gas. This is an important step in radon lung cancer reduction as the these purification systems have been proven to reduce levels by as much as 99%. S.W.A.T. Environmental, and the American Lung Association both applaud the action taken by HUD in helping us reduce radon lung cancer, and making Lancaster a much safer place for all. Call us today, and get rid of this horrible gas in your multi-family home.

Thursday, February 7, 2013 @ 05:02 PM
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Radon Mitigation in Schools in Lancaster, PA

Radon Mitigation in Schools in LancasterAttending a public school in Lancaster, PA does not have to be as unsafe or as unhealthy as it currently is. We all know the recent tragedies in the news, and have all have various views of how we can improve the safety, but despite the constant debate and chatter, we can improve schools in Lancaster through one simple action. Radon mitigation in schools can provide the necessary air purification to reduce the toxic gas and prevent it from taking over your Lancaster school.

Statistics have shown that one out of every five schools has a high level of radon gas, and is in need of mitigation. Unfortunately, this means that 70,000 schools have high levels, which means millions upon millions of teachers, students, and faculty are in need of radon reduction. Radon mitigation in schools can help us all ensure that the future of America is receiving a quality education in a safe environment.

Many residents of Lancaster already know just how dangerous radon gas is, but in case you do not, it is known to cause death to a grand total of 20,000 people each and every year. Recent studies have shown that 15% of all lung cancer cases are actually caused by radon gas, meaning that residents of Lancaster who have never smoked in their life may still be subjected to all the adverse effects of cigarettes if their home or school has high levels of radon gas.

A new bill is being proposed from a congress member in Iowa which will provide grant funding for radon mitigation in schools. If passed, the way this grant will operate is by providing funding for testing in all public schools. Schools in Lancaster which have higher than normal levels of this gas will receive additional grant funding for radon mitigation in schools. This ensures that money is only being spent on schools truly in need of mitigation, and by using grants, we ensure that we are not taking any money away from the educational budget.

S.W.A.T. Environmental has the years of experience, knowledge, and plan of action to reduce the levels of radon gas in homes and schools in Lancaster, PA. You can help ensure that all of this is made possible by showing your support for this bill to pass in congress by contacting a local politician, or a member of congress and explain to them the need of radon mitigation in schools. S.W.A.T. Environmental is eager to help reduce the levels of radon gas in all public schools in the Lancaster area. We take pride in what we do, and know that our efforts can help save lives by reducing gas levels by as much as 99%. Make certain that your Lancaster home has an air purification system installed, or that you are testing frequently. Write a letter to congress and help us make Lancaster a safer place for students with radon mitigation in schools.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013 @ 08:01 PM
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Preparing for Radon Action Month in Lancaster, PA

Radon Action Month Lancaster, PALancaster, PA is ready to celebrate radon action month. This means that it is time for residents to take care of their homes by testing, and installing mitigation systems. These are tasks that should be left up to professionals to complete. If you have never heard of radon, it is a gas that kills over 20,000 each year. It can easily enter your home, meaning that action is necessary in order to protect your family.

New studies have proven that approximately 15% of all lung cancer cases are caused by radon gas. This means that even if you have never picked up a single cigarette, you may be in serious danger of lung cancer. One out of every 15 homes across the United States have higher than acceptable levels of this gas, meaning that there is a good chance that your Lancaster home is infested. Take action during radon action month by having a professional reduce the levels of radon gas in your home.

Taking Action in Lancaster, PA for Radon Action Month

Before you have a professional comet to your home to reduce the levels of radon gas, you will need your Lancaster home to be tested. The reason for this is because a test is the only way that you will be able to determine whether or not your home is at a serious risk. Once you have your levels, you will be able to decide on the next appropriate action for your Lancaster. If your Lancaster home has above normal levels of radon gas, then radon action month will be the perfect time for you to have a professional install a mitigation system. If your Lancaster home does not have high levels, you may simply reschedule a test a year later.

With high levels of radon gas in your Lancaster home, radon action month is the time in which you need to get professional help. A properly installed mitigation system can reduce the levels of gas by as much as 99%. This means that your home can be essentially radon free with the help of an air purification system.

S.W.A.T. Environmental has decades of experience, and is certified to provide you the best radon reduction in the nation. We are the nation’s largest and most trusted mitigation company, but we are also local to the Lancaster, PA area. This means that we can provide you with the needed mitigation for your home. Do not delay your health any longer. Take action with the most qualified company in the Lancaster area. We always offer a free quote, and you can even call us at an 800 number, meaning you literally have nothing to lose. Our professionals will gladly answer any questions you may have about radon gas, or our removal process. Take action this radon action month, and give S.W.A.T. Environmental a call today.

