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Thursday, April 11, 2013 @ 03:04 PM
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Hartford Radon Mitigation Needs Increase

HUD Hartford Radon MitigationLiving in the Hartford area, you may have heard about the new recent HUD requirements that make it mandatory for all multi-family homes financed through HUD to have a radon test and radon mitigation. A question on many peoples’ mind is how to follow all of the regulation and ensure that your multi-family home is still funded. S.W.A.T. Environmental takes a look at the actions necessary to meet HUD regulations, and why it is important.

The first thing you must do in Hartford is figure out whether or not your multi-family home is even threatened by this gas. While it may appear easy, a test is actually mandatory. Like many gases, radon is invisible and colorless, meaning that a specific radon test is the only possible way to ensure that your home has safe levels of radon gas. Once your test results come back, you will be able to get a much better picture of whether or not Hartford radon mitigation is necessary. While in the past it may have been okay to only test a specific unit in the multi-family home, it is now required that all units receive testing and treatment appropriately.

Hartford Radon Mitigation for HUD with S.W.A.T. Environmental

If your radon test results show that you have a high level of radon gas, you will be required to have Hartford radon mitigation. When choosing a company to reduce the gas levels in your multi-family home, it is important to know how experience can affect the quality of service you receive. If it is properly installed, a Hartford radon mitigation system may reduce the gas levels by as much as 99%.

S.W.A.T. Environmental has been specializing in the radon business for decades, and we are local to the Hartford area. This means that we have the ability to best serve your Hartford multi-family home. We first source where the gas is coming from. This gives us the ability to install the system as close to the source as possible. Afterwards, we vent this gas away from your home where it is released. Once hitting the atmosphere, it is so diluted that it will not affect your health. Only when it builds up in high concentrations from being trapped is this gas dangerous. We specialize in form fitting design to create a low visibility system. You will hardly know it is there.

It is important to follow HUD regulations to ensure that your multi-family home is not a reason for cancer for anyone who is renting it. Additionally, it is important as this can be the determining factor as to whether or not your home remains financed through HUD. Do not provide tenants with an unsafe home. Take the right action, and protect your tenants, and your investment. Call S.W.A.T. Environmental to solve all of your radon needs with Hartford radon mitigation system installation.

Thursday, March 7, 2013 @ 04:03 PM
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Radon Lung CancerWith the help of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, residents of Hartford Connecticut will now have a much safer place to live. You may know about radon gas, but it has become even more of a threat than ever to residents of Hartford. With the help of HUD, the number of cases of radon lung cancer will surely decrease as there has been increased regulation in regard to the safety of all those living in multifamily homes.

Radon gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. Depending on the city, there are high concentrations of the gas in specific areas, and areas known to be a bit safer. Regardless of where you live, it is all determined by the concentration of uranium in the soil beneath a home in Hartford. The uranium breaks down to create a byproduct of radon. Radon is radioactive and known to cause radon lung cancer. It may enter through sliding through your foundation, or even entering the ground water supply. No matter how the gas enters, it may easily enter your home, and wreck serious havoc if not controlled.

HUD is determined to lower the amount of radon gas in Hartford, and the rest of the United States by trying to regulate the levels as much as possible. With new HUD regulation, tenants of multifamily dwellings will receive a much strong advocate for their safety and reduce radon lung cancer. As tenants, you may or may not be able to convince a landlord to provide necessary equipment for your safety and health. What is signed and contracted in a lease agreement is not always the safety of all tenants in a home. With the help of HUD, radon levels will be reduced in many multifamily homes.

HUD Reduces Radon Lung Cancer in Hartford

New HUD regulation requires that all multifamily homes that are financed through HUD will be required to be tested for radon gas. In addition to being tested, all homes that return high levels of gas will then be required to have an air purification system installed. With radon being the second leading cause of lung cancer, and killing 21,000 people annually, this could not be a smarter and more effective way of protecting residents of multifamily homes and reducing radon lung cancer.

HUD is part of a larger organization known as the Federal Healthy Homes Work Group. The group is made up of HUD, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the Environmental Protection Agency. With all of these amazing organizations partnering together for good, we are sure to see some great and significant change in the safety and efficiency of all homes in America. Hartford residents, and the American Lung Association should give HUD a great round of applause for taking a step in the right direction for home safety for all to prevent radon lung cancer.

Thursday, February 7, 2013 @ 03:02 PM
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Radon Mitigation in Schools Near Hartford, CT

Radon Mitigation in Schools in HartfordRecently, all you hear about in the news is gun control laws and their threat to schools. No matter what side of the fence you stand on, we can all agree that our children’s safety is one of the most important things in our nation. We all know and understand that the children of Hartford, CT need safer schools. Unfortunately, health is a major concern as of recently due to recent discovers of the threat of radon gas and its levels in our Hartford public schools.

