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Monday, April 29, 2013 @ 01:04 PM
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Waukesha Radon Mitigation Regulations

HUD Waukesha Radon MitigationIf you have been keeping up with the news lately, then you have probably heard about the recent regulations requiring Waukesha radon mitigation to many homes. The regulations come from HUD. HUD has made it mandatory that every multi-family home financed through them must have a radon test. Every unit must be tested to ensure that the area is safe for all tenants. If a test returns high levels of gas, Waukesha radon mitigation will be necessary.

In order to protect your home, you must first realize the extent this gas has taken our health. This gas is responsible for more than 20,000 deaths each year. This is more than drunk driving. Additionally, this gas is responsible for approximately one out of every seven cases of lung cancer. As lung cancer is a health concern that builds up over time, this gas is known as the silent killer, and without proper treatment can effect the lives of many.

The Waukesha Radon Mitigation Answer

If you are like many residents of Waukesha, then now is the time you must search for an answer for radon mitigation. It is obvious that if you have a multi-family home that you must at least test in order to stay in line with the regulations. There are two types of tests that can be done. A short term test will provide results in as little as two to nine days, while a long term test may take a while longer. While the long term test may take several months, it will boast more accurate results. Be sure to keep your doors and windows closed as much as possible throughout this entire process. With your doors and windows closed, you will get a better reading from your test, and know for certain whether or not Waukesha radon mitigation is truly needed.

Now that you know for certain whether or not any units are affected by this gas, you will be able to have a radon mitigation company properly treat your Waukesha multi-family home. S.W.A.T. Environmental is local to the Waukesha area, and is the nation’s most trusted radon mitigation company. We have decades of experience in the industry, and will be able to properly reduce your levels of radon gas.

We begin by pinpointing the exact location of entry for the radon gas. As this location is pinpointed, we will be able to provide a more accurate and targeted results by installing the radon mitigation system in this area. We specialize in low visibility systems, so you will hardly even notice your Waukesha radon mitigation system is installed. All of our professionals are properly trained and certified to provide the most effective results in a timely manner. Contact us today for a free quote on Waukesha radon mitigation. You have nothing to lose. Keep up with the HUD regulations, and make your home a safe place for all.

Friday, March 8, 2013 @ 04:03 PM
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Radon Lung Cancer for Waukesha, WI

Radon Lung CancerIf you have ever rented a home in Waukesha, WI, then you probably know the gray area of the lease agreement. When your rental property has something that needs maintenance or repair, we do not always have the clarity of how long it should take for something to be repaired, and whether or not it is covered in the lease. What about when it comes to radon lung cancer? Chances are you have not discussed with your Waukesha landlord whether or not there will be a mitigation system installed, or radon tests, but with new regulation, this all may be provided.

A multi-family home in Waukesha, or the rest of the United States, must have a radon test if it is financed through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development according to new regulation. This is a huge step forward, but also a mitigation system will be required for all multi-family homes that are financed through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD, if they have high levels of radon gas.

The important part about testing for this gas is that it cannot be seen or smelled. Due to its secretive nature, the only way you will be able to determine whether or not your Waukesha home is threatened is with a test. It is important to have a short term and a long term test. Short term tests provide an initial idea of whether or not your home is threatened, and a long term test will provide you with the most accurate reading.

Cures for Radon Lung Cancer in Waukesha

Mitigation systems can help reduce the level of radon gas, and in turn, reduce the number of radon lung cancer in America. A radon reduction system can help reduce the levels by as much as 99%. It is important to know that the mitigation system not only reduces radon gas, but it can also improve health through having a increased level of ventilation, and a decrease in the amount of moisture. Together these two aspects will make a huge impact of the health of many, in addition to the reduction in radon lung cancer. The American Lung Association is very pleased with these efforts from HUD, and realizes the huge impact that will be made.

HUD has made giant strides to improving the safety of homes, and the health of those in them, but they are not the only ones doing their part. HUD, the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Serves, and the Environmental Protection Agency are all working together as the Federal Healthy Homes Work Group to improve the safety of homes in America. S.W.A.T. Environmental is glad to see so many like-minded organizations as we place a high value on home safety, and the health of everyone in Waukesha. Let us provide mitigation for your multi-family home, and help reduce radon lung cancer.

Thursday, February 7, 2013 @ 08:02 PM
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Why Radon Mitigation in Schools in Waukesha is Needed

Radon Mitigation in Schools in WaukeshaNo matter what your stance is on gun control, we all can agree that schools should be a safe place. If we want to grow our nation’s economy, we must focus on education. Every facet of the education system must be secure from the national level down to the local level in Waukesha, WI. If we want to promise ourselves a brighter future, we need to invest in our students, teachers, and faculty members. Currently, there is an issue with health and safety of our public school system in Waukesha, WI and across the entire nation. Radon gas has been found in a large number of schools, meaning possible lung cancer for all those involved.