Monday, December 3, 2012 @ 08:12 PM
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Lancaster, PA Residents Worried of Lung Cancer

Radon Gas Mitigation in Lancaster, PAWhen you hear of lung cancer, it is easy to assume we are talking about the cancer caused by smoking cigarettes. With giant warning labels on every box, it is easy to know the long term health risks associated with lighting up. Unfortunately, your Lancaster home does not come with the same large warning sign. With recent studies, radon gas has been attributed to causing roughly 16% of all cases of lung cancer.

This means that if your Lancaster home does not contain a radon gas mitigation system, then you could be at a higher risk of being diagnosed with lung cancer. The reality for many Americans is going through their whole entire life concerned with their health, eating the right food, etc. Later on in their lives they are diagnosed with lung cancer, a form of cancer it was only thought possible for those who smoked, or were commonly around smokers. This is a sad reality that many will have to face.

Radon Gas Mitigation in Lancaster, PA

You do not have to be diagnosed with lung cancer, and you have options to improve your health. You can have a professional install a radon gas mitigation system to reduce the levels of radon gas inside your Lancaster home. This will allow you to breathe clean air and not have to worry about the dangers of lung cancer.

To get an idea of where radon gas comes from, you have to start with the soil beneath your Lancaster home. It is in this soil in which uranium breaks down to form radon gas. Radon gas is radioactive, which is the main reason why it is cancer causing. In the soil the radon will form and seep into your foundation of your home, and right into your living room. Radon gas may also enter into your water supply, and again, have infiltrated your home.

You are not at the will of the uranium in your soil. You have a decision to make, and a very important one at that. You can choose to not take action. You can sit there and let your health be a game of roulette. Maybe you will be diagnosed with lung cancer. Maybe you won’t.

Or you can take action. You can call your local Lancaster S.W.A.T. Environmental, and speak to an educated representative about options for radon gas mitigation. With radon gas mitigation, you can reduce the levels of radon in your Lancaster home by as much as 99%. You also are sure that the nation’s trusted company is handling your radon problem when you call us. We have been specializing in radon removal for over two decades now, and we have all the certifications needed to properly reduce your radon levels. We always offer a free quote, and you can call us on our toll free number. What have you got to lose? Call 1-800-NO-RADON now.

Friday, October 26, 2012 @ 07:10 PM
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Lancaster Air Quality Reviewed by EPA

Lancaster Indoor Air QualityDid you know that at the current moment, the EPA is looking at the overall air quality of Lancaster, PA? The Air Quality Index, or AQI for short, is the scale the EPA has drawn up and uses to monitor areas across the United States, like Lancaster. October is national air quality awareness month, meaning in this month you should educate yourself about the dangers of the poor air quality, and take action as necessary.

In order to understand why action is so important, you need to understand the full dangers of poor air quality in Lancaster. The air quality index gives us a good idea of the true threat of the air quality, but often people do not take into consideration the health risks. Did you know that poor air quality can lead to tightness in the chest, shortness of breath, asthma, permanent lung damage, or even death? Often poor air quality kills white blood cells in the lungs which can lead to increased chance of illness. 2 million people die each year from poor air quality, meaning that unless you take care of your Lancaster home by having a professional install an air purification system, some of these potential health risks could happen to you.

Understanding the Air Quality Index

Lancaster residents need to understand the air quality index. The air quality index ranges in scores from 0 to 500, and includes four main factors. These factors are ground level ozone, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, and particle pollution. The sources of these pollutants vary, but the majority of the causes are vehicles, power plants, burning of coal or other natural resources, forest fires, and several other sources.

No matter how old you are, you probably know someone at risk. Children may be at a higher risk due to their developing lungs. Elderly may have preexisting lung conditions which can create a greater risk level. Those that spend a greater amount of time outdoors are at an increased risk as well. Lancaster residents need to take action, because chances are we know someone who is at an elevated risk level.

Air quality rated on the air quality index may get as high as 500, but this is unlikely. Levels in excess of 300 have been observed and are noted to be hazardous levels which can cause damage to all individuals exposed. I have even yet to mention the health risks associated with the notorious, indoor gas of radon. This gas kills tens of thousands each year in the form of lung cancer, making it one of the deadliest concerns for Lancaster residents. Protect yourself, and your family from these dangerous pollutants with the brand the nation has come to trust. S.W.A.T. Environmental specializes in air purification. We have the certifications, experience, and dedicated individuals you need to breath clean air. Do not risk your health, and call your local Lancaster S.W.A.T. Environmental today to improve your air quality.