According to studies, 70,000 schools have at least one classroom with high levels of radon gas. If we want to protect our schools, we need to ensure they have been tested for radon, and the appropriate mitigation system is installed to reduce the levels of radon. These statistics equate to roughly one out of five schools in Hartford, CT having high levels of radon gas.

Where Radon Mitigation in Schools is Needed

Radon gas forms from the soil beneath buildings. The naturally occurring uranium in the soil breaks down creating this cancer causing gas. One out of seven lung cancer cases are actually caused by radon gas, meaning that if you know someone who has been diagnosed with lung cancer, there is a good chance that radon gas is actually the cause.

Radon mitigation in schools is the only for sure thing we can do to reduce the levels of radon gas throughout our schools. Hartford, CT citizens should be hopeful, as recently a congressman from Iowa has proposed a bill which would provide grant funding for radon testing for all schools. Radon testing is important, because radon gas can only be found through testing as it is both odorless and colorless. In addition, to funding for testing, grant funding will also be provided radon mitigation in schools. This will ensure that we find all schools in Hartford, CT which have high levels of radon gas, and that we remove the radon gas from all of these schools as quickly as possible. We will also not be interfering with our children’s education, as this grant funding will be in addition to the current education budget.

If we truly want to protect the kids in Hartford, CT, we all need to take a stand and write our local politicians to make a grass roots movement for radon mitigation in schools. If we do not advocate the dangers of radon gas, then who will? Radon is still relatively new to the main stream public, meaning that not everyone is aware of the dangers it causes, or how harmful it is. Not everyone is aware of its threat level, or aware of how many schools in Hartford, CT are actually in danger. By citing these statistics, and writing our politicians, we can make a difference and get a bill to be passed to require radon mitigation in schools

Wednesday, January 2, 2013 @ 04:01 PM
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Radon Action Month in Hartford, CT

Radon Awareness Month West Hartford ConnecticutRadon action month is this January, and Hartford residents are doing their part to educate, advocate, and take action against radon gas. You may have got a late start last year at planning what you were going to do for radon action month. This year you should start your planning in December to take the time to fully educate yourself to the dangers of radon gas. With a full education of radon, you will be able to advocate to your friends, family, and neighbors the dangers of radon and what can be done. Once becoming more familiar with radon, you cannot forget to call a professional to protect your home from this horrible gas.

Radon Action Month Plans in Hartford

The first mentioned step is to educate youself on radon gas. Did you know that over 20,000 people die each year from radon gas? There are numerous deaths each year in the form of lung cancer. In addition to the numerous deaths, there are many homes at risk. Roughly one out of every 15 homes has elevated levels of radon, meaning that there is a good chance that your home is at risk. Hartford residents may be at an elevated risk, as specific areas often have increased levels of radon gas.

Radon may enter your home through a variety of ways, but the most common method is through the soil. Radon naturally forms in your soil, and may enter through the groundwater, or your foundation. In its gas form, it can easily enter the smallest of spaces and wreck havoc throughout your Hartford home. For more information, please refer to additional articles on our website, or the EPA. You may also call one of our representatives who will be glad to educate you on radon gas.

Radon action month may also be celebrated by advocating the dangers of radon to your neighbor. If your Hartford home has high levels of radon, there is a good chance that your neighbor may have the same problem. Starting the conversation with your neighbor is the first step in possibly saving their life. If you think your family’s health is important, you should think of your neighbor’s family as well. Encourage your neighbor to get a radon test to find out their levels, and take the appropriate action.

Radon action month is also a great time to have a radon test done if you haven’t already. Radon testing is the only way to ensure that your Hartford home is free of the gas, or determine if it is infected. Radon action month is also the time in which you can have a professional install a radon gas mitigation system to lower your levels. S.W.A.T. Environmental always offers a free quote, and can provide you with the quality service you need. Take action during radon action month, and help us get rid of radon.

Friday, November 30, 2012 @ 08:11 PM
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Radon Gas Mitigation Needed in Hartford, CT

Lung Cancer Prevention with Radon Gas MitigationFor many pesticides and chemicals, there is often an ongoing debate of whether or not the chemicals combined are creating something harmless, or harmful to our health. Unlike these other chemicals that are still up for debate, radon gas has been proven to be radioactive and cause lung cancer. Radon gas mitigation is needed if you wish to protect your Hartford, Connecticut home from being a cause of lung cancer.