Radon gas kills 20,000 people each and every single year in the form of lung cancer. Radon is now responsible for one out of every seven cases of lung cancer. The sad part about this is that we could reduce the number of lung cancer cases by 15% by simply installing mitigation systems in every place that needed it. Schools are no different in Waukesha. Approximately one out of every five schools has high levels of radon gas, which means that we could make a huge impact with radon mitigation in schools. Radon mitigation in schools can reduce the levels of radon gas by as much as 99%. With an estimated 70,000 schools effected nationwide, we need to do all we can to help protect these students, teachers, and faculty members.

Radon gas forms in the soil in Waukesha. The gas comes from a chemical commonly known as uranium breaking down. This is all a natural process meaning it cannot be avoided, and you are simply subject to the concentration of uranium in your soil. Regardless of the amount of uranium, S.W.A.T. Environmental has the knowledge, certifications, and experience to dramatically reduce these levels with radon mitigation in schools.

Radon Mitigation in Schools for Waukesha

A bill is being proposed by a member of congress which could greatly help the Waukesha, WI area. If passed, this bill will provide a series of grants that can effectively reduce the radon levels in all of our schools. Grant funding would be dispersed to all schools to simply test to find out whether or not they are being affected by this gas. As results were returned, additional funding for radon mitigation in schools would be provided to schools which have high levels of radon gas.

The good thing about this bill is that money is only being spent if a school truly needs testing or mitigation. Additionally, Waukesha residents do not have to worry about budget cuts, as this funding comes from a separate grant. Although the threat seems serious, and this bill seems logical, it will need your help in order to ensure radon levels will be reduced. Contact a Waukesha school board member, and urge them to help support radon mitigation in schools.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013 @ 09:01 PM
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Waukesha, WI Plans Radon Action Month

Radon Action Month WisconsinIf you live in Waukesha, you may remember the thousands of people who did the right thing last year by contacting S.W.A.T. Environmental last radon action month. Radon action month occurs every January and is the time of the year when people from across the nation take action and control of their Waukesha home by taking a stand against radon gas.

As you may know, radon gas is a deadly gas that forms naturally in the soil beneath your home. As the gas develops, it may build up in concentration and force its way into your Waukesha home through the foundation. It may also enter your groundwater, and enter your Waukesha home through the water supply. Even the materials used to construct your home may be made of radon gas, meaning that there is a good chance that your home is in danger.

Radon gas kills in excess of 20,000 each year, meaning that there is a serious threat to your health. According to recent studies, 15% of all lung cancer cases are caused by radon gas, not cigarettes. This is a shocking statistic that properly sheds light on the true dangers of radon gas, and how you should protect your Waukesha home. There is a lot that can be done, but your time is limited. Act now during radon action month in order to make your home safe from radon gas.

What Waukesha Residents can do in Radon Action Month

Radon action month is a pivotal time for Waukesha residents to take action. If you are planning to protect your Waukesha home, the first thing you must do is take a test to determine what your levels are. Many people across the United States are unaware what their gas levels are. Radon is invisible and odorless, so it is not like you will be able to tell if it is there. Once you have your test results, you will be able to make an informed decision as to whether or not further action is required for your home. If your levels are low, no action is required, and you will only need to schedule a test in a year or two to ensure nothing has changed.

If your levels are high, radon action month is the best time to contact S.W.A.T. Environmental for a free quote on a new mitigation system. Contacting a professional at S.W.A.T. Environmental is the first step in making your Waukesha home radon free. We have the experience, knowledge, and certifications to properly install a mitigation system that can dramatically reduce your levels. If you need a mitigation system, do not hesitate, or put the health of your family off any longer. We offer affordable mitigation solutions, and always will provide you with a quote free of charge. Call S.W.A.T. Environmental this radon action month, and start breathing easier today.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012 @ 04:12 PM
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Waukesha, WI Concerns of Lung Cancer

Radon Gas Mitigation in Waukesha, WisconsinWaukesha, Wisconsin is a great place to raise a family, but you may want to think twice about your home safety. I am not referring to fires, or pools without fences. I am actually referring to radon gas. Did you know that radon gas makes up 16% of all lung cancer cases? We always associate lung cancer with smoking cigarettes, or even secondhand smoke, but now if you meet someone with lung cancer, there is greater than a one out of seven chance that he or she never even smoked a cigarette. Because of the high risk associated with radon gas, it makes perfect sense why the EPA is all over encouraging families in the Waukesha area to have their homes tested for radon gas.

