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Thursday, April 18, 2013 @ 02:04 PM
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Winston Salem Radon Mitigation for HUD

HUD Winston Salem Radon MitigationReading through our update last month provided a lot of insight in the new direction HUD is going in regard to the safety of tenants. The new updates are now requiring radon testing to be completed on every unit of multi-family homes that are financed through HUD. It is important to point out that every unit must be tested. Every unit that has high levels of radon gas will be in need of Winston Salem Radon Mitigation in order to stay up to date and current with the most recent guidelines.

The reason testing is so important is that this gas cannot be seen or smelled. Effectively, the only way you will be able to know if your Winston Salem home is in need of further action is through having a test completed. With a test completed, you will be able to take the next appropriate steps.

The two main tests you should be aware of are a short term test and a long term test. The short term test may take as short as a week to be completed, while a long term test may take over a month. Both tests are deemed to be accurate, so it is up to personal preference which test is right for your Winston Salem, NC home.

Handling Winston Salem Radon Mitigation and Test Results

Once you get your Winston Salem test results back, you will have a much better idea of the scope of the danger. If your gas levels are high, then Winston Salem radon mitigation is a must. If your gas levels are low, then no further action is required. Regardless, you will want to speak with a radon specialist to help you determine whether or not there is further action required.

While Winston Salem radon mitigation may sound intimidating, it does not have to be. A specialist at S.W.A.T. Environmental can effectively lower your gas levels by as much as 99%. We have specialized in radon mitigation techniques for more than two decades, so we know what to do. We will pinpoint the source of the radon gas, and funnel it out of your Winston Salem home with a low visibility, air purification system. We are certified and knowledgeable at what we do, and are the nation’s most trusted radon mitigation company. With a free quote, there really is not another company you should trust other than S.W.A.T. Environmental.

The reason these HUD regulations have come about is because of the more than 20,000 deaths we have been seeing each year. These deaths are continuing as radon gas is now the second leading cause of lung cancer. This gas is reportedly in roughly one out of every fifteen homes, meaning it effects more homes than you may think. Now is the time to take action, and stay up to date with the HUD guidelines. Call S.W.A.T. Environmental.

Thursday, March 7, 2013 @ 08:03 PM
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Radon Lung Cancer and HUD in Winston Salem, NC

Radon Lung CancerRenting in Winston Salem, NC means that your home safety is not always in our own hands. Whenever we rent from someone, we are subjected to their level of maintenance and repair. Winston Salem residents who rent multi-family homes are in for some good news. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has deemed it a requirement that all multi-family homes that are financed through HUD will need to have a radon test. In addition, homes that have test results indicating their levels of gas are high will be required to have a mitigation system installed.

This action is applauded by the American Lung Association. The American Lung Association, and others, have recognized radon gas as the second leading cause of lung cancer, and realize that mitigating this gas in homes throughout Winston Salem, we can dramatically reduce these rates of cancer. Radon lung cancer is essentially the asbestos of our generation, and without proper action, more people will suffer from it.

Radon lung cancer is caused from radon gas seeping into homes. The gas is formed deep in the soil beneath the home from the breakdown of naturally occurring uranium. Once the gas is formed, it can enter into the water supply, or a variety of other areas. No matter how the gas enters your home, it is important that the proper mitigation methods are taken to reduce the gas levels, and your chances of radon lung cancer.

Reducing Radon Lung Cancer Threats in Winston Salem

No matter where you live in the Winston Salem area, you will need an effective plan to rid yourself of this gas. Radon testing is the first step needed. This gas is both odorless, and colorless, meaning that the only way you can know for certain whether or not that your home is in need of a mitigation system is through testing.

Once you have your test results, a professional at S.W.A.T. Environmental will be able to dramatically reduce your levels of radon gas, and make your Winston Salem home a safe place to live in. Our proven methods are able to reduce the level of gas in your home by as much as 99%, and meaning that your home will be a safe place.

The movement from HUD comes from a much larger group that is dedicated to reducing gases, radon lung cancer, and other threats from homes across America. The group has members such as the Environmental Protection Agency, HUD, the U.S. Department of Energy, and more. Together, these organizations are able to pool their knowledge, resources, and more to create a much more impacting result for the community. The American Lung Association and S.W.A.T. Environmental could not be happier with the effort in reducing radon lung cancer. It is important to know that our air purification systems will also reduce other lung ailments by reducing moisture, and improving ventilation. Please contact us for a free quote on radon mitigation in Winston Salem.

Thursday, February 7, 2013 @ 05:02 PM
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Why Radon Mitigation in Schools in Winston Salem, NC is Important

Radon Mitigation in Schools in Winston-SalemAcross the news we see flashes of guns, and reports of proposed laws that would restrict their usage. The main goal behind these laws is to reduce gun violence, and in many instances, improve the safety of schools in Winston Salem, and across the nation. As we take a deep look into school safety in Winston Salem, you may realize that there is a special gas known as radon that is threatening the lives of our faculty, teachers, and students alike. Radon mitigation in schools is the only way that we can ensure that all Winston Salem students can breathe clean air.

If we want to make for certain that all of our children are attending a safe school in Winston Salem, and do not have to worry about lung cancer, then we need to implement radon mitigation in schools. Radon gas kills approximately 20,000 people each and every single year. According to new studies, radon gas is responsible for 15% of all lung cancer cases. This means that if you find seven people who have lung cancer, chances are that one of those seven people did not smoke a single cigarette, but were exposed to radon gas, and thusly have lung cancer.

The Source and Need for Radon Mitigation in Schools in Winston Salem

Radon gas starts out innocently in the soil beneath your school or home in Winston Salem, NC. It is created from the naturally occurring uranium being broken down as a byproduct. Once in a gaseous state, the radon may enter nearly any space. The most common way that radon enters Winston Salem schools is through the foundation, although it may also enter through the water supply. No matter how radon enters the school, it must be removed, or else we are only hoping that no one receives cancer.

Radon mitigation in schools can reduce levels by as much as 99% if a properly trained specialist installs an air purification system. We can ensure that all of our Winston Salem schools have clean, fresh air only if we help a bill being proposed by a congressman in Iowa be passed. The bill being proposed would provide grant funding to every school in the nation to test to determine whether or not their school has high levels of radon gas. This is extremely important as radon cannot be seen or smelled, meaning that testing is the only way to determine the threat level in each school.

Schools would then receive additional grant funding if they had high levels of radon gas. This additional grant funding would go towards radon mitigation in schools. This way we can be for certain that money is effectively improving the safety of all schools. We can help this bill pass by contacting our local Winston Salem school board members, local politicians, and even writing members of congress explaining the need for radon mitigation in schools.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013 @ 08:01 PM
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Winston Salem, NC prepares for Radon Action Month

Radon Action Month Winston-Salem, NCRadon action month is a time in which members of Winston Salem take action against the terrible, cancer causing gas known as radon. Radon forms in the soil beneath your home through the natural process of uranium breaking down. Once uranium breaks down, this gas may enter your home through seeping up through the foundation, or even entering the water supply. In addition, some materials used to construct homes have high levels of radon gas, meaning that there is a good possibility that your Winston Salem home is at risk.

Radon action month is the perfect time for you to stop worrying about radon gas, and start taking action. There are many statistics which state the dangers of radon gas. For example, did you know that 15% of all lung cancer cases are because of radon gas? This means that even if you never smoked a single cigarette, you still have a very good chance of being diagnosed with lung cancer just because your Winston Salem home had high levels of radon gas. A mitigation system truly may be the difference between life and death.

Taking Action in Radon Action Month

Winston Salem residents need to make sure that they are taking the appropriate actions to protect their home. The first thing that should be done to your Winston Salem home is taking a test to determine your threat level of your home. Once you have your test results, a professional will be able to pinpoint whether or not you have a radon problem, and layout possible solutions. If your Winston Salem home does not have high levels of radon gas, you will not need to take any further action during radon action month. All you will need to do is retest your home several years later to ensure your levels have not changed.

If your Winston Salem home does have high levels of radon gas, you may contact S.W.A.T. Environmental to install a air purification system. We have professionals that are ready to properly install a system on your home. Take action during radon action month, and do not prolong better health any longer. Ensure that you have the nation’s most trusted radon mitigation company on your side this radon action month by contacting S.W.A.T. Environmental.

If you still have questions about what to do this radon action month, you can call one of our knowledgeable staff members who will gladly answer any questions which you may have. Our website also has a plethora of information on ways you can protect your home this radon action month. If you are still digging for more information on Winston Salem radon, the EPA is a great source for you. No matter what you do, be sure to educate yourself, advocate to friends and family, and take action for your Winston Salem home this radon action month.

Monday, December 3, 2012 @ 08:12 PM
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Winston Salem Lung Cancer Concerns

Lung Cancer Risks Decrease with Radon Gas MitigationLiving in beautiful Winston Salem, North Carolina is wonderful, but more and more people are having to deal with a serious problem. That serious problem is lung cancer. You may assume that the problem of lung cancer is due to the massive amounts of tobacco farming nearby, and therefore the massive amounts of cigarette smoke, and secondhand smoke. While these are serious contributors to the demographic of lung cancer patients, a new chemical has been found to be responsible for a good portion of these cases.

Radon gas has been researched to cause roughly 16% of all lung cancer cases. This means that over one out of seven people you meet who are diagnosed with lung cancer, probably have never even touched tobacco in their entire life. While these statistics may be alarming, it is also important to know that radon gas accounts for 20,000 deaths per year across the United States. This means that action is necessary, not a choice, if you want your loved ones in Winston Salem to be safe from lung cancer.

Radon Gas Mitigation in Winston Salem

Radon gas forms from breaking down Uranium in the soil beneath and around your Winston Salem home. As this cancer causing gas forms, it is essentially harmless as it is diluted with the outdoor air. In many cases, your home will cause pressure in the soil, forcing the gas to be suctioned inside. The gas will fill the smallest of spaces, and enter through your foundation or basement of your home. Once inside, the concentration levels may build up to dangerous levels. Another possibility is through radon gas entering your ground water supply. Once the gas enters your water supply, it will easily enter your Winston Salem home.

Radon gas mitigation can reduce the levels of radon gas in your Winston Salem home by as much as 99%. Residents of Winston Salem may breathe easy once a radon gas mitigation system is installed. Depending on the point of entry of the gas, and the concentration, steps to prevent the gas from entering, and removing the radon already present may vary.

When you call a professional at S.W.A.T. Environmental, you are calling a local Winston Salem company who has been in the industry for over twenty years. You know you are speaking to a company with certified professionals who have been trained in the proper ways to remove and reduce the radon levels of your home. We specialize in low invasive systems, so you may not even notice that our system is there. Our friendly staff is glad to help answer any questions you may have, and give you a free quote on your new radon gas mitigation system. We know that it may be a time of panic when you receive your radon testing results, but do not make a poor decision when it comes to the company you select to provide your radon gas mitigation. Choose the brand the nation loves.

Friday, October 26, 2012 @ 