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Thursday, April 18, 2013 @ 02:04 PM
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New York Radon Mitigation and HUD

HUD New York Radon MitigationThe new updates to HUD covered in last month’s article from S.W.A.T. Environmental may have brought a shock to many. Such a dangerous gas is now covering the nation, and bringing fear to those who are uninformed about the New York radon mitigation capabilities of S.W.A.T. Environmental.

The recent updates from HUD are now requiring that every multi-family home financed through HUD must have a radon test conducted in order to determine whether or not the unit is safe for tenants. Additionally, a New York radon mitigation system will need to be installed in any system that has high levels of radon gas.

These regulations may come as a shocker to many, but those informed about the statistics of radon gas probably know they could not have come any sooner. This gas is responsible for killing 20,000 or more people each year in the form of lung cancer. As the second leading cause of lung cancer, radon gas is effecting roughly one out of every fifteen homes. If untreated, you, or the tenants of the home, are at a much increased risk of developing lung cancer or additional lung ailments.

NY Radon Mitigation Process

The NY radon mitigation process may be a scary one if you do not have someone on your side who will be able to guide you through it all. We know that radon gas is something that millions of Americans do not know about, and being in the industry for over two decades, we thought we should be able to shed some light on the subject matter.

The first thing you are going to want to do is have your Newburgh home tested for the gas. This gas is both odorless and colorless, meaning the only way you will know for certain whether or not this gas is affecting you is through having a test conducted. If your test results show there are low or no levels of radon gas, then no further action is required, and you will be able to rest easy at night. If your NY home shows high levels of radon gas, you will want to contact a professional to properly reduce your levels of radon gas through New York radon mitigation.

When you are looking for a New York radon mitigation company, you really don’t have to look any further than NY. The nation’s leading radon mitigation company, S.W.A.T. Environmental is located here, and we will happily help you in your mitigation needs. We have the certified professionals, and decades of experience that it takes to perfect our methods. When it comes to your safety, and the safety of all of those who you are renting your multi-family home to, do not look any further than S.W.A.T. Environmental. Call one of our friendly staff representatives today to find out more about New York radon mitigation, and even get a free quote on having a new system installed.

Thursday, March 7, 2013 @ 08:03 PM
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Radon Lung CancerNY residents are receiving exciting news in regard to the safety of their home. If you rent a home in New York, then your landlord may be required to have a radon test, and a mitigation system installed if needed. The American Lung Association is happy to announce that HUD, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, has made it mandatory that every multi-family home financed through HUD will be required to have a radon test. Additionally, any multi-family home financed through HUD that tests with high levels of gas will be required to have an air purification system installed to reduce the levels of the gas, and improve safety.

This motion stems from the larger group that HUD is a part of. The group consists of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Energy, and of course the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The group is called the Federal Healthy Homes Work Group, and its mission is to improve the safety and health of homes and its occupants.

If you have not heard of radon gas before, then all of this probably does not sound like that big of a deal. Radon gas is actually the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States next to smoking. Radon is responsible for the death of 21,000 people annually, and is both colorless and odorless. This means that although we cannot see nor smell this gas, it is taking the lives of loved ones every day. Additionally, because it is so under the radar, it can only be found through testing, which is why testing is so important.

The gas forms deep down below your New York home where no one is aware of it. Uranium which is found in soil naturally breaks down, and as part of the process forms radon gas. This gas then can find its way into the water supply of your NY home, or even enter through the foundation. Once it is in your home, it will only build in concentration unless you take the necessary action of calling a professional to install a mitigation system.

The American Lung Association is ecstatic about the number of lives that will be saved from this motion. 15% or so of all lung cancer cases are actually caused by radon gas, which means that if we removed radon gas from every home, there would be a 100% decline in the number of radon lung cancer cases. Air purification systems are also healthy for lung health not only for radon, but they provide increased ventilation, and reduce moisture for further increased lung health. S.W.A.T. Environmental of New York is pleased with the effort by HUD, and is hopeful that one day NY will be a place without radon lung cancer.

Thursday, February 7, 2013 @ 04:02 PM
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Radon Mitigation in Schools in New York is Needed

Radon Mitigation in Schools in New YorkResidents of New York need to take further action in helping make certain that their schools have an adequate level of safety. As you may have heard recently, there was a deeply saddening news story about a shooting in Newtown, CT. While this event deeply saddens many, and sparks a debate about guns and school safety, there is one part of school safety that does not have to be so complicated. When it comes to school safety, all schools should be radon free.

