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Monday, April 15, 2013 @ 06:04 PM
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Lansing Radon Mitigation Needs

HUD Lansing Radon MitigationIf you live in Michigan, then you may be aware of the new national regulations set in place by HUD for all multi-family homes that are financed through HUD. This new regulation was discussed in the article that we published last month, but for a refresher, this regulation is making Lansing radon mitigation mandatory on many homes. The regulation requires that every unit of all multi-family homes financed through HUD must be tested for radon gas. Any unit that tests high for radon gas must have a Lansing radon mitigation system installed to reduce the levels.

The reason that radon gas has become such a threat to so many in America is the rate at which it is killing people. Radon gas is the second leading cause for lung cancer and is responsible for about one out of ever seven lung cancer deaths. This gas kills more people than drunk driving and many other things. It is time that we take action and improve the health of everyone. We commend HUD for taking such a strong stance in the direction of Lansing radon mitigation

Lansing Radon Mitigation Process

Now that you know that you may need to test your multi-family for radon gas, it is important to know the process that you are about to undergo. There are two types of possible tests you can have for your Lansing home. The first type of test is a short term test, and the second is a long term test. The long term test boasts slightly more accurate results while the short term test will display results in as little as a few days. Regardless of the test you choose, it is important to have a test as this gas is odorless and colorless.

Once you have your test results, you will have a much clearer idea of whether or not a mitigation system is needed. If your test results show high levels of radon gas, you will need to have a mitigation system installed, but otherwise you are safe. If you are in need of Lansing radon mitigation, it is important that you speak with a professional who is able to properly install the system. Make sure the professional is also certified in all of the mitigation techniques to properly reduce the gas levels by as much as 99%.

S.W.A.T. Environmental has decades of experience in radon removal and will surely be able to provide the Lansing radon mitigation that you need. We are certified and are the nation’s most trusted radon mitigation company, meaning we will be able to provide the service you need. Contact us today for a free quote, and take action on your home or multi-family home. Stay up to date with the Lansing standards set in place by HUD, and ensure that all of your tenants are safe when staying in your home.

Thursday, March 7, 2013 @ 07:03 PM
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Regulation of Radon Lung Cancer Increases

Radon Lung CancerThe American Lung Association has been a strong advocate for the reduction of radon gas in homes, but now they have a reason to be excited as the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has taken steps to improve the safety of homes throughout Lansing, MI and the rest of the nation. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD, has made increased regulation that will require all multi-family homes financed through HUD to have radon gas regulation.

What this means is that if you are renting a multi-family financed through HUD, you will be required to have a test to determine whether or not your home has high levels of radon gas. This is needed as the gas is both odorless and colorless, meaning there is no way to know whether or not your home is in need of an air purification system without a test. If a multi-family home financed through HUD has high levels of gas, it will also be required to have a mitigation system installed to remove the gas.

Radon gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. Total, this gas is responsible for 21,000 deaths each year. About 15% of all lung cancer cases are caused by radon gas, making radon lung cancer a serious concern. In order to protect your Lansing, MI home, it is extremely important to have a test, and an air purification system installed if needed to make for certain that the Lansing home is safe.

Creation of Radon Lung Cancer in Lansing

Radon gas is created in the soil when uranium breaks down. Uranium is naturally occurring in your soil, and its break down is a natural process. It is out of your control where your Lansing home was built, or when the uranium breaks down, but when this happens, the gas will seep through the foundation and into your home. The gas may also enter your home through the water supply. No matter how the gas enters, it is important that you test your home and install a mitigation system as needed.

HUD is actually part of a larger organization working to improve the safety of homes in Lansing and across the nation. The organization is known as the Federal Healthy Homes Work Group. This group consists of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Together all of these organizations combine to make a strong push for the improvement of our health. The accomplishments this month by HUD are amazing and will surely improve the lives of so many. In addition to decreasing the rate of radon gas in Lansing homes, the American Lung Association points out that air purification systems will also help reduce moisture in homes and provide extra ventilation for further improved lung health and reduced radon lung cancer.

Thursday, February 7, 2013 @ 04:02 PM
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Lansing Needs Radon Mitigation in Schools

Radon Mitigation in Schools in LansingRadon gas is known to kill thousands upon thousands each and every year through causing lung cancer. Many of us know about radon gas, but very few know the true extent of its dangers. Every year radon kills over 20,000 people, making it one of the most dangerous gases known to man. Radon kills more people than drunk driving each year, which makes you realize how much effort should be given to this dangerous gas.

