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Thursday, April 11, 2013 @ 03:04 PM
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Wilmington Radon Mitigation Problems

HUD Wilmington Radon MitigationIf you missed the recent update last month from S.W.A.T. Environmental, HUD is requiring certain regulations in regard to radon gas in homes in the Wilmington area. All multi-family home in the Wilmington area, and the rest of the United States, are required to have a radon test in every unit if they are financed through HUD. If test results show high levels of results, then further action is required in order to make sure that every unit is safe through Wilmington radon mitigation.

Now that you know the requirements that you are about to face, it is important to know the process you are about to go through with your Wilmington home. The first step you will have to face throughout all of this is having a radon test committed on your home. There are two types of tests you can choose to use. The first type of test is a short term test and it will provide fast results, but less accurate than a long term test. The long term test may take as long as several months, but will provide more accurate results. During the testing period it is important to keep your doors and windows closed as much as possible in order to ensure that you will receive the most accurate results.

If your tests show high levels of radon gas, then you will know that Wilmington radon mitigation will be necessary to your home. The reason that testing is so important is that testing will provide you with accurate results. There is no way of determining whether or not your home has high levels of gas without this. This gas cannot be seen or smelled, but testing will provide you with the peace of mind knowing whether or not you need Wilmington radon mitigation.

The Wilmington Radon Mitigation Process

The Wilmington radon mitigation process should begin the moment that you receive high test results. You will need a certified radon specialist to handle the mitigation process. S.W.A.T. Environmental has the years of experience, and certifications needed to properly remove radon gas from your Wilmington home, and keep it compliant with all HUD regulations. Be sure that you contact a local representative at S.W.A.T. Environmental for a free quote on all that can be done to your home to reduce the radon gas levels by as much as 99%.

The reason Wilmington radon mitigation has become such a regulation, and concern for many in Wilmington is through having so many national deaths. This gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer, making it a serious threat and concern for all. We need to be proactive with this gas in order to properly handle it, and ensure that our Wilmington homes are safe and compliant with HUD. Contact a representative with S.W.A.T. Environmental if your multi-family home shows high levels of radon gas in any of its units.

Thursday, March 7, 2013 @ 04:03 PM
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Radon Lung Cancer in Wilmington

Radon Lung CancerWilmington, DE is a great place to live, but many are not aware of the health concerns with their home. If you live in a multifamily home, it is quite possible that you could be living with a serious health threat. Radon gas is known to be the second leading cause of lung cancer, and more importantly, destroy families and lives. In order to protect your Wilmington, DE home, you need a radon test, and air purification system installed if your tests show high levels of gas to reduce radon lung cancer.

If you live in a multifamily home in Wilmington, DE then we know what you are going through. Often landlords do not always hold up to their end of the deal in regard to providing the necessary services for radon mitigation, or other needed maintenance that is important for your health and safety. It can be frustrated as you pay your rent each month, but to no avail. Now all of this has changed as the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has created a regulatory system that should help improve the safety of many homes in Wilmington.

The new system is part of actions taken under a larger group called the Federal Healthy Homes Work Group. This group is made up of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the Environmental Protection Agency. All of these great organizations are combining to make a dramatic change in the lives of those who are subject to high levels of radon gas.

The Threat of Radon Lung Cancer for Wilmington Residents

Radon gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer, and is also responsible for 21,000 deaths each year. These statistics should cause many to take extra care in inspecting their home in Wilmington, but often a radon test is not completed. Radon seeps up from the ground, through the foundation and into your home. Another way this gas may enter is through the water supply. As it enters, it will only build up in concentration, and even further impact the health of all of those living under the roof. Multifamily dwellings are often subject to this more than others as the need for radon mitigation in the entire home is overwhelming, but the landlord may or may not install a mitigation system for each of the tenants.

New regulations put into place by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will ensure that all multifamily homes that are financed through HUD will be required to have a radon test conducted. All Wilmington, DE multifamily homes will need to have a mitigation system installed if their radon tests returns high levels of radon gas. This will reduce radon lung cancer. The American Lung Association and every tenant of a multifamily home should celebrate in Wilmington, DE as this new regulation will provide safety everyone deserves.

Thursday, February 7, 2013 @ 03:02 PM
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Radon Mitigation in Schools for Wilmington, DE

Radon Mitigation in Schools in WilmingtonRadon mitigation in schools is becoming the new hot topic discussed by politicians. In Wilmington, DE, radon mitigation in schools would mean reducing the levels of radon gas our children, teachers, and faculty are exposed to on a daily basis. This sounds like an easy decision for all politicians to vote on, but unfortunately, no bill has been passed yet. Your support is needed in order for a bill for radon mitigation in schools to be passed.