Radon gas is a deadly gas that forms in the soil beneath homes and buildings in NY, and across America. While this gas is deadly and should be treated likewise, many have not taken the necessary precaution in protecting their home, much less their schools. Radon gas forms in the soil when uranium breaks down. This is a natural process, and is essentially unavoidable. As the gas forms underneath buildings, it may seep through the foundation, or enter the water supply. Either way it has entered a room and will now only increase in concentration unless action is taken. Radon mitigation in schools will help lower the concentrations of this deadly gas in New York.

Why New York Needs Radon Mitigation in Schools

By the numbers, radon gas is one of the most deadly substances discovered. It kills approximately 20,000 people each year in the form of lung cancer. This means that one out of every seven cases of lung cancer are caused by radon gas. In addition, radon gas has been found in high concentrations in approximately one out of every five schools. 70,000 schools across the nation have high levels of radon gas. What is this nation going to do about the safety of our students.

A bill is being proposed from a congressman in Iowa that will provide the necessary funding for all students to be treated to equally clean air. If passed, this bill will provide the necessary funding for radon mitigation in schools. The way this bill will work is that first all schools will receive initial funding for radon testing. Schools with high levels of radon gas will then be dispersed additional grant monies for radon mitigation in schools. Radon mitigation in schools in New York will provide all of our students the clean air to ensure that they will not be breathing in harmful gases.

Now is the time we all take action for radon mitigation in schools. If we all write a member of congress, or even a local politician, we can fight for funding to be dispersed for radon mitigation in schools. Additionally, we will not have to have to worry about hurting our children’s education because all of this funding will be in addition to the school budget. Act now and help all of our future leaders, teachers, and faculty members in NY breathe easier with radon mitigation in schools.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013 @ 08:01 PM
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NY Residents Prepare for Radon Action Month

Radon Action Month New YorkRadon action month occurs every January and is a month in which residents take action in support of their safety by reducing the radon levels of their home. You may be wondering what is radon? Or even debating whether or not radon is a threat to your home. Even if you do not fulfill radon action month with having a mitigation system installed, you can at least take the time to educate yourself, and spread the word about radon gas.

Radon Action Month in New York

As mentioned, education on radon is half the battle. Many do not take much time to care about radon as it is thought to be an insignificant threat. This could not be any further from the truth. Radon kills 20,000 each year which is more than drunk driving. In addition, radon harms one out of every fifteen homes, meaning there is no place in the nation that it safe from radon gas.

Radon forms in the soil beneath the home from naturally occurring breakdown of elements in your soil. As elements break down, and this gas forms, it may contaminate your water supply through the groundwater, or even through the foundation of your home. It is extremely important to have your home tested to find out where the gas is coming from, and what can be done about it.

Taking Action in Radon Action Month

families should not take anymore time postponing their health. Take radon action month as a time to prepare your home as a safe environment. The first thing you need to do during radon action month is have a test completed on your home. The test is the only way to determine your gas levels, as radon cannot be seen or smelled. Once you have your levels, it is easy to determine how threatened your home is. If the levels are high, quickly call a professional to install a mitigation system. If your levels are low, you may retest again for peace of mind. If both tests return negative results, you do not need a mitigation system at this time, and only need to retest several years later.

With high levels of gas in your home, an air purification system is the only thing that can lower your levels. Residents do not need to panic, as the nation’s largest and most trusted mitigation company is located right here in NY. You can quickly be breathing clean air as one of our trained, certified professionals conducts installation of an air purification system on your home. You will not have to worry about lung cancer anymore, as your radon levels drop. Contact your local S.W.A.T. Environmental this radon action month and start breathing much easier today. We always offer a free quote, so you have nothing to lose. Protect your home from radon gas.

Monday, December 3, 2012 @ 08:12 PM
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NY Residents Concerned with Lung Cancer

Lung Cancer Preventable with Radon Gas MitigationIf you live in the NY area, you probably know someone who has been diagnosed with lung cancer. What you may not know is that one out of every seven people you may meet with lung cancer never touched a cigarette in their life. The news of this can be alarming. You are probably contemplating the damages of second hand smoke in the area.

