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Friday, April 12, 2013 @ 04:04 PM
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Bloomfield Radon Mitigation Regulations

HUD Bloomfield Radon MitigationAs you may be aware from the article we posted last week, it is now mandatory for all multi-family homes that are financed through HUD to have a radon test. This test must be conducted in all units of the Bloomfield, MI multi-family home to ensure that the entire area is safe. Additionally, all of these units will be required to have a Bloomfield radon mitigation system installed if they have high levels of gas.

To put things in perspective, the gas will kill about 20,000 people this year unless serious action is taken. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer. Like most lung diseases, the build of and effects take a long period of time before they are prevalent. For example, when someone smokes cigarettes, we do not immediately see them being diagnosed with cancer. Having a nationwide regulation that will affect so many homeowners, and so many more lives, is a powerful thing in the improvement in the safety with Bloomfield radon mitigation.

The Need for Bloomfield Radon Mitigation

Now that you know it is a regulation to have this gas contained and removed from your home through a mitigation system, it is best that we discuss the overall process that many multi-family home owners will face over the course of the next several months. The radon removal process does not have to be complicated. If this gas is in your home, all of your problems can easily be solved by calling S.W.A.T. Environmental.

The first step in removing this gas from your home is having a radon test completed. A test will be able to determine whether or not further action is required in your Bloomfield home. This gas cannot be seen or smelled, meaning that testing is the only for certain way that we are able to know whether or not this gas is in your home. The two types of tests you must choose between are a short term and a long term test. The short term test will provide quicker results, but the results may be slightly less accurate than those of a long term test. No matter what test you decide to do, it is important to keep your doors and windows closed for as much of the testing process as possible. This will generate much more accurate results.

If your test results show that your Bloomfield home are in need of further action, have no fear. The nation’s leading radon mitigation company is located just down the road. S.W.A.T. Environmental has the years of experience, and the ability to properly handle any Bloomfield radon mitigation situation. We always offer a free quote, and are capable of handling almost all radon situations. You have nothing to lose from calling, and we will be glad to provide you with any further information you may need. Stay up to date with regulations and call S.W.A.T. Environmental for Bloomfield radon mitigation today.

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Thursday, March 7, 2013 @ 07:03 PM
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Radon Lung Cancer Has Stronger Regulations

Radon Lung CancerThere has been a strong push from a group of organizations known as the Federal Healthy Home Works Group to improve the safety of homes in Bloomfield, MI and across America. The group is made up of the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. By combining forces this group of powerful organizations are able to pull resources and efforts together to make an exponentially larger impact.

Recently, there has been a strong push from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD, to improve the safety of homes in regard to radon gas. HUD has just recently made it mandatory for all multi-family homes financed through HUD to have a radon test. The test is necessary as this gas does not have a smell, and is invisible. In addition to testing, multi-family homes financed through HUD that test with high levels of this gas will be required to have a mitigation system installed to reduce the amount of gas in the Bloomfield home.

If you have ever rented a home in Bloomfield, MI, then you know that you do not always get to make the decisions as to what should be repaired, or how well items in the home are maintained. Through HUD’s regulation, it will now be mandatory that many homes are required to have this safety precaution taken. This is a tremendous help as the dangers of radon gas are quite serious.

Stats on Radon Lung Cancer in Bloomfield

Radon gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer across the United States. Radon lung cancer reduction is a huge step in the right direction. To put it in perspective, 21,000 people die each year from radon gas, making it a serious health threat. This number of deaths is larger than the number of annual deaths from drunk driving. Bloomfield residents should be extremely cautious of this gas, and test their home to take the necessary action depending on the gas levels their home has.

Radon gas forms from deep in the soil beneath your home from the breaking down of uranium. As the gas is created through this naturally occurring process, it may seep through your foundation, or into your water supply. No matter how the gas enters your Bloomfield home, the necessary action needs to be taken to test and remove it as needed.

The American Lung Association applauds the actions taken by HUD to reduce radon gas, and improve radon lung cancer and safety throughout the United States. It is also noted that these mitigation systems will not only improve the safety of Bloomfield homes by having extra ventilation in the home to reduce moisture and other gases. S.W.A.T. Environmental is extremely pleased with the actions of HUD, and hopes to make this world a safer place one home at a time.

Thursday, February 7, 2013 @ 04:02 PM
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Bloomfield and Radon Mitigation in Schools

Radon Mitigation in Schools in BloomfieldSchool shootings always bring attention to the safety of our school system. It is extremely unfortunate that it requires a tragedy of this magnitude to grab our attention, and focus on our students, teachers, and faculty. While gun control is one of the most common topics with regard to school safety, radon gas should be on everyone’s watch as well.