To reiterate the point about radon, did you know that 20,000 people perish each year because of radon gas? If this number is not astounding to you, did you know that more people die from radon gas than drunk driving? One out of every fifteen homes has elevated levels of radon which need to be treated. You can take action for your family’s sake, and protect them from lung cancer with a radon gas mitigation system.

Radon Gas Mitigation in Waukesha

To greater understand the need for radon gas mitigation, one must first learn how radon gas forms. In the soil beneath your home, uranium is present. As uranium naturally breaks down, it forms the compounds of radon gas. Radon is radioactive, and in its gaseous form, it may enter your home in a variety of ways. As you may know, gases can enter the smallest of cracks. What this means is that radon may seep through your foundation, or basement, and into your Waukesha home.

Another way that radon gas may enter your home is through the water supply. Even if your home is not atop of uranium, if uranium is near the water supply for your county, your home may be in the same state. As the radon forms, it enters the water supply, and eventually your home. Shockingly enough, radon may also have infested building materials. Although it is rare, radon has been known to infect the materials used to construct your Waukesha, WI home.

Calling an expert for professional radon gas mitigation in Waukesha is a no brainer. Your health, and your family’s health should be of the utmost importance to you. If you want to ensure that your family is breathing clean air, and that they are reducing their risk of lung cancer, then a radon gas mitigation system is for you. Radon gas mitigation systems can reduce the levels of radon gas by as much as 99% in your home. S.W.A.T. Environmental has decades of experience treating homes, and can provide the radon gas mitigation that your Waukesha home needs. Call us today for a free quote.

Friday, October 26, 2012 @ 08:10 PM
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Poor Air Quality in Waukesha, WI

Wisconsin Indoor Air QualityWaukesha residents need to take action during the month of October. October is the month of national air quality awareness. Air quality is the reason for over three million deaths each year. Waukesha, WI residents can protect themselves by taking action, and calling your local S.W.A.T. Environmental to handle all of you air quality needs.

In order to understand air quality, let us take a look at where this threat comes from. For many residents across America, the threat of indoor air quality comes from radon gas. Radon gas can seep into your home through a variety of ways. One fact many people may not know is that occasionally building materials actually give off radon gas. Soil and water supply are two of the main routes of entry for Waukesha, WI homes. Radon gas is radioactive, meaning that lung cancer and other health risks have been associated with it.

Outdoor Air Quality Sources

Outdoor air pollutants come in several forms. The four most important forms to the EPA are ground level ozone, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, and particle pollution. The sources of these pollutants are forest fires, burning oil or coal, power plants, vehicle pollution(both from emissions, and the particles that are turned up from vehicles), residential burnings, other forms of burnings, and several other sources.

The EPA is so concerned about these four sources of pollutants for Waukesha residents that the EPA has actually created a scale to report the levels of these pollutants. The scale is known as the air quality index, and reports on a scale from 0 to 500. The scale reports only a score of 0 to 50 as being safe for Waukesha residents to breath. 50 to 100 indicates some health risks. The health risks increase with scale, with anything above 200 being very unhealthy, and above 300 being denoted as hazardous.

Waukesha’s Air Quality

It may shock you to know that at the current moment, not all areas of the United States have safe levels on the air quality index. Known as one of the most advanced countries, our fast production of good and services reaps poor outdoor air quality. Although many of this pollution cannot even be seen, the air quality index is a trusty guide to know what the outdoor air quality is like in the Waukesha area.

This month, Waukesha residents can protect themselves and their families by having a professional contractor install a radon mitigation system. Our radon mitigation systems have proven to reduce radon levels by up to 99% in Waukesha homes. With decades of experience, and the knowledge and certifications needed, we have what it takes to dramatically improve the air quality of your Waukesha, WI home. We always offer a free quote, and you can even call us on our toll free number, 1-800-NO-RADON. Do not delay any longer, and start living comfortably today.

Friday, September 21, 2012 @ 02:09 PM
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Radon Reduction Experts of Waukesha, WI Recognized

Inc. 5000 Waukesha Radon Reduction CompanyThis month, Inc Magazine released the list of the fastest growing companies in the United States. For the first time in history, a radon reduction company has made this list. Located right here in Waukesha, WI, S.W.A.T. Environmental has met the countries need for radon reduction, fulfilling over 10,000 installations last year alone. With in excess of 20,000 deaths each year because of radon gas, it is easy to see why our business has been booming.