What the actual reasoning is for 16% of all lung cancer cases is radon gas. That is right. Radon gas, a common gas found in many homes across the United States, has been studied and linked to be responsible of 16% of all lung cancer cases. This ends up in equating to 20,000 deaths each year. The numbers have shocked many, and have made doctors consider radon gas one of the most dangerous cancer causing materials.

You are probably wondering why you may have not heard of the dangers of radon gas before. Despite the large death toll, sadly many are just simply not aware, and efforts by the EPA do not always make it through to the entire public. Many have taken up fighting for beliefs in long term health risks associated with pesticides and non-organic food. While these are valiant efforts, there has already been a great need established for radon gas mitigation as thousands die each year directly caused by the gas.

Radon Gas Mitigation in

Radon gas mitigation can help reduce the levels of radon in your home by as much as 99%. In order to understand the radon gas mitigation process, you must understand where radon gas comes from. Radon gas forms from Uranium in the soil around your home. Because of uranium breaking down, radon gas will soon form, and may seep through your foundation, and into your living room. If you have a basement it may quickly be filled with this dangerous gas.

Another entry point is the water supply. Depending on the location in which radon forms, the entry point may differ. A random fact is that radon gas is also in some building supplies. No matter where the radon gas is formed or is located, the only way to detect it is with radon testing. Radon cannot be seen or smelled, meaning that testing is the only true way to find out whether or not your home is infested.

With test results in hand, you may need radon gas mitigation. Luckily, right here in NY is the nation’s leading radon gas mitigation company. We are ready to provide the mitigation you need with our trained, and certified professionals. We have specialized in radon gas mitigation for over two decades, so you know you are hiring a company that understands radon gas inside and out. Give us a call today, and take control of your health by preventing lung cancer.

Friday, October 26, 2012 @ 07:10 PM
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Air Quality Suffers

Indoor Air Quality NYWhether you are familiar with the serious health risks associated with poor air quality, or not, it is never too late to learn. A shocking statistic that many of NY residents find out is that two million people die each year from poor air quality. This means that without a proper treatment to your home, you are potentially putting yourself and your family at a high risk of death, permanent lung damage, along with milder side effects associated with pollution. An additional million plus perish each year because of poor outdoor air quality.

How do so many people perish each year from poor air quality alone? It is alarming that so many people die from the quality of the air, especially in the year of 2012. White blood cells in your lungs can be killed by pollution that is inhaled, meaning that your body has a greatly increased risk of developing disease or sickness, as white blood cells are what protects your body from infections, and illness.

Radon and Air Quality in

Air quality is effected by many pollutants, but one pollutant to be especially aware of is radon gas. Radon gas is known to cause death from lung cancer for more than 20,000 people each year. The cause of radon gas is the breaking down of uranium in the soil beneath your home. Once radon gas forms, it can enter your home through the foundation. Radon gas can also enter through your water supply, and may even be in the building materials of your home. Affecting roughly one out of every fifteen homes means that there is a good chance that you are living in a home that is causing lung cancer.

In order to get a good idea of the levels of pollutants, the EPA has created something known as the air quality index, or the AQI. The AQI is great for determining the overall rating of the pollution outdoors in the region. The AQI evaluates levels of ground level ozone, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, and particle pollution to create a rating from 0 to 500 for each region of the United States. Any rating between zero and fifty indicates a safe level without major air pollution. Unfortunately, each year areas of the United States experience levels in excess of two hundred or three hundred, indicating a hazardous level known to cause health risks.

Take control of the air quality in your New York home today. Have a professional install an air purification system with S.W.A.T. Environmental today to improve the air quality in your home. Our professionals are certified in the latest processes, and we have proven methods that are known to reduce radon gas levels by as much as 99%. Protect your family from these dangerous gas levels with an air purification system during air quality awareness month.

Thursday, September 20, 2012 @ 06:09 PM
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Company Knows no Limits

Inc. 5000 NY Radon Mitigation CompanyRadon reduction company, S.W.A.T. Environmental, has just been recognized as the nation’s thirteenth fastest growing environmental services company by Inc.com. Inc.com specializes in all things business, and every year, they list the top up and coming businesses. Located in NY, as well as twenty six other states, S.W.A.T. Environmental has built its name through years of providing quality service, and exceeding customer satisfaction with their radon reduction.