Radon gas is a cancer causing gas known to Bloomfield, and all of America. As a resident of Bloomfield, your odds of having high levels of radon in your home are one out of fifteen. These odds may increase depending on which area of Bloomfield you live in. Radon gas is becoming more and more of a common threat, killing in excess of 20,000 each year in the form of lung cancer. Now, the percentage of all lung cancer cases caused by radon gas is roughly 15%. This means that while cigarettes are still deadly, more than one out of seven cases of lung cancer are actually caused by radon gas.

Radon Mitigation in Schools in Bloomfield is Important

Bloomfield residents need to be ensured that our schools are safe from this horrible gas. New statistics show that one out of five schools have high levels of radon gas. This equals about 70,000 schools with high levels of radon gas. We know that radon gas is a serious danger to Bloomfield students, teachers, and faculty, but only radon mitigation in schools can help us solve this problem.

Radon mitigation in schools in Bloomfield can help us reduce radon gas levels by up to 99%. We can help protect our students through radon mitigation in schools. Radon gas is odorless, and it cannot be seen either. If you want to know whether or not radon gas is present, you must have a test conducted. Testing is the first step in knowing whether or not a school building has dangerous levels of radon gas.

Radon forms in the soil beneath buildings. The source of it is from broken down uranium. As uranium breaks down, radon forms in a gaseous form, meaning it can enter into almost any space. In gas form, radon often seeps through foundations and into Bloomfield schools. Over time, the concentration of the gas continues to build higher and higher until it surpasses a dangerous level and action is necessary. Radon mitigation in schools is the only way we can dramatically reduce these levels to make all of our Bloomfield schools safe and healthy for everyone.

A bill is currently in the works of being passes that would make it mandatory for radon mitigation in schools in Bloomfield, MI, and all of America. The bill would provide grant funding for radon testing. Schools returning high levels of radon gas would receive additional grant funding for radon mitigation. Show your support for the safety of our students, teachers, and faculty, and let your local politician know your support and the need for this bill to pass.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013 @ 08:01 PM
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Radon Action Month in Bloomfield, MI

Radon Awareness Month Bloomfield MichiganComing up next month is radon action month. Are you prepared to take the necessary actions to protect your home from this deadly gas? You have probably heard of radon, but did you know that it kills over 20,000 people per year? Or that it is infecting roughly one out of every 15 homes? Now is the time for you to take action next month during radon action month. Radon action month is fast approaching, so calculating a plan of action now is your best option in fulfilling on your commitment to your health.

There are many things which you can do for radon action month. Testing your Bloomfield home for the gas is a great start at preparing for the month. You may also plan for a professional to install a mitigation system if you have not already. If your Bloomfield home is radon free with a mitigation system installed, then being an advocate for the dangers of this gas, or further educating yourself are great choices as well.

Taking Action in Bloomfield, MI for Radon Action Month

Radon action month requires you to have a little knowledge about radon before you take action. Radon is a gas that forms naturally in the soil beneath your home. It is important to know this because radon can enter your home through several methods. A common method is through the water supply. Another method is seeping through your foundation. You may be shocked to find that even some materials used to build your Bloomfield home may have high levels of gas. No matter what, it is important that you test to be sure of your levels.

A radon test is the first step of action you may take during radon action month. A test will provide you with the peace of mind in knowing whether or not you are at a serious risk for lung cancer. Once you have your test results, you will be able to make an informed decision during radon action month for your Bloomfield home. Radon is odorless and colorless, so testing is the only sure way to know whether or not action is necessary. Schedule a test as soon as possible.

Once you have your test results, now you can take action on your Bloomfield, MI home as needed. If you have high levels of radon gas, you can contact the local S.W.A.T. Environmental to speak with a knowledgeable professional about a mitigation system. They will be happy to answer any questions you may have, and provide you with a free quote on installation of a mitigation system. We specialize in low invasive procedures, so you will hardly notice it is there. You should not let your health pass you by any longer. Test your Bloomfield home today, and prepare your plan of action for radon action month this January in Bloomfield.

Monday, December 3, 2012 @ 04:12 PM
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Bloomfield, Michigan Concerned with Lung Cancer Rates

Radon Gas Mitigation prevents Lung CancerLung cancer is often thought to be only related to the amount of cigarettes smoked, or secondhand smoke someone is exposed to. While this makes a lot of logical sense, new development and research is showing that this is not always the case, and Bloomfield residents have a lot more to worry about. Recent studies show that 16% of all lung cancer cases are actually caused by radon gas, meaning that radon gas is one of the top ten concerns for doctors.