First, radon is a gas that is known to cause lung cancer. It is odorless, colorless, and essentially undetectable without a test. If you want to ensure your Wilmington school is a safe place then radon testing is the only way you will be able to determine whether or not radon mitigation is necessary. Radon gas forms from uranium breaking down in the soil beneath and around Wilmington schools. As radon forms, it is in a dense, gas state, allowing it to seep its way into homes through the smallest of spaces in foundations, and other areas. As this gas enters school buildings and classrooms, it builds up in density, creating a dangerous level of cancerous gas in your Wilmington school.

Dangers Without Radon Mitigation in Schools in Wilmington

To put it in perspective, over 20,000 people die from radon gas each and every year. It is now calculated that more than one out of seven people diagnosed with lung cancer have experienced lung cancer because of radon gas. This means that even if you do not smoke a single cigarette, you may still face the same consequences due to radon.

Studies are now reporting that one out of five schools has at least one classroom with above normal levels of radon gas. This means that one out of five schools pose a threat to all students, teachers, and faculty alike. This equates to more than 70,000 schools across the nation being at risk without the help of radon mitigation in schools.

Radon mitigation in schools in Wilmington can reduce the levels of radon gas by fanning out the gas, and replacing it with fresh, clean air. The mitigation system provides the protection our students, teachers, and faculty need in order to be assured that their Wilmington school is a safe learning environment. Our children are the future of the nation, and it is time we invest in their health and education.

If a bill is passed to provide grant funding for both radon testing and radon mitigation in schools, we will be able to provide the safe learning environment everyone needs, while not sacrificing the resources to provide an excellent education. There is currently a bill in the works from a congressman in Iowa, but it will not pass without your help. Contact your local school, politicians, and school board members, and help us get a bill to provide a safe learning environment through radon mitigation in schools in Wilmington, DE.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013 @ 08:01 PM
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Wilmington, DE and Radon Action Month

National Radon Awareness Month WilmingtonWilmington, DE residents should go ahead and start preparing for their action during radon action month. Radon action month is this January, and is the perfect time to take some form of action against radon gas in the Wilmington community. Whether your action is simply furthering your radon knowledge, installing a radon mitigation system, testing your home, or being an advocate will make a huge impact in the health of you, your family, and other members of the Wilmington community.

Radon Action Month in Wilmington

The first action that can be done is simply taking the time to educate yourself. Radon affects one out of every fifteen homes across the United States. Any home could be in danger. Radon kills roughly 20,000 each year, meaning that if you do not take action, and let radon action month pass you by, you run the risk of death for your friends and family.

Radon enters your home through a variety of ways. The most common way is through your foundation. You might not think about it, but because this substance is a gas, it can enter through the smallest of areas. Radon forms in your soil through broken down uranium, which is a naturally occurring process. Even though this process is naturally occurring, it is very dangerous as radon is radioactive, and proven to cause cancer.

You may also take this month to test your home. Another commonly unknown fact is that radon is odorless and colorless, so the only way you will know if it is even present is through testing. Testing allows you to know your threat or risk level of your home, and lets you know if further action is required during radon action month. Once you know your levels, you have accomplished half the battle. If your levels are not high, you do not need to take further action, and only need to retest in a year or two later.

Radon action month is a great time to have a mitigation system installed in your Wilmington home. As you know, if you have high levels of radon, the only way that you can reduce your levels is through a mitigation system. S.W.A.T. Environmental is the nation’s most trusted brand, and has decades of experience. We can provide the mitigation your Wilmington home needs this radon action month.

If you already have a mitigation system installed, you can become an advocate for radon awareness during radon action month. Imagine saving a life through simply informing your neighbor of the dangers of this gas, and what can be done to reduce their risk of cancer. So many people would have their Wilmington home tested, and a mitigation system installed if they simply knew the dangers. Take action during radon action month, and help us reduce the deaths due to radon gas in Wilmington, Delaware.

Friday, November 30, 2012 @ 08:11 PM
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Radon Gas Mitigation Prevents Lung Cancer in Wilmington

Delaware Radon Gas MitigationLung cancer is often thought to be a cancer given only to those who smoke, or receive heavy amounts of secondhand smoke. While this normally holds true, it quickly is becoming a false statement as more and more cases of lung cancer are diagnosed in Wilmington, DE due to terrible radon gas. Radon gas is naturally occurring in the soil beneath your Wilmington home, and is odorless and colorless, meaning a radon test is the only way to detect it. Radon gas mitigation systems may help prevent lung cancer as they remove this horrible gas from your home.