The proof is simply stated as soon as you realize that radon gas is radioactive. We all know that radiation causes cancer which should be enough for most of us to take action with radon gas mitigation for our Hartford homes. While lung cancer is often thought only to be associated with smokers, radon gas is quickly proving that nonsmokers may face the similar risk of lung cancer.

Lung Cancer and Radon Gas Mitigation in Hartford

Recent studies have proven that roughly 16% of all lung cancer cases are nonsmokers directly related to radon gas. This means that even if you have never picked up a single cigarette, your whole life may flash before your eyes as you are faced with the tragedy of being diagnosed with lung cancer. As you anxiously await the prognosis, one can only imagine the regretful thoughts of not having a professional install a radon gas mitigation system.

Radon gas kills roughly 20,000 people each year. Radon gas may enter your Hartford home by seeping in through the foundation, water supply, or other methods. Radon gas forms from uranium breaking down in the soil beneath or around your Hartford house. As previously stated, radon gas is radioactive, meaning that there is scientific proof and common knowledge that radon gas is detrimental to your health.

Having a Radon Gas Mitigation System Installed in Hartford

Before contacting a professional to install a radon gas mitigation system, you need to know what the radon levels are in your Hartford home. A simple radon test will allow you to quickly know how dangerous the levels of your house are. From your readings, you will be able to know whether or not your home is safe, and more importantly, whether or not immediate action is required in order to protect you and your family.

If you have received test results displaying a dangerous level of radon gas, it is important to take action immediately. S.W.A.T. Environmental always provides a free quote on a new radon gas mitigation system, and we have the years of experience, and certifications needed to improve the air quality in your home. When you call us, a friendly staff member will gladly answer all the questions you may have, and work with you to create a custom solution for your home. Do not risk the chance of getting lung cancer. You have worked too hard at protecting your family to let an evil gas ruin it all. Call S.W.A.T. Environmental today.

Friday, October 26, 2012 @ 02:10 PM
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Measuring Air Quality in Hartford, Connecticut

Hartford, CT Indoor Air QualityMany of you Hartford, Connecticut residents may have a lot on your minds’ already, but there is a silent killer that damages the health of many each single day. Air quality in Hartford, CT may not be as great as you assumed it was. With many pollutants being either invisible, or smaller than the size of a single hair on your head, it is nearly impossible for you to know whether or not you are breathing in harmful chemicals and particles that may be detrimental to your health.

This month is air quality awareness month, meaning we are bringing the concerns of the EPA to you in regard to air quality in Hartford. First off, who is at risk of health issues associated with poor air quality? Children are at a high risk because their lungs may still be in the process of developing, and they have a higher probability of having asthma. The elderly population is also at a higher risk because of the likelihood of having a preexisting heart or lung condition. Anyone who spends a great deal of time outdoors is at risk, because you are potentially breathing in harmful air more often than the average person.

Poor Air Quality Health Risks in Hartford

Now that you know how so many people in the population of Hartford are affected by poor air quality, let us take a look at the health risks and concerns that you should be aware of. Excessive exposure to poor air quality can lead to permanent lung damage. This means that your health is greatly diminished, and the effects of this are irreversible. Although this is a serious concern, some short term effects that you may notice more quickly are aggravated asthma, reduction of lung function, and chest tightness, or chest pain when taking a deep breath.

Another chemical that may greatly diminish your health is radon gas. Radon gas is associated with poor air quality, and kills over 20,000 Americans each year from lung cancer. Radon testing allows you to determine whether or not your Hartford home is a threat to your health due to poor air quality.

The EPA has devised a scale for measuring air quality that encompasses ground level ozone, particle pollution, sulfur dioxide, and carbon monoxide. The EPA regulates this through the clean air act. The rating of this air quality index, or AQI rates Hartford’s and the nation’s air quality on a scale from 0 to 500. Any level above 50 indicates that your health may be effected by the air you are breathing. In many cities, the levels can exceed 100, or even 200, so checking your air quality on a daily basis is extremely important in Hartford. Installing an air purification system can help reduce pollutants in your home, including radon gas, and improve your health. Check your air quality index score, then test your home for radon gas, and take the appropriate action for your Hartford home.

Thursday, September 20, 2012 @ 03:09 PM
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West Hartford’s S.W.A.T. Environmental is One of the Fastest Growing Companies

Inc. 5000 SWAT Environmental Radon MitigationWest Hartford’s very own S.W.A.T. Environmental has been identified as one of the nation’s fastest growing companies by INC.com. S.W.A.T. Environmental has added over sixty employees and received 155% growth in the past three years. Expanded to cover over twenty six states, S.W.A.T. Environmental no longer only serves the Connecticut area, but is still going strong in the West Hartford area. According to the CFO, S.W.A.T. Environmental is on pace for twelve million dollars in revenue for 2012.