Lansing, MI residents need to take action to have radon mitigation in schools. By the numbers, radon is found in one out of every five schools. This equates to roughly 70,000 schools being adversely affected by this dangerous gas. All of our Lansing, MI students, teachers, and faculty members are at a high risk without radon mitigation in schools.

Benefits of Radon Mitigation in Schools in Lansing

To get a better perspective of how radon gas enters Lansing school buildings, we must look at how radon gas forms. Radon comes from the soil in which uranium naturally breaks down forming the radon in a gaseous state. As radon is in a dense gas form, it may enter almost any space known to man, and essentially take over a home or school. Although the foundation is the most popular entry point, radon may also enter through the water supply, or even be in the materials used to build the Lansing, MI school. Radon mitigation in schools in Lansing ensures that radon levels are reduced by as much as 99% and are safe for everyone.

A qualified radon mitigation specialist should be able to reduce levels of radon gas with a small air purification system. It is easy to overlook a mitigation system if it is installed correctly by a radon specialist. Air purification systems work by venting the dangerous radon out of the school building, while replacing it with clean, fresh air from the outside. This ensures that all school buildings are breathing clean air, in comparison to air rich in radon gas.

Radon mitigation in schools helps protect our students, teachers, and faculty members of schools in Lansing, but more important than that we are investing in the future of America. All of our students will eventually go on to be leaders of this country through politics, business ownership, and other major contributions to society. We need to ensure that their Lansing schools are a safe place for education.

There is currently a bill being proposed by a congressman from Iowa. If successful, this bill will provide grant funding for radon testing. Schools with test results showing high levels of radon gas will go on to receive extra grant money for radon mitigation. This ensures all Lansing, MI schools that need radon mitigation have it. Show your support by contacting your local politician, or writing a congress member. Help us place radon mitigation in schools.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013 @ 08:01 PM
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Radon Action Month in Lansing, Michigan

Radon Awareness Month Lansing MichiganIf you live in Lansing, Michigan, then now is the time to start preparing for radon action month. Each January, Lansing celebrates radon action month with its citizens taking steps towards mitigation, testing, and advocacy about radon gas. Radon gas is a serious problem infecting about one out of every fifteen homes nationwide. It is imperative that you take action for your Lansing home if you wish to avoid serious health risks, and maintain a healthy home.

Every single year, in excess of 20,000 people die because of radon gas. Do not let yourself or your family become one of these statistics. Radon action month is a time in which you can grab control of your health. Protect your family by testing your Lansing, MI home for radon gas, or calling a professional to install a custom solution for mitigation. If you already have installed a mitigation system, you can advocate the dangers of radon gas to family and friends during radon action month. No matter what you do, radon action month is only a month away, meaning now is the perfect time to prepare your plan of action.

Take Action in Lansing, MI for Radon Action Month

There are numerous things you may do to educate yourself, and take the necessary action during radon action month. The first step is to conduct a simple radon test in your Lansing, MI home. This test is the only way to find out whether or not a mitigation system is needed. This test provides you with the only possible means to calculate the levels of this odorless and colorless gas in your home. Once you have your test results of your Lansing, MI home, you will quickly be able to discover whether or not you need further action.

If your radon levels are above normal, you can contact a professional to install a mitigation system. A mitigation system may also be referred to as an air purification system. These both can reduce the levels of radon in your Lansing, MI home by as much as 99%. It is extremely important that you choose a company that has the years of experience, certifications, and is trusted in order to be for certain that your purification system is properly installed and effective. S.W.A.T. Environmental has been in the Lansing radon business for decades, and is the nation’s largest mitigation company. We always offer a free quote so you have nothing to lose.

Do not let another year pass without taking action for your health and safety. Many residents of Lansing took the necessary actions last January and called us during radon action month for installation on a mitigation system. Do not let another year pass you by and passively let your health decrease. Grab control of your family’s health with an air purification system from S.W.A.T. Environmental this radon action month.

Monday, December 3, 2012 @ 05:12 PM
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Lansing, MI Residents Deal With Lung Cancer

Radon Gas Mitigation Necessary to Prevent Lung CancerLung cancer is assumed to be strictly caused by smoking copious amounts of cigarettes and using other various tobacco products. It is also thought that coal miners may be the only other group exposed to this danger. New studies are showing that an alarming number of Lansing residents are being diagnosed with lung cancer. The cause? Radon gas.

Radon gas is an invisible and odorless gas that forms from Uranium breaking down in the soil beneath your Lansing home. Radon gas mitigation is the only proven method to remove or reduce the risk of lung cancer if your home has been infested. The gas can easily enter your home through the water supply or even seep through your foundation. Before you know it, and not to your knowledge, your home is now a breeding ground for lung cancer.