Imagine going through your whole entire life without ever lighting up a cigarette. We assume that lung cancer is out of the question, and that we are safe from cancer. New studies have shown that 16% of all lung cancer cases are due to radon gas, which has equated to in excess of 20,000 annual deaths nationally. Many doctors are now stating that radon gas is one of the top ten causes of cancer, and putting it on high alert.

Radon Gas Mitigation Process in Wilmington, DE

Now that you know the major concerns with radon gas in Wilmington, you need to know how it forms. Radon gas forms through the breaking down of Uranium in the soil beneath or around your Wilmington home. This is a naturally occurring process, but the concern is that too much of this radon gas gets vacuumed sucked into your home. Once in your home, the concentrations of radon gas become dangerous. Radon gas is radioactive. Unlike other chemicals which the jury is still out on the actual long term health risks, we know radiation causes cancer, and therefore in addition to studies and research, it is common knowledge that this gas causes cancer.

To begin the radon gas mitigation process for your Wilmington home, a professional should test your home, and pinpoint the entry point of any radon gas. Your home may not have radon gas, and therefore only an air purification system would be needed if you would like to have a preventative measure. If your home has levels of radon gas, there is a custom solution that one of our professionals will be able to design and install on your home. We specialize in having systems that are not as visible or large as other companies as to not to hurt the aesthetics of your home.

Our radon gas mitigation process may reduce your levels of radon gas by as much as 99%. With a home that has little to no radon gas, you will be able to breathe clean, fresh air and know that you are not at an increased risk of lung cancer. Do not let this health concern fall by the wayside, and protect your family, and yourself, from unintentionally being diagnosed with lung cancer.

Friday, October 26, 2012 @ 02:10 PM
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Air Quality Index in Wilmington, Delaware

Wilmington Indoor Air QualityYou may have already noticed the changes to the air quality when you step outside you Wilmington, DE home. Shortness of breath, tightness in your chest, irritation, and increased risk of infections are just a handful of the short term dangers associated with poor air quality in Wilmington. Did you know that long term permanent damage may also occur, causing permanent lung function loss?

The risks and health effects I am talking about often come from four main causes. Particle pollution, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, and ground level ozone layer are all good indicators of the air quality in Wilmington. These indicators comprise a thorough scale commonly known as the Air Quality Index. This index was created by the EPA to ensure clean air as deemed by the Clean Air Act.

There are two other threats that are still being evaluated, and may eventually be added to the index. The first is nitrogen dioxide. Although additional research needs to be completed, I would not be shocked if elevated levels of nitrogen dioxide were concluded to cause some of the mentioned health effects as associated with other harmful air contaminants. The other is radon gas. Radon gas has actually already been found to cause lung cancer and death in over 20,000 people each year. You may be wondering why radon gas has not been included in the air quality index, but part of this is because radon may occur nearly anywhere, and be located right beneath your home. Deeming a large portion of land safe, with high air quality, may not be completely accurate if there is radon intruding an individual home in that given area.

Breaking Down the Air Quality Index in Wilmington

Wilmington residents need to be educated and up to date on the air quality index. The scale of the air quality index ranges from 0 to 500, but anything at a level above 50 is harmful to your health. There are several occurrences in excess of 200 nationwide each year, and there have even been levels recorded well above 300. Now, I know these numbers may not mean much, so let me break down the scale in which the EPA ranks air quality.

Anything between 0 and 50 is considered normal and safe, with anything above 300 being deemed as hazardous and dangerous to anyone located in the area. Levels of 50 to 100 indicate moderately risky areas, and 100 to 150 indicates unhealthy for many groups. This scale increases with 150 to 200 being dangerous point of everyone experiencing some type of health effect, and only increases for the level of 200-300. Wilmington residents should keep a close eye on the air quality index, as this number may vary from day to day, alerting you of whether or not you should spend extended time outdoors. Installing an air purification system can reduce radon gas levels by up to 99% and help with other contaminants as well. Contact us today to learn more about how an air purification system can protect you and your family.