Imagine going through your life practicing good health, eating the right food, and exercising regularly, only to be diagnosed with lung cancer because a radon gas mitigation system was not installed on your Bloomfield home. While pesticides and chemicals added to foods are highly debated in regard to their long term health risks, radon gas has been proven to cause lung cancer. To break it down in simple form, radon gas is radioactive, and we all know that radiation causes cancer. It would be smart to even assume that lung cancer may not be the only health concern with radon gas. As science and research develop, we might likely find new health effects associated with radon gas which we did not know before.

Radon Gas Mitigation for Bloomfield Residents

Bloomfield residents can take control of their home and health with a radon gas mitigation system. Radon gas mitigation can reduce the levels of radon by as much as 99%. To get a better idea of where radon gas comes from, let me explain it briefly. Radon forms in the soil from broken down Uranium. Depending on the concentrations of Uranium, your Bloomfield home may have large concentrations of radon gas. The only way to determine the levels is through radon testing. Radon may enter your home in a variety of ways through the foundation, water supply, and others. Often radon goes unnoticed as it cannot be seen or smelled.

S.W.A.T. Environmental has the years of experience and knowledge to properly install a radon gas mitigation system and reduce the levels of radon gas by as much as 99%. While you may assume that radon may not be a threat to your home, as stated previously, a test is the only way to properly know the levels in your Bloomfield home.

Many radon gas mitigation companies do not have the same amount of years of experience or certifications as S.W.A.T. Environmental. When dealing with radon it is important to know you are dealing with your health and the health of loved ones. Do not risk your health with a cut rate company. We always provide a free quote, and you may be shocked at how affordable a radon gas mitigation system is for your Bloomfield home. Stop risking your health, and call a professional to test your home for radon gas today.

Friday, October 26, 2012 @ 04:10 PM
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Air Quality in Bloomfield, Michigan

Michigan Indoor Air QualityAir quality is something that we often do not worry about. When we see reports of countries over sees which bellow smog out of large factories, we often assume these problems are confined to these areas. New studies and reports have found that much of the pollution in the air you cannot actually see. What this means, is that there is no way of determining whether or not your Bloomfield home is at a high risk of having poor air quality.

Air quality can be a big determinate in your health. Poor air quality can lead to some serious health risks such as permanent lung damage, tightness in the chest, shortness of breath, increased effects of asthma, and even increase of risk of illness by air pollution killing white blood cells in your lungs. Luckily the EPA has actually made a scale for us to determine the overall air quality of a Bloomfield.

Air Quality Index in Bloomfield

The air quality index or AQI, helps sum up the overall air quality of Bloomfield into one single number. The scale goes from 0 to 500, and provides a great idea of the health risks that may be apparent to you if you spend much time outdoors. The AQI can vary on a day to day basis, so it is important to check back often to determine your AQI in Bloomfield.

The AQI calculates air quality based off of particle pollution, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, and ground level ozone. There is also serious consideration about including nitrogen dioxide into the AQI, but it has not been added yet. Another fact to point out is that the AQI does not include radon gas, which is a dangerous gas known to cause lung cancer to Bloomfield residents.

The scale from 0 to 500 which indicates the level of your air quality can be easily determined. Anything below fifty indicates that Bloomfield is safe from any health risks. Levels from 50 to 100 indicate a more dangerous level of pollutants for those with sensitive lungs. The scale increases with 100-150 being an even higher increase of risk. The level of 200 to 300 indicates that everyone should experience some sort of health effect whom is exposed. Levels in excess of 300 are rare, but indicate a dangerously hazardous level of pollutants that effect everyone.

Radon gas, as mentioned previously, is not included in the AQI, meaning that a special test must be done to determine whether or not your Bloomfield home is exposed to this gas. Killing over 20,000 people each year, it only makes sense to test to protect yourself and your family. An air purification system from S.W.A.T. Environmental can greatly reduce the levels of radon gas, as long as reduce the levels of pollutants in your Bloomfield home. Contact us today and see how our air purification systems can have you breathing easy again.

Thursday, September 20, 2012 @ 04:09 PM
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Bloomfield, MI S.W.A.T. Environmental Keeps Growing

Inc. 5000 SWAT Environmental Radon Mitigation Bloomfield, MILocal Bloomfield, Michigan company S.W.A.T. Environmental has essentially provided their own stimulus package to the United States, growing at a rate of 155% and adding over sixty employees over the past three years. All of this rapid growth has just received national recognition from Inc.com. Inc.com provides up to date news in the business world, as well as a lot of useful information for business owners. Recently, Inc.com released its list of fastest growing companies in the United States, and for the first time ever, a radon mitigation company has been placed on this list. You guessed it, Bloomfield’s S.W.A.T. Environmental made this list, and is ranked thirteenth overall in growth for the environmental service industry.