We would like to thank all of our customers for helping us come this far. From a small, humble, radon mitigation company, to one of the fastest growing companies in the nation, none of this would be possible without the West Hartford community. We appreciate all of our customers, and look forward to reducing radon levels of West Hartford homes through radon mitigation systems. The EPA has also helped research and provide facts for us to share, and help us share, the dangers of radon gas to your health.

The S.W.A.T. Environmental Difference

There are a lot of radon mitigation companies that want to earn your business, but are they looking at you as dollar signs, or someone whom they would like to inform the dangers of radon gas? We always provide a free quote for radon mitigation systems, and our representatives are quick to answer any questions that you may have. When you call S.W.A.T. Environmental, the first thing we encourage you to do is schedule a radon test for your home. Colorless and odorless, there is no other way to detect whether or not your West Hartford home is in danger. Other radon mitigation companies may pressure you into purchasing a radon mitigation system, only to find out that it is improperly installed, or was not needed due to low levels of radon in your West Hartford home.

Radon Mitigation in West Hartford

Radon may enter your home through your drinking water, seeping in through your foundation from the soil, or even be in the building materials of your West Hartford home. It is important to know the dangers that radon gas may cause to your health. More people perish each year from radon gas than drunk driving. In West Hartford, and surrounding Connecticut areas, the ratio of homes infected with radon gas may be at a much greater rate than other regions of the nation.

Although there are many ways radon gas may be entering your West Hartford home, the most common way is through the soil. Uranium breaks down in your soil and creates radon. Radon is one of the most dense gases known to mankind. A soil suction radon mitigation system will remove the radon from your soil, and disperse it into the air where it will be heavily diluted. Remember to test your home before contacting a radon mitigation company. We thank you for all of your support in receiving this great honor from INC, and hope you spread the word about the need for radon mitigation in West Hartford.

Thursday, August 30, 2012 @ 07:08 PM
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Radon Testing for West Hartford Connecticut Residents

Radon Testing West Hartford ConnecticutIn today’s world, we often feel extremely safe in our homes. With alarm systems, strong insulation systems, and fitting locks, we have every reason to think that nothing can harm us in our West Hartford homes. Unfortunately this is not the case. Radon gas can enter your home through cracks, the foundation, basements, and many other areas. Radon gas claims roughly 20,000 lives per year in the form of lung cancer. Radon testing allows professionals to determine whether or not your home is infested with this dangerous, cancer causing vapor.

You might be thinking to yourself right now that your home does not have any funny smells, and therefore there is not a reason to worry. Only radon testing can determine if your home is effected, as this vapor is colorless, and odorless. West Hartford radon testing by S.W.A.T. Environmental can provide your family the comfort and ease, knowing a thorough test has been conducted by a certified radon mitigation expert.

Radon Testing Process in West Hartford

There are two common radon testing methods. Short term radon testing takes two to seven days. A more accurate method is the long term, which typically takes ninety days. For the most accurate measure of your homes radon levels, we recommend the long term method. Testing in the fall months also allows for a more accurate reading, as your doors and windows will be less likely to be left open. Although we recommend long term testing in the fall, radon testing can be completed in any month. If your home returns a radon test with no or low levels of radon, it is still important to know to test your home every two to five years.

Radon Testing Results in West Hartford

You may already know that areas in Connecticut, including West Hartford, may be at a higher risk of radon gas intrusion than other areas. More likely, you may have radon testing results with high levels of radon. Although it is normal to feel stressed, scared, confused, and feel emotionally under attack, it is important to stay calm. Radon professionals at S.W.A.T. Environmental are the nation’s largest leading radon mitigation company, and are located in West Hartford, Connecticut!

Radon professionals are waiting, and ready to handle your West Hartford home with care. S.W.A.T. Environmental radon mitigation specialists will be able to install an air purification system that can greatly reduce your radon levels, or remove them all together.

Reasons to Test in West Hartford

Does your West Hartford home have a basement? When was the last time radon testing has been done to your West Hartford home? Are you trying to sell your home, or have you been searching for a home in the West Hartford area to purchase? West Hartford, Connecticut may be at a higher risk of radon, and there is no reason to waive your safety and health when purchasing a home. Sell your home faster with a mitigation system installed. Call 1-800-No-RADON today.