Thursday, September 20, 2012 @ 07:09 PM
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Lancaster Radon Reduction Company Continues Rapid Growth

Inc. 5000 SWAT Environmental Radon Reduction LancasterS.W.A.T. Environmental, located right here in Lancaster, PA, has just been recognized as one of the fastest growing companies in all of the United States by Inc Magazine. In the past ten years, S.W.A.T. Environmental has grown at a rate of 3,000%. What started out a small mom and pop business with only one radon reduction specialist, but have since grown to have over one hundred employees with over forty locations, and continuing to grow. Being ranked thirteenth in growth for companies in the environmental services industry, We are proud to be the first radon reduction company to ever make the list.

How has a radon reduction company of Lancaster, PA become such a big success? There is a gigantic need for radon reduction companies across the nation. Many people are not aware of the serious health risks associated with radon gas. Over twenty thousand people perish each year because of radon gas, and it is estimated that roughly 1 out of every 15 homes have above the acceptable levels of radon. With the recent passing of Joe Paterno, because of lung cancer, I believe all Pennsylvania residents should be wary about their levels of radon gas.

What Separates Us From Other Lancaster Radon Reduction Companies

We credit the majority of our success to our unmatched level of service in the Lancaster area. First off, S.W.A.T. Environmental has been pioneering the radon reduction business since 1988. Many radon reduction companies in the Lancaster area do not have this many years of experience. I point this out, because there is a wide variety of where the radon in your Lancaster home may be coming from. With so many years of experience, we have seen it all and done it all, meaning we will be able to properly diagnose and provide the correct method of radon reduction for your Lancaster home. Unlike many general contractors, we also have all the certifications needed to ensure our specialists are educated properly in the techniques used to remove radon gas from your home.

Secondly, our customers come first, and we always want to make sure that you are more than satisfied with your level of service. Over the years, we have had the pleasure of providing radon reduction for so many great people in the Lancaster area. We greatly appreciate your business, and feel the ripples of the impact we are making on lives each day by reducing the levels of radon gas. When you call a representative of S.W.A.T. Environmental, you can be sure that you are speaking to an educated individual who will be able to answer any questions you may have about the radon mitigation process in Lancaster. Our approach has always been providing you with as much information as possible to educate yourself to make the right decision for your Lancaster home. We always offer a free estimate, and you can call us toll free, so you have nothing to lose. Call us today to learn why everyone is talking about radon reduction in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Thursday, August 30, 2012 @ 08:08 PM
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Why Radon Testing is Needed in Lancaster, PA

Radon Testing Lancaster PennsylvaniaYou may have heard about radon, but many are not aware of the dangers and necessity of radon testing, especially in the Lancaster, PA area. We are all deeply saddened by the recent passing of Joe Paterno. A great man who made marvelous contributions to college football in the great state of Pennsylvania was struck down by lung cancer. Did you know that there is a good chance that his death was caused by radon? Radon kills roughly 21,000 yearly, which is more than drunk driving. Radon testing is the only way to determine whether or not your Lancaster home is affected by this horrible gas. Having a specialist test your home will greatly help determine whether or not you are in danger, and if further action is required for your Lancaster home.

Radon testing may be completed year round, but it is best to keep your doors and windows shut for the majority of the radon testing process for the most precise results. Short term radon testing may only take a few days to complete. Long term radon testing is the preferred method, but it takes three months to complete. Whether you have just purchased a new home, or have not tested in several years, ongoing radon testing is required as levels can vary depending on your Lancaster homes atmosphere.

Radon Testing in Commercial Buildings

We often spend at least forty hours every week at work. As a business owner trying to play multiple positions, often you may have to work sixty, eighty, or even a hundred hours. When this happens, you are spending just as much time, if not more, at your office as your home. If you have not had radon testing conducted on your commercial building, now is the perfect time. If your results show safe levels, you can rest assured you are safe, but if test results are high, you can take the appropriate action and call a mitigation company.

Radon Testing Results for Lancaster

Radon testing results showing greater than 4 pCi/L are considered dangerous, and a mitigation system should be installed to reduce the levels in your home. Once an expert installs an air purification system, you will be able to breathe clean air, and not have to worry about your family inadvertently getting lung cancer just from living in your home. It is imperative to hire a specialist who is certified and experienced with the radon removal process. Luckily, the nation’s largest radon mitigation company is located right in Lancaster, PA to create a custom mitigation plan for your home. With all the appropriate certifications, years of experience, and reputation for honest work, it is a no brainer that S.W.A.T. Environmental is your go to company for mitigation in the Lancaster area. Radon testing and mitigation may be a lot more affordable than you think. Call S.W.A.T. Environmental today for a free quote. Be smart and test your Lancaster home today.