What started out with only one radon specialist, has now grown to over 100 employees. We are currently on pace to exceed our revenues of last year with a set pace of $12 million in revenue. We continue to grow each and every day, as we have a passion for informing the nation of the dangers of radon gas, and reduce the risk of lung cancer for as many residents of Waukesha as possible.

We would like to give a big thanks for all the residents and business owners of Waukesha for helping us make our dream possible. Without all of you helping spread the word of radon gas and the dangers it causes, there is no way we could have helped so many families with radon reduction. We hope to continue to grow our relationship with the Waukesha, WI community, and keep providing the same level of service to all of you.

Radon Reduction Process in Waukesha

There are many radon reduction companies in the Waukesha area to choose from. It is important to select a company that you can trust, and has proven themselves with demonstrated results in the community. S.W.A.T. Environmental has been providing radon reduction since 1988, allowing us to perfect our methods. Did you know that if done correctly, we may reduce your vapor levels by up to 99%? Having a quality company complete your radon reduction makes all the difference in the world.

A test is the only way to determine the location that radon gas has entered your Waukesha home. A small portion of homes actually have radon gas seeping out of the materials used to build your home. The most common entry points are your water supply and your foundation or basement. The soil beneath your house may contain uranium, which when broken down will form radon gas. This can either seep into the water supply, or through your foundation and into your home. As a gas, radon can enter through the smallest of cracks.

Once we have discovered the source of the radon, we will be able to properly perform the appropriate radon reduction for your specific situation in your Waukesha home. We pride our company on having the least invasive procedures, so that you barely notice you even have a radon reduction system. Protect your family from the gas that claims over 20,000 lives each year, and contact us toll free for a free estimate on radon reduction on your Waukesha, WI home.

Friday, August 31, 2012 @ 01:08 PM
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Hire a Radon Testing Specialist in Waukesha, WI

Radon Testing Waukesha WisconsinWhat comes to mind when you hear the words “Radon Testing?” Many often feel guilty of not testing their home for this dangerous gas. Did you know that the EPA has deemed radon as a deadly and unacceptable gas for your home? If that does not make you realize the importance of radon testing, did you know that over 20,000 people die every year from radon in the form of lung cancer?

Radon testing should be conducted every two to five years as radon levels may fluctuate without a mitigation system installed. Released from the soil, radon seeps up into your foundation, and into your Waukesha home and bedroom. As you sleep at night, you could be inhaling radon with every breath. It is extremely important that you hire a specialist to complete radon testing of your home. Depending on your home, a long term or short term test may be the best answer. There are also many other decisions about radon testing that only an expert will be able to determine and answer for you. Many often call a general contractor, and after being frustrated with varying test results, and improperly installed mitigation systems, end up calling us to fix the damage.

Commercial Radon Testing in Waukesha

Whether you are an employee or business owner, you probably spend a great deal of time at your work. Most of us spend at least eight hours a day at the office, but we all know that it may be as many as sixty or eighty. Spending that much time at work and inhaling radon gas for those extended periods of times may be just as unhealthy as if radon is in your home. If you are a business owner in Waukesha, I highly encourage you to hire a specialist for commercial radon testing. If you are an employee in the Waukesha area, encourage your company to conduct commercial radon testing at your office. Similar to residential radon testing, it is important to hire a specialist who has been trained, certified, and is experienced in testing and mitigation of offices.

Radon Mitigation in Waukesha

Depending on your radon testing results, mitigation may be necessary. Do not risk your family’s health with a general contractor who thinks they know enough about radon. Always hire a radon contractor who is certified and experienced to handle your work. S.W.A.T. Environmental has mitigation specialists standing by to install an air purification system to allow you to start breathing clean air. If you already have your radon testing results, you are over halfway to making your home safe from lung cancer and other risks associated with radon. An air purification system may not be expensive as you think, and with a free quote, you have nothing to lose. Call 1-800-NO-RADON for your free quote. As the nation’s largest radon mitigation company, S.W.A.T. Environmental has the experience, and honest work reputation to get the job done. Have a specialist provide radon testing for your Waukesha home today.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012 @ 04:07 PM
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The Quiet Carcinogen of Waukesha, Wisconsin: Waterborne Radon

Radon in Water Waukesha, WIRadon is a radioactive gas — perhaps one of the last things you would worry about finding in your home’s water supply. The United States Environmental Protection Agency has estimated that radon in water is one of the leading causes of lung cancer in the country. The carcinogen can be found in both the air and the water of many homes across the United States. Radon that becomes waterborne is easily released into the air over time. The total number of cancer cases induced by radon exposure amounts to thousands per year; they primarily include stomach and lung cancer.