Approximately 15% of all homes across the United States experience dangerous levels of radon gas. In addition, new research has proven that 16% of all lung cancer cases are caused by radon gas. This translates to shocking reports. Think about it. For every seven homes you see, one is likely to have radon gas, and for every seven individuals you meet diagnosed with lung cancer, one is bound to be caused by radon gas.

Doctors now rate radon gas as one of the most dangerous substances in regard to cancer as more and more patients are diagnosed. Radon gas mitigation can reduce the levels in your Lansing home dramatically. We spend much of our time eating the right foods, exercising, and taking the necessary preventative measures to assure that we will not be diagnosed with some life threatening disease, so do not let radon gas become your weakness.

Lansing Radon Gas Mitigation Process

When you contact a representative at S.W.A.T. Environmental, we will gladly walk you through our process of radon gas mitigation. In order to get a grasp of your threat level, and how dangerous your radon gas threat is, you must have a professional test your home to examine your threat level. Often results turn out an amount of invasive radon that is bad for your health, meaning that a radon gas mitigation system is required to protect yourself and your family.

When choosing a company for radon gas mitigation, it is important to find a company you can trust. S.W.A.T. Environmental has decades of experience, and is local right here to Lansing, MI. This means you are dealing with a company that knows what they are doing, and is employing local radon gas mitigation specialists from your community. We have all the certifications, and knowledge to properly reduce your radon levels, and make your home a safe haven. Prices on a new system may be lower than you think. Call us today for a free quote, and stop lung cancer before it is too late.

Friday, October 26, 2012 @ 04:10 PM
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Lansing Air Quality

MI Indoor Air QualityThe city of Lansing, Michigan may have a new threat in order to worry about. Air quality in Lansing, Michigan can be a serious threat to your health, and the health of loved ones. The EPA has determined that there are a substantial number of health effects that can greatly damage your health.

Poor air quality can cause shortness of breath, tightness in the chest, permanent lung damage, increased likelihood of illness, and more serious health effects. These should all ring a bell, especially the risk of permanent lung damage. These risks may be increased if you are a child with developing lungs, spend an ample amount of time outdoors, or have any preexisting lung conditions.

Another serious concern in addition to poor air quality is radon gas. Radon gas has been proven to cause lung cancer, and claims the lives of 22,000 people every single year. Naturally occurring in the soil, radon gas can enter your Lansing, Michigan home without you knowing. Radon gas is invisible, and does not have a smell, which means that the only way to determine whether it is affecting you and your family is with a professional completing a radon test.

Air Quality Index in Lansing

The air quality index is a great scale to determine the overall air quality of Lansing, MI. With a scale of 0 to 500, it gives us an accurate reading to the level of health risk associated with breathing in these toxic gases. The air quality index actually includes a number of factors for a complete scope of the true air quality in the area. Including ground level ozone, carbon monoxide levels, particle pollution levels, and sulfur dioxide levels, the air quality index is a great way to find out whether or not you may experience increased health risks in Lansing.

Any level from 0 to 50 is deemed safe, and okay for you to be breathing. The levels are amplified when additional pollution is apparent, rendering greater health risks. Any level above fifty indicates some type of health risk for Lansing residents, and it only increases as the level increases. Levels in excess of 200 and 300 are recorded nearly every year, and indicate a serious threat that can damage anyone’s health in the area.

As mentioned previously, radon gas is not included in the air quality index, meaning you will need to have your Lansing home tested to ensure it is not at any type of health risk. Radon gas is present in roughly 15% of all homes in the United states, meaning that it is extremely important to test your home to ensure proper air quality. Luckily, S.W.A.T. Environmental specializes in air quality, and can provide a mitigation system, or air purification system, that can reduce your radon levels by as much as 99%, and reduce the level of pollutants as well. Contact us today for a free quote.

Thursday, September 20, 2012 @ 04:09 PM
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Lansing’s S.W.A.T. Environmental Sees Rapid Growth

Inc. 5000 Michigan Radon Mitigation CompanyLocally owned and operated out of Lansing, MI, S.W.A.T. Environmental recently was declared one of the nation’s fastest growing companies in all of America by Inc.com. From humble beginnings, S.W.A.T. Environmental spread from Lansing, MI to span over twenty six states with over forty locations. Breaking news in the business world, Inc.com released their annual report of fastest growing companies, and S.W.A.T. Environmental is the first radon mitigation company to ever make this list. According the CFO, S.W.A.T. Environmental is on pace to have $12 million in revenue for the year of 2012.