Friday, July 27, 2012 @ 06:07 PM
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What is Waterborne Radon Gas?

Radon in Water Lancaster, PARadon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that is produced by the decay of certain rocks and soil. It is found in all parts of the world, and poses no health risk unless it collects inside a home and other enclosed structure. Radon in water is invisible and has no odor or taste, so many homeowners never even realize that their home has a radon gas problem until health problems arise as a result of their radon exposure. This makes testing your home or living space for radon contamination imperative. Radon can enter your home by seeping in from the ground outside through cracks and crevices in its foundation. Another common avenue, however, is contaminated ground water, which can release radon gas into your home as it exits from a faucet.

Home Contamination from Radon in Water

Homes that are supplied by private wells are at the highest risk for waterborne radon contamination. Ground water from wells can contain particularly high levels of radon — radon in water that can then be released into a home as the water is used, potentially posing a serious health problem to the home’s residents. The most serious health concern is the increased possibility of developing lung cancer from inhaling elevated radon levels. Ingesting the radon that remains in the water can also be dangerous, potentially leading to intestinal cancer and other health problems.

Since you cannot tell on your own when your home’s water or air contains radon, you should have your home tested regularly to ensure that your health and that of your family is not being put at risk — especially if you rely on a private well. The Environmental Protection Agency now recommends radon testing on ground water that is use by community structures, such as apartment buildings, trailer parks and homes. Having your water supply tested is a fairly simple process. A SWAT Environmental expert can take a sample from the water source and test it to determine whether it contains unsafe radon levels.

Dealing with Waterborne Radon in Lancaster, PA

Fortunately, public awareness in the Lancaster area about the dangers of waterborne radon is increasing. More people every day are having their wells and water supplies tested, realizing an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Government studies are being done to ascertain what communities may be most at risk. By contacting SWAT Environmental, you can make arrangements to have your ground water tested. Educating yourself about this danger to the health and well being of your family is very important. SWAT Environmental’s radon experts can choose from a variety of different radon removal techniques to deal with a waterborne radon problem. Each contaminated home is a unique situation — radon in water removal is not as simple as a single, one-size-fits-all solution. That is why relying on the expertise of trained and experienced technicians is vital to ensure that your home is protected.

Monday, July 2, 2012 @ 06:07 PM
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Radon Abatement: Protection from a Silent Threat in Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Lancaster Radon Abatement
Most people do not realize that their homes may contain a lethal threat. Radon gas is a silent, invisible killer that can seriously threaten the health of a family that lives in a contaminated house. This odorless, invisible gas is a leading cause of cancer and can slowly damage lungs over the course of time — and unfortunately, it is present in numerous homes throughout Lancaster and surrounding regions of Pennsylvania.


What Is Radon Abatement?


Radon gas results from the deterioration of uranium, which is a naturally occurring element in the environment. It is impossible to detect the presence of radon using the five senses. Research indicates that exposure to radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. Smokers are already at an elevated risk for lung cancer; therefore, exposure to radon is especially dangerous to these individuals. The only way to be sure that a home does not contain radon gas is to perform a specialized radon test. If gas is present, radon abatement can address the problem.


Why Test to See if Radon Abatement is Needed?


Since exposure to radon gas results in no immediate symptoms, many people ignore its threat and do not have the radon levels in their homes tested. However, this common mistake holds the potential for tragedy, due to the fact that the presence of radon gas in a home may not be discovered until it has resulted in lung cancer. Conducting a radon test is not complicated and the detailed instructions on a home test kit make it possible for anyone to conduct an accurate test. On the other hand, many homeowners choose to enlist the aid of SWAT Environmental’s professionals to handle the testing process to ensure that no mistakes are made. The results of the test will indicate if the radon levels in a home are a cause for concern; if they are too high, radon abatement is the next step.


Radon Abatement and Radon Levels — What Is Too High?


Research has shown that, compared to the rest of the country, homes in Lancaster tend to be at an increased risk for high levels of radon. Studies conducted in this region of the country have found that 63 percent of the studied homes in the area contain radon levels that are higher than the cutoff established by the Environmental Protection Agency as acceptable. However, if a home tests unacceptably high for radon, remedies that can be installed by SWAT Environmental’s professionals that will reduce the gas’s level. For example, radon is usually highest in the air under a house; a radon abatement system can redirect this air to the outdoors, preventing it from entering the house. Radon gas may be easy to ignore, but it makes sense not to allow this silent threat to remain in a home. Your peace of mind — and potentially your family’s safety — depends on confronting this threat head on.