S.W.A.T. Environmental would like to thank all of our Bloomfield customers, for trusting us as the nation’s leading radon mitigation company. It is a joy for us to be able to provide excellent radon mitigation to your home, to reduce your vapor intrusion, and risk of lung cancer. We know that without our customers, none of this would be possible. It is truly wonderful to be able to do the type of work we do, as we know that with every home with a new radon mitigation system installed, one less citizen has to worry about lung cancer from radon gas.

How S.W.A.T. Environmental has Been so Successful

As one of the nation’s fastest growing companies, located right here in Bloomfield, you are probably curious what all the fuss is about. You may have heard of radon gas before, but did you know that radon is radioactive? Did you know that 21,000 people perish each year because of radon gas? Nearly one out of every fifteen homes has high levels of radon, but this number varies throughout the country as it is a national average. Some areas, such as Bloomfield, MI, the odds of your home being infected with radon may be higher than normal. If you cannot tell, radon is a serious threat to your health, and there is a good chance you and your Bloomfield home may be affected by it.

One of the main differences between S.W.A.T. Environmental and other radon mitigation companies is our customer service. We know we are dealing with a stressful situation. After radon testing, you may find that your home has high levels, which can be alarming. We will work with you to create a custom solution that best suits your needs. We always provide all our customers with a free quote, so there is no obligation. Our team is full of radon mitigation specialists so you know that your Bloomfield home is being treated by someone with years of experience, and certifications needed to properly reduce radon. This is important, as there are several techniques to reduce radon, and a properly installed mitigation system may reduce levels by up to 99%. The decision on which radon mitigation company to call doesn’t have to be a difficult one. Call the local company the nation trusts.

Thursday, August 30, 2012 @ 08:08 PM
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Why Radon Testing is Important for Bloomfield Residents

Radon Testing Bloomfield MichiganAs a resident of Bloomfield, MI, you may have heard about the dangers of radon gas. Killing over 20,000 citizens each year, radon is extremely dangerous. Due to its high levels of radioactivity, scientific research has been limited, but has only proven detrimental health risks. Some homes affected by radon have been shown to have the same effect as smoking 135 packs of cigarettes per day. Killing more than drunk driving, fires, drowning, and more, it makes sense why the EPA has raised great concern regarding radon gas. Radon testing is the only way to determine if your Bloomfield home is under attack by radon, as the gas does not produce any odor, and is naked to the human eye.

Many often assume a mitigation system needs to be installed in their Bloomfield home right away, but radon testing is actually a better way of determining if this is necessary. Although we encourage having an air purification system installed regardless, it may not be necessary. Roughly one in fifteen homes has been deemed to have levels that exceed the maximum allowable amount. As you inspect for termites, treat your lawn, inspect for mold, and take all the other necessary precautions for your Bloomfield home, be sure to schedule radon testing.

Radon Testing Results Impact on Bloomfield Homes

Educate yourself on radon testing for your Bloomfield home. If you have not tested your home in a long time, a shot term test may be the best choice allowing for fast results. If you have tested your home within the past two to three years, a long term test may be done, taking roughly three months, but boasting more accurate results. No matter what your radon levels end up being, be sure to schedule radon testing for your home every two to five years.

If your tests return levels of above 4.0 Picocuries per liter, then you need to contact S.W.A.T. Environmental right away so that a custom air purification system may be designed to reduce the vapor levels in your Bloomfield home. S.W.A.T. Environmental is the nation’s leading radon reduction company, and has been specializing in radon for over two decades. We always provide a free estimate, so there is no obligation.

Why a Professional is Important

When dealing with radon, you are talking about a deadly gas that may kill you or your family if not treated correctly. When you purchase a mitigation system from S.W.A.T. Environmental, you can rest assured that a certified professional is properly completing the installation. Often a general laborer may think that they can do the job, but do not risk your health on someone else’s assumption of their work. Schedule your radon testing today, and take action if necessary. You have nothing to lose, and only safety, and peace of mind to gain. Call us today and schedule radon testing in Bloomfield, MI.