In 2011 alone, S.W.A.T. Environmental installed over 10,000 radon reduction systems. The projected revenues for 2012 are $12 million. Over sixty employees have been added over the past three years. The numbers do not lie that S.W.A.T. Environmental has earned the ‘s, and the nation’s trust. Being in the radon reduction business since 1988, and having all the certifications, it is easy to see why so many residents have made the smart decision by choosing S.W.A.T. Environmental. When you call us toll free, you know that an educated representative will be able to answer any of the questions you may have, as well as provide you with in depth knowledge of how radon reduction actually works. You know a certified professional will be able to properly install your radon reduction system, and your home may have reduced radon levels by up to 99%.

How Radon Reduction Works in NY

When choosing a radon reduction company in , there really is not much of a reason to go anywhere than your local S.W.A.T. Environmental. Let me explain to you the dangers and need for radon reduction. Roughly 7.8 million homes have elevated radon levels that need further action. You can determine your levels by having a professional conduct a simple radon test. Any level above 4 pCi/L is considered dangerous, and a radon reduction system will need to be installed in your NY home. Once you have your test results, you will have peace of mind knowing what your next step should be with your home. If your tests levels are low, you may simply conduct another test every two to five years to ensure nothing has changed.

If your levels are high, there may be a multitude of reasons and sources of your dangerous gas. Whether this dangerous vapor has seeped into your home through your foundation, or if it has entered through your water supply, a properly installed radon reduction system will be able to provide you with the mitigation you need. One of the most common systems is soil suction. A professional determines the specific location of the radon gas in your soil, and will install a radon reduction system to suck the vapor out of the soil, and disperse it into the atmosphere where it is quickly diluted. Remember, that help for your home, and peace of mind is simply a toll free phone call today. The first step is testing, so call a professional today.

Thursday, August 30, 2012 @ 08:08 PM
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Radon Testing in NY

Radon Testing  New YorkRadon testing may be a matter of life and death for many NY residents. As you may already know, radon gas has been proven to cause lung cancer, and kills more people each year than drunk driving. The most alarming fact is that the only way to detect if your home is at risk, is with radon testing. We protect our homes and health with many precautions, so it is a poor choice to go without radon testing for your home.

Radon may even come from the materials used to construct your home. The most common source of radon gas is through the soil beneath your home. This dangerous vapor creeps its way through your basement or foundation and into your home. Because this gas is odorless and colorless, radon testing is the only for sure way to detect whether or not it is present in your home.

Hire a Professional for Radon Testing and Mitigation

There are many general laborers and contractors out there that will offer radon testing and even mitigation, but you must be certain they are certified and know what they are doing. You are gambling with your health if you do not schedule radon testing, and you are still gambling if you do not hire a professional. What type of radon testing kit is best for your home? How long will it take for radon testing to be completed? What months are most appropriate for radon testing? These are just a few of the questions that a specialist should have no problem answering for you. Be sure to ask whoever you hire all of these questions, as they are all variables that need to be dealt with for the most accurate results when testing your New York home.

High Radon Levels in

Your radon testing results came back for your home and they show high levels of radon gas. This gas may be entering through your foundation, basement, or even your water supply, but no matter how the gas appeared, it needs to be removed. Radon removal is just as vital as radon testing. Know the gas is present is only half the battle. If your home has high levels, then a mitigation system is necessary. 4 pCi/L or greater is considered dangerous levels for your home and action is required. This has been made standard by the EPA, although if your levels are only slightly below, you may want to go ahead and get a mitigation system installed as well.

S.W.A.T. Environmental offers a free quote on installation of a mitigation system. As the nation’s leading mitigation company, you know we are trusted, and have all of the certifications relating to radon to properly install an air purification system for you. You have nothing to lose, and only your health to gain, so schedule radon testing today.

Friday, July 27, 2012 @ 07:07 PM
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The Danger of Radon in Water

Radon in Water New YorkRadon is a radioactive gas with no color, odor or taste. Like helium, it is a noble gas. Radon is created as a byproduct of the breakdown of radioactive elements like thorium and uranium commonly found underground all over the country. This process is known as the radioactive decay chain. Because radon itself also exhibits a high degree of radioactivity, exposure to it can be extremely harmful. Furthermore, radon in water is particularly dangerous due to its tendency to build up inside homes in the New York region. As the elements in the soil beneath a house decay and create radon, the gas can rise into the home through cracks and other abnormalities in the foundation. Inside the home, radon becomes trapped, usually below the third floor, and its levels continue to grow.