Thursday, September 20, 2012 @ 03:09 PM
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S.W.A.T. Environmental is One of the Fastest Growing Companies

Inc. 5000 Radon Mitigation Company Wilmington, DEINC.com, a reputable source for all things business, has just released their list of the fastest growing companies in the United States. Among the list, is Wilmington, Delaware’s own S.W.A.T. Environmental. This is the first time a radon mitigation company has made this list, and I believe it speaks volumes the knowledge that has been spread about the dangers of radon gas. Adding sixty five employees over the past three years, S.W.A.T. Environmental has grown tremendously given this troubled economy. What started as a small company, has now expanded over twenty six states, providing quality radon mitigation services to those in need.

We would like to thank all of our loyal customers for making this possible. We appreciate your business, and it has been our pleasure to provide award winning radon mitigation service to your Delaware homes. We look forward to helping you with any future concerns you may have with your radon mitigation system, and hope that you spread the word to your Wilmington neighbors about the dangerous health risks of radon gas.

The Growing Need for Radon Mitigation

Radon was first discovered as a radioactive gas in 1900 by Friedrich Dorn. Over a century later, it has become common knowledge that radioactive material is not good for your health, but many are still unaware of the numerous deaths caused by radon gas. The EPA has proven that it is a fact that radon gas causes lung cancer. Over twenty thousand deaths are recorded each year due to radon gas. This is an astounding number, and really hits home to us, as we know just how easy these deaths could have been avoided. With a properly installed radon mitigation system for your Wilmington home, your radon levels may be reduced by up to ninety nine percent.

Radon typically forms from the breakdown of other radioactive elements. You may be thinking to yourself that you should not have to worry, and that you live far away from any known radioactive materials. This may not be the case. Often these radioactive elements are beneath your Wilmington home, in the soil. As these harmful elements break down, they form radon gas, which can seep through your foundation, and into your Wilmington home. Calling an expert radon mitigation company should reduce the levels of radon, and any worry you may have.

The S.W.A.T. Environmental Difference

Many radon mitigation companies may try to be pushy with your potential purchase of a radon mitigation system. Here at S.W.A.T. Environmental, we think differently. We treat all potential customers as individuals, and we take the time to properly educate you on radon gas, and the radon mitigation process. With all the certification, and years of experience, we can find a solution for your unique radon gas problem. Your life is at stake, so choose the radon mitigation company the nation trusts.

Thursday, August 30, 2012 @ 08:08 PM
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Why Wilmington Residents Need Radon Testing

Radon Testing Wilmington DelawareYou may have heard of radon gas before, but you are probably not aware of all of its health effects. Did you know that some homes have been discovered to have enough radon to increase your risk of lung cancer to the equivalent of smoking 135 packs of cigarettes per day? Radon is one of the most dense gases, and is radioactive. Radon is so radioactive that scientists’ studies have been limited. The long and short of it is, is that if your Wilmington home does not have radon testing, you may be putting yourself at a great risk of lung cancer.

You may not think that radon testing is necessary in the Wilmington area, but you are at a great risk of lung cancer without testing. Roughly one out of fifteen homes have high levels of this dangerous gas. Radon testing gives Wilmington residents the measurement of their levels to make an informed decision as to whether or not a mitigation system needs to be installed. Generally speaking, a rule of thumb is that anything above 4 pCi/L is considered above the allowable level and an air purification system will be necessary. Often homes have levels of above 20 pCi/L which is way above the level for your family to be safe.

Radon Testing Information for Wilmington, DE

Your Wilmington home’s safety should not be left up to anyone. Ensure that the radon testing specialist is able to answer all of the necessary questions about your home. Is short term or long term radon testing best for your Wilmington home? What months are best for radon testing your Wilmington home? Having a specialist provide you with information may be detrimental as to whether or not you have accurate readings for your radon testing.

Once you receive your radon testing results, you will have a better grasp as to if you need a mitigation system installed. It is likely that you will have levels of above 4.0 pCi/L and need an air purification system installed. Do not panic, simply call the experts at S.W.A.T. Environmental. Providing quality mitigation service since 1988, S.W.A.T. Environmental has the experience, certifications, and knowledge to properly reduce the levels in your home, and allow you to breathe easy again.

Commercial Radon Testing in Wilmington

As a business owner in Wilmington, Delaware, you may be spending the majority of your time at your office. If your office is contaminated with radon, you may still be putting yourself at a great risk. Over twenty thousand people die every single year because of radon gas. Commercial radon testing will provide you and your employees with the knowledge as to whether or not you are inhaling this dangerous gas. If your business does have high levels of gas, call S.W.A.T. Environmental for a free quote, and start breathing clean air again in no time.