S.W.A.T. Environmental started out right in Lansing, Michigan in 1988, and has since installed more than 50,000 radon mitigation systems for homes and commercial property. You may be curious why radon mitigation has become such an importance here in America. Whether it is the fact that radon has been proven to be radioactive since the early 1900′s, or the fact that 21,000 people die each year because of radon, the bottom line is that radon is deadly, and needs to be treated properly if it is in your Lansing home.

Radon Mitigation in Lansing, MI by S.W.A.T. Environmental

Radon mitigation is something that should not be taken lightly. We are talking about lung cancer. When choosing a company to provide radon mitigation, it is similar to choosing a doctor. A radon mitigation company, such as S.W.A.T. Environmental, has years of experience, and certifications, and will be able to properly diagnose or pinpoint the source of radon in your home. Once the source has been pinpointed, we are able to choose the correct procedure, and properly implement it on your Lansing home. Choosing a radon mitigation company that is not certified, cuts costs and corners, may leave you with unchanged radon levels.

Radon reduction may reduce your levels by up to 99% if installed properly. Although not every home may see such a reduction, it is important that you choose a company that is certified and has the experience, as every radon mitigation case may be different. One of the other differences between S.W.A.T. Environmental and other radon mitigation companies is how we treat our customers. We are here to inform you rather than sell you on a product you do not know much about. A representative at our Lansing office will gladly speak with you about any questions or concerns you may have, and we always offer a free estimate.

S.W.A.T. Environmental Thanks Lansing

Lastly, we would like to take this moment to thank all of our loyal customers in the Lansing, MI area. You have made our dream of preventing lung cancer a reality by trusting in us to install your radon mitigation system. We deeply appreciate your referrals of other Lansing residents, and cannot thank-you enough for your support in this community. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to call us toll free at 1-800-NO-RADON.

Thursday, August 30, 2012 @ 08:08 PM
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The Importance of Radon Testing in Lansing, MI

Radon Testing Lansing MichiganYou have probably heard of radon gas before, but did you know that there is no way to determine the amount of vapor in your Lansing home without radon testing? Lansing, MI has higher levels of radon than many other areas, leaving your home susceptible to the side effects of radon gas. What are those side effects you ask? Well, one of the major side effects caused by radon gas is lung cancer, killing over 20,000 people per year.

We all know someone who has been stricken down by cancer without warning. Do not let this happen to you or your family. You may be thinking to yourself that you would be able to see or smell this dangerous gas, but this is not the case. Only radon testing can accurately determine if your Lansing, MI home is effected, as this gas is both odorless and colorless. Radon gas can enter your home in a variety of ways, as the pressure of your home creates a vacuum literally sucking the radon out of the ground. Lansing homes with basements may be at a higher risk. Call an expert today to schedule radon testing for your Lansing, MI home, and sleep well tonight knowing your family is safe.

Lansing Real Estate and Radon Testing

Often when buying a home we ensure numerous inspections have been completed, for our safety, but it is important to be sure radon testing is provided by the seller. This goes to sellers as well. In this economy, the buyers retain all of the advantage, and providing radon testing with the sale of your home can help you retain or increase your home value in this tough economy.

Radon Testing Process in Lansing, MI

Radon testing may be done either short term or long term. A long term test will take roughly three months to complete, but is considerably more accurate than a short term test which may take anywhere from two to seven days. Radon testing may be provided year round, but generally speaking, it is best to keep your doors and windows closed during testing for the most accurate results. It may be nerve racking to view your results, but you will have the peace of mind knowing you have the information necessary to take correct action for your home.

Radon Testing Results and Action

After receiving your radon testing results for your Lansing home, it may be necessary to take action with a mitigation system. S.W.A.T. Environmental is the nation’s largest radon mitigation company, and is located locally in Lansing, Michigan to best serve your needs. With high radon levels, having S.W.A.T. Environmental install an air purification system can greatly reduce your levels, and provide the mitigation you need. You can start breathing clean air shortly after installation, and be certain that you have greatly reduced you and your family’s risk of lung cancer. Call S.W.A.T. Environmental today for a free quote.

Monday, July 23, 2012 @ 03:07 PM
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Radon-contaminated Water in Lansing, Michigan

Lansing Radon in WaterClean water is an absolute necessity of life. Contaminated water makes both people and animals susceptible to many different diseases and illnesses. In many different parts of the United States, water contaminated with radon has become a major concern. Lansing, Michigan is one city that has experienced radon contamination in water. Although the Environmental Protection Agency is well aware of the dangers of consuming water contaminated with radon, legislation has not yet been passed that will reduce the amount of radon in water. Homeowners, therefore, must take responsibility for protecting their own homes from this threat.