Why is Waterborne Radon Referred to as a “Natural Occurrence?”

Radon is a byproduct of uranium that is created as the element breaks down in soil over time. Traces of radon have been found throughout the homes of the United States at a national average of 1.3 pCi/L. Radon gas seeps gradually up out of the soil into homes and businesses, where it concentrates and is inhaled — even though it cannot be detected without specialized testing. Radon gas easily passes into public groundwater, the same water that is absorbed by your skin in showers and passes through your tap at home. This odorless and tasteless gas is in fact “naturally” produced, yet high concentrations of it have proven to be deadly.

Radon has been discovered in the water supply and indoor air of Waukesha, Wisconsin in alarming proportions. It is interesting to note that the Wisconsin Department of Health Services acknowledges that approximately 270 radioactive material licensed users are present within Wisconsin alone. It should be no coincidence, therefore, that they further describe the entire state of Wisconsin as containing elevated radon levels due to uranium breakdown. The Environmental Protection Agency has advised a guideline limit of 4.0 pCi/L on radon concentration in homes, although there is still no official radon regulation law in effect in the U.S. The current indoor radon levels in Waukesha County have been found as high as 6.3 pCi/L, which is nearly six times the national average. The highest concentration of radon found within a Waukesha county home was 190 pCi/L in 2009.

What Can You Do about Radon in Water

Since you will not be able to tell when your air or water contains radon, you should have your home tested for the substance regularly. Radon in water can be removed from a water supply, but the equipment required to do so be difficult to install. To ensure that your home is properly protected, you should rely on the radon abatement experts from SWAT Environmental. Special filters such as granular activated carbon or aeration devices will generally correct the problem if your home is found to contain waterborne radon.

While the EPA has recommended private homeowners to take action if they find airborne concentrations greater than 4.0 pCi/L in their home, the EPA advised three standard limits for radon in drinking water to Congress on July 3, 2012: 300 pCi/L, 1,000 pCi/L and 4,000 pCi/L. If your home is supplied by a private well, you should be particularly cautious about monitoring your water’s radon levels.

Friday, June 29, 2012 @ 03:06 PM
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Waukesha, WI Radon Abatement ServicesRadon is a gas that is created naturally in the environment from radioactive elements found in the soil. In the open air, the amount of radon present does not cause concern. However, the Environmental Protection Agency has set upper limits for radon exposure because, at sufficient indoor concentrations, inhaling radon gas can cause cancer. Radon can be found in the soil beneath and around houses and other structures. The gas seeps up into the structure through cracks and spaces in the foundation, becoming trapped inside. Contaminated well water can be another source of radon gas.

The Need for Radon Abatement in Waukesha

Radon abatement is the process of decreasing the levels of radon in a home or business. Which methods are necessary depends on the seriousness and source of the problem and the structure of the house. The radon gas issue is considered severe in the Waukesha area, which has been designated by the EPA as a “High Radon-Potential Zone.” When homes in the area were checked for the presence of radon gas, the results showed that over half of them contained higher levels of the gas than those recommended by the EPA. This makes radon abatement especially critical in Waukesha and the surrounding regions.

Radon abatement is important because the presence of radon can cause serious health problems. Breathing radon-contaminated air damages the lungs, and can even cause lung cancer. In fact, radon gas is considered the top cause of lung cancer among those who do not smoke.

Basic Methods of Radon Abatement in Waukesha

Ventilation is a key way to reduce radon levels. Unfortunately, simply opening the windows is far from sufficient to correct a serious radon gas problem. Therefore, if your house is found to contain dangerous radon levels, you should have SWAT Environmental’s radon specialists determine the best radon abatement systems to deal with your home’s issues. Often, this is accomplished through the use of specialized fans and heat exchangers that introduce outside air into the home, improving its circulation and reducing the amount of radon gas it contains. However, ventilation is often used in conjunction with other methods.

Since radon gas generally seeps up through the soil into the building, SWAT’s radon abatement professionals will likely also need to seal all openings and cracks around the foundation. In some cases, pressurization systems may also be necessary to keep radon gas from entering the structure.

If the radon gas is being introduced through the water system, it can be handled through a couple of different techniques. Filters or an aeration process can remove the radon gas before the water reaches the house. A device can also be installed on faucets to remove the gas as the water flows out of the tap.

Another method involves suctioning the gas from the soil itself to prevent it from getting inside. Suction methods include block-wall suctioning, sub-slab suctioning, sump-hole suctioning and perforated pipe suctioning. SWAT Environmental’s radon abatement experts can examine your home to determine which methods will be necessary to keep you and your family safe.