Friday, July 27, 2012 @ 02:07 PM
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Is Radon in Water a Concern in Wilmington, Delaware?

Radon in Water WilmingtonIf you live in Wilmington, Delaware, you are most likely concerned about the quality of the water and air in your home. One of the most dangerous potential contaminants that you should be monitoring is radon, which can infect the water supply in a house.

Radon is a gas that is odorless, colorless and radioactive. It is created when radium decays, and it can be found in the soil and water in many parts of the country. In fact, private wells are more at risk for radon contamination than soil deposits near the surface, so they should be inspected regularly. In sufficient concentrations, radon is a known carcinogen; it is especially likely to cause cancer of the lungs when a person inhales the radon in water that escapes from a house’s water supply into the air.

Radon in Water and Its Risks

Radon in water may get into the air from contaminated water during activities like showering, washing clothes and other ordinary water-related tasks. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recommends maintaining standards for radon in water of up to 300 pCi/L for public water supplies, according to the Safe Drinking Water Act. However, many have found radon levels in their own water supplies far above this level — especially in homes that are supplied by private wells.

Wilmington is in New Castle County; recent testing shows that the average indoor radon levels in the air in this county are 2.7 pCi/L. This is below the accepted safety cutoff of 4.0 pCi/L, according to the EPA. However, studies of the radon levels in a selection of homes and apartments in Wilmington have shown that about 10 percent of them do contain potentially dangerous radon levels. To make sure that this does not happen to you, be sure to have your home tested if you live in this area.

How Can Radon in Water be Removed from Your House?

Radon in your home could come from either the ground around the house or from the water supplied to it. If you are worried about radon, especially if you own a well, you should have SWAT Environmental test both the air and the water. A different type of test will be required for each.

Radon is not usually a problem from a public water system due to the fact that the water there is treated and processed so that any radon that may exist is released into the air through the processing plant’s aeration system — although there can be exceptions. Private wells, however, can often be contaminated with radon.

Radon in water can be removed through a variety of mitigation processes; SWAT Environmental’s radon experts can determine which is best for your situation. Possible options to protect your home include the installation of specialized aeration systems or granular activated carbon (GAC) filtration systems. Do not attempt to deal with waterborne radon on your own; the risk to your health and that of your family is too high.

What is Radon Abatement?

Radon Abatement in DelawareMany households in the Wilmington, Delaware region are at risk for radon contamination. Radon is a radioactive, naturally occurring gas that seeps up from the bedrock. It generally enters a house through its foundation and sometimes through its well water. Exposure to radon gas puts members of the household at a significantly elevated risk for lung cancer, so the issue should not be taken lightly.

Radon abatement from SWAT Environmental is a general term for the process of lowering interior levels of radon gas. First, the home should be tested for radon gas; since it has no odor or color, you cannot detect it on your own. Home radon gas tests are available at most hardware and home supply stores. The radon test kit should be set up on the lowest accessible point in the home, generally in the basement or the crawl space. Before the test, all windows, vents and doors in the test area should be closed for at least 24 hours.

When Radon Abatement Is Needed

You should contact SWAT Environmental immediately if you learn that your home contains unsafe levels of radon gas. There are several ways that their experts can eliminate radon from a home or at least greatly reduce its levels. For example, one common type of radon abatement is active soil pressurization, in which a suction device pulls contaminated air from the soil under the house. After the home is sealed, the contractors run a pipe into the floor of the basement and run it out to the roof. They will also install a specialized fan, either in the garage or the attic, that will then draw air from under the house, preventing the gas from getting inside.

If necessary, the SWAT Environmental contractor can also install a heat recovery ventilator, or HRV. This system brings more fresh air into the house, which dilutes the amount of radon it contains. Though all the rooms in the home can be treated this way, most contractors do so only for the basement except in specific situations. Another benefit of HRV is that it lowers the pollution level of the home in general. The drawback, of course, is that it can significantly increase energy bills.

The Need for a Radon Abatement Professional

You may well wonder whether the radon abatement process is something you can handle yourself — especially if you are used to performing a significant number of do-it-yourself projects around the home. However, considering how serious the health consequences of radon exposure are, it is best to hire specialists from SWAT Environmental to handle this particular problem. They will be licensed, experienced and familiar the unique issues that impact radon abatement in the Wilmington area. After the radon abatement process is completed, make sure you continue to monitor your home’s radon gas levels to ensure that no new problems arise that could put your family at risk.