The Creation of Radon in Water


Radon is a radioactive chemical element that is harmful when inhaled or ingested. It is found naturally in the soil and in the atmosphere. When it is first created underground, it can easily seep into nearby water supplies, which is why the water supplies in many parts of the country contain significant levels of radon. In Lansing, Michigan in particular, radon levels in water can be dangerously high; this is particularly true for households and businesses that use well water.


Waterborne Radon Health Concerns


Radon contamination of water is a serious health issue for humans because it can directly lead to significant illness. According to the EPA, radon exposure is a leading cause of lung cancer in adults. Radon in water causes lung cancer when people breathe in the radon particles released into the air by the contaminated water. Radon in water can also cause stomach cancer when the contaminated water is ingested. Both of these illnesses can lead to death or at least to long lasting and serious health issues.


Mitigating the Amount of Radon in Water


Understanding the dangers of radon-contaminated water, the city of Lansing has encouraged homeowners in the area to have the radon levels in their homes and businesses tested regularly. If the amount of radon the water supply of the building contains is found to be excessively high, steps can be taken to reduce the presence of this radioactive substance. SWAT Environmental’s radon abatement experts specialize in reducing the amounts of radon in drinking water and in the home in general. These experts can also handle the testing process itself.

Every contaminated home will require somewhat different techniques to reduce the amount of radon its water contains to safe levels. Some systems are designed to remove the radon before the water supply reaches the house, while others are designed to remove the radon as it exits the spigot in the house itself. In some cases, multiple systems will be necessary to ensure that a home’s residents are protected. SWAT’s technicians can determine which options will work best in your home.

Home owners all over Lansing are becoming increasingly aware of the waterborne radon issue, particularly those supplied via private wells. Nonetheless, an even greater effort on the part of local, state and federal government officials to address the issue of radon in the water supply is still necessary.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012 @ 02:06 PM
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Radon Abatement Lansing MichiganRadon abatement is the process of reducing the amount of radon a home or other building contains. Like any other gas, radon trapped in an enclosed area will gradually diffuse and fill it. However, the difference between radon and many other gases is the fact that breathing radon can be deadly. That is why SWAT Environmental specializes in radon abatement in the Lansing region.

Why is Radon Abatement Necessary?

Radon gas is an undetectable gas that humans cannot sense on their own. It is a noble gas that is commonly created by the decay of uranium and thorium, which are elements found naturally in the ground in many areas. It can seep up undetected out of the ground, sometimes becoming trapped in enclosed buildings where it can concentrate to dangerous levels. Radon abatement, therefore, is necessary to remove this radon and to prevent it from returning, a process that SWAT Environmental handles in and around Lansing.

It is not possible to completely get rid of radon. It is only when the gas accumulates in an enclosed space that it becomes dangerous. The goal of radon abatement, then, is not necessarily to complete eliminate the gas, but rather to reduce it to a small enough percentage that it is no longer harmful.

What Dangers Can Be Prevented by Radon Abatement?

The most serious and well-known side effect associated with breathing elevated levels of radon gas for extended periods of time is lung cancer since radon is a carcinogen, or cancer-causing substance. In fact, only smoking causes more cases of lung cancer each year. Since the primary entry means of radon gas into the body is through breathing, lung cancer is the most common type of cancer from radon gas. However, it is also possible for radon to cause a variety of other types of cancer, as well as other health problems entirely.

What Is Involved in the Radon Abatement Process?

SWAT Environmental specializes in detecting and reducing radon emissions in houses in Lansing. While you might think that stopping radon accumulation is the most important part of radon abatement, this is only partly true. Since humans cannot naturally detect radon, specialized equipment is needed to detect its presence. SWAT Environmental can perform professional tests of your house to determine its radon gas levels.

Of course, if your house is found to contain too much radon gas, its levels must be reduced. There are a few ways that SWAT’s specialists can go about this, but the best one is largely based on your house’s situation. SWAT has access to a variety of specially designed filtration and dispersement systems that can move radon gas out of your home and prevent additional gas from getting inside it. The radon abatement experts will also need to determine all the means by which the radon gas is getting inside from the ground and seal or otherwise deal with all of them. Afterwards, make sure you continue to have your home tested periodically to ensure that no additional dangers from radon gas arise.