Friday, July 20, 2012 @ 03:07 PM
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The Risk of Radon in the Water of Bloomfield, Michigan

Radon in Water Bloomfield, MichiganRadon is a radioactive gas that develops as a result of the breakdown of uranium in the soil. It can be extremely harmful to your health and is normally undetectable due to the fact that it has no odor, taste or color. Therefore, it can only be detected through proper testing. Long-term radon exposure is known to cause cancer.

Radon can enter a house through two different ways: by contaminating its water supply or by seeping out of the ground into its air. Radon is soluble in water, so waterborne radon is a particularly great cause for concern. Some areas are more prone than others to high radon levels; one such area is Bloomfield, Michigan. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, there is a high incidence of radon contamination in Bloomfield specifically as well as in the state of Michigan as a whole. This is due to the high concentration of uranium in the soil.

As uranium breaks down into radon, it can easily enter an area’s ground water. Therefore, if a house in or near Bloomfield is supplied by a well, the chances are good that there is radon in its water. If radon is ingested for a long period of time, health complications can become a major issue.

The Impact of Radon in Water

So, the big question here is why is radon so dangerous? First, it is undetectable except through specialized testing. Your senses of smell, sight and taste will not pick it up. This means that if you do not take the precaution of testing your house for waterborne radon, you could be exposed to the substance for years without realizing it.

Radon in the air can cause lung cancer. But if it gets into the water, it can cause both lung and stomach cancer. As you run the water from the faucet or use it in other ways, the radon gas in the water can be released into the atmosphere in your home. You end up breathing it in as well as drinking it, bathing in it and being exposed to it in other ways.

Of course, not all of the radon in the water dissipates into the air. Some still remains in the water and you can easily ingest it if you drink contaminated water from your faucet. If you continue to drink contaminated water for a long period of time, you may develop many different health problems.

Removal of Radon in Water

When radon is detected in your water supply, you should contact SWAT Environmental to set up the necessary systems to remove it. There are two primary methods for removing radon in water. One method is through aeration, in which the water is mixed with air and the radon is then vented out of the water before it reaches your home. The other method is known as activated carbon treatment, in which the radon is filtered out as it attaches itself to the carbon. SWAT’s technicians can determine which will work best to keep your home protected from radon.

Monday, June 25, 2012 @ 06:06 PM
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Radon Abatement Bloomfield, MichiganRadon is a heavy, colorless, odorless and radioactive gas that shares many chemical properties with helium, neon, argon, krypton and xenon. It is created during the beta decay of radioactive elements like thorium, uranium and radium, a process that eventually results in non-radioactive lead. If sufficiently concentrated, radon is one of the most deadly poisonous substances known to man. Even worse, one of the largest sources of radon pollution is not the factory or the power plant; it is the domestic household. Researchers have found, in fact, that indoor pollution can be a hundred times worse in some cases than outdoor pollution. Of course, this means that the consequences for human health can be extremely serious, as many people — especially city dwellers — spend more than half of their lives indoors.

The Need for Radon Abatement

The symptoms of radon poisoning can range from relatively mild ones, resembling those caused by the flu, to more severe ones like pneumonia, allergic reactions and even lung cancer. In fact, federal officials have estimated that at least one out of every 25 deaths from lung cancer may be due to radon. The gas can be found in soil, building materials, and gas and water supplies. Homeowners have often unwittingly made their residences more subject to radon pollution by insulating them against weather, making it more difficult for the radon gas to exit the house once it gets inside. The daughter elements into which the gas decays cling to airborne dust particles that become trapped in the lungs when inhaled, damaging cells and potentially causing cancer.

Determining Whether Radon Abatement is Necessary

Homeowners can obtain devices that enable them to perform radon tests on their residences, two of which cost under $50. A diffusion barrier charcoal adsorption (DBCA) collector absorbs water vapor and radon from the air; it is then delivered to the manufacturer, who determines the radon level by analyzing gamma ray emissions. An alpha track device is useful for more long-term testing; it consists of a film that is sensitive to radiation that is taped to the floor, wall, or ceiling. The tracks left by radon daughters are then analyzed by the manufacturer. Of course, home versions of radon tests can be slow and inconvenient; therefore, many homeowners choose to have SWAT Environmental radon abatement specialists perform a professional version of the test.

Radon Abatement in Bloomfield, Michigan

In communities throughout the United States, agencies are at work to curb the danger from radon pollution. In Bloomfield, Michigan, this agency is SWAT Environmental; their services are particularly critical since most of Michigan is a hotbed for radon gas contamination. SWAT Environmental provides both residential and commercial radon abatement. Their abatement experts can analyze your home, its layout and structure to determine how the radon gas is getting inside. This allows them to design the best possible radon abatement system to ensure that the risk from the gas to you and your family is eliminated.