Monday, July 23, 2012 @ 02:07 PM
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West Hartford’s Radon in Water Problem

Radon in Water West Hartford
In July of 2012, the Environmental Protection Agency submitted a report to Congress proposing three options for regulating the amount of radon in drinking water. Only the first option, of 4000 pCi/L, offered to regulate radon content that is higher than the atmospheric average. The other two options would require revisions to the Safe Drinking Water Act, which currently does not regulate the levels of radon in drinking water. The proposed regulation of radon in 1991 was derailed by cost of implementation and the greater concern of airborne radon. Wells are also currently not regulated. However, further study and modern technology have made it abundantly clear just how important it is that the issue of radon in water be taken seriously, especially in areas like West Hartford that are vulnerable to the issue.



Where Does Radon in Water Come From?


Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive substance that can be a major contributing factor to the development of cancer. Radon is created during the gradual breakdown over time of uranium in the soil. During this slow development of radon, some of the gas will filter up through the soil and escape into the open air, where it becomes harmless. Some, however, will contaminate water supplies and wells deep underground. Private wells tend to be particularly vulnerable to this radon in water contamination.


Why is Waterborne Radon Dangerous?


Exposure to elevated radon levels can cause several types of serious health problems, including cancer. Lung cancer is one of the most serious
consequences of long-term radon exposure; even radon in water, when it is released into the air, can contribute to the development of lung cancer when the particles are inhaled. Radon has a short half-life, but it can become dangerous when it is trapped in a home with poor ventilation. According to the U.S. Surgeon General, only smoking causes more cases of lung cancer than exposure to radon. In fact, smoking in a building that contains high radon levels can result in a double threat of lung cancer, leading to an even greater risk than either smoking or radon exposure alone.

What Can You Do About

Radon in Water and the EPA


The EPA recommends having your home tested for radon regularly, and having abatement systems installed if your home proves to be contaminated — both processes that SWAT Environmental’s radon specialists can handle for you. Radon levels above 4.0 pCi/L can be dangerous; however, radon reduction systems can reduce your house’s radon levels by up to 99 percent, whether the air or the water in your home is the original cause of the problem. Newer homes may be designed with radon prevention systems preinstalled, but this is not always the case. Regardless of your house’s age, however, regular radon testing is a wise precaution, simply to ensure that you and your family are not unwittingly being put at risk. Do not take unnecessary chances with your health.

Monday, June 25, 2012 @ 04:06 PM
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Do Not Ignore Radon in West Hartford — Your Life May Depend On It

Radon Abatement West Hartford ConnecticutYou might think that radon gas is a recent problem, but it has actually been an issue for many years. The only thing that has changed is that people are now becoming aware of its existence. Since radon has no smell or appearance, it is easy to ignore; however, it is important that you tackle the problem head on and have your home tested for radon to ensure that your family is protected.

According to statistics by the Environmental Protection Agency, there is a definite need for radon abatement in West Hartford, Connecticut. Their most recent report shows that approximately 1 in every 5 homes in the Hartford area contain levels of radon that are unsafe to breathe.

Radon Abatement and Preventing Illness

Radon gas is the second most common cause of lung cancer, the first being smoking. Exposure to excessively high radon levels can lead to a wide variety of respiratory and other health problems as well. The gas has been found in homes of all types and ages throughout Connecticut and the United States. The gas forms naturally in soil when elements like uranium gradually decay.

Radon Abatement and Stopping Radon’s Entrance

There are many different ways that radon gas can make its way into your home. The substance dissolves in water, making it easy to get into your house through a well or septic system. Radon can also enter from the ground through gaps or cracks in your basement. It does not matter if the building is newly constructed or if it has been around for some time, radon gas can still be a problem.

Radon Abatement and Removing Preexisting Radon Gas

The most common type of radon abatement strategy is the soil suction system. This involves having SWAT Environmental’s professionals install a specialized fan and vent under your basement floor. If your house does not have a basement, the vent is installed under the ground level floor.

The fan is specially designed to extract radon from the soil and pull it outside where it can disperse without actually entering the house. The vent usually expels air over the house to reduce the likelihood of it coming back inside. The SWAT contractor will ensure that air flow through your home increases as well, since a good ventilation system means radon is much less likely to accumulate. As a preventative measure, the SWAT specialist will also seal all cracks in your home’s foundation, reducing the likelihood of the gas leaking into your home in the first place.

If you have a crawl space under your house, you will likely also need to have a radon barrier installed. A radon barrier is essentially a thick layer of plastic that acts as a barricade to block any radon gas from seeping in through from the ground.

Once all the radon abatement systems are installed, make sure to continue to have your house’s radon levels checked on a regular basis. This will ensure that all systems are working as intended and that you and your family are properly protected.