Perhaps an even more subtle source of radon gas contamination is from a home’s water supply. Radon can contaminate underground water sources, then enter the house through its plumbing. The gas then escapes from the water into the air whenever you use the water for any purpose, further increasing the levels of radon trapped inside your home.

Overview of Radon in Water

Radon is actually much more dangerous when it is airborne. Comparatively speaking, waterborne radon is not considered very risky, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Airborne radon is considered particularly dangerous, however, because it causes lung cancer, which has a survival rate past five years of only 15 percent. Unfortunately, radon in water can eventually become airborne. In fact, in some contaminated homes, this is the primary source of the air contamination.

The risk of developing cancer increases 100 to 10,000 times when a person is exposed to waterborne radon as opposed to other waterborne chemicals. Water containing radon is largely a threat because the radon escapes the water and becomes trapped in homes, thus becoming the more dangerous airborne radon. However, not all radon escapes from water, which leads to the ingestion of radon, increasing the risk of stomach cancer as well. More than 15,000 lung cancer deaths are caused by airborne radon each year in the United States, while approximately 170 cancer cases are caused by drinking water tainted with waterborne radon — 89 percent of them when radon escaping from water is inhaled, and 11 percent due to drinking the tainted water, resulting in the development of stomach cancer.

The presence of radon in water is treatable, but unfortunately many cases of contamination in the area go undetected due to a simple lack of testing. Have SWAT Environmental’s experts test your home’s radon levels regularly, and if your house is found to be contaminated have them install equipment to address the issue. Aeration systems and granular carbon filtration systems are two effective options to remove radon from water, according to the EPA. SWAT Environmental’s professionals can assess each case to determine how best to correct the problem.

Monday, July 2, 2012 @ 04:07 PM
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Protecting Your Home from Radon in New York

Radon Abatement Systems in NYDealing with radon gas poses a significant challenge for both owners and residents of real estate properties in and around . Because this gas is colorless and odorless, it can be very difficult to detect. Nonetheless, it can be very damaging to the health of individuals who are exposed to it. How this radioactive gas pollutes a closed structure is no longer a mystery. The uranium in the soil underneath the foundation of a home gradually breaks down, releasing radon gas as a side effect. Radon abatement is simply the process of dealing with this gas.

Professional Radon Abatement in

SWAT Environmental specializes in providing radon testing, reduction and eradication of the gas in this city, including surrounding areas such as Nassau, West Chester and Queen counties. SWAT’s specialists install high quality radon mitigation systems in homes that contain indoor radon levels at or above 4.0 picocuries per liter. According the Environmental Protection Agency, every home needs to be tested for radon gas at least once every two years. This is particularly vital in an area like that is particularly prone to radon contamination.

If you suspect that your home may contain unsafe levels of radon gas, you should immediately contact SWAT Environmental to have a radon abatement expert test for its presence. A preliminary test that takes about 48 hours is typically conducted to determine whether any danger exists. A more advanced procedure may then need to be performed depending on the type of foundation beneath the home. Most radon-contaminated homes must then undergo sub-slab depressurization to ensure that the families living in them are protected.

During sub-slab depressurization — also known as sub-slab suction — a pipe attached to a specialized ventilation fan is made to run through the slab to reach the ground beneath the foundation. The vent fan draws gas in to release it outside, bypassing the interior of the home. Another slight variation in procedure is used for homes that are fairly new. Here, air pressure variation acts as the impetus for the system instead of vent fans used in the earlier version. Different types of houses will require different types of radon abatement systems; SWAT’s experts can determine which will work best in your house.

Consequences of Avoiding Radon Abatement

Radon gas from beneath the ground brings with it a host of radioactive particles when it decays; they can easily become trapped in human lungs. These radioactive particles, once they are inhaled, can easily damage the lung tissue. Property owners in who are unsure whether their property contains a high level of radon should have testing performed to make sure that their property does not become one of the homes that claim almost 21,000 lives in the United States due to radon-caused lung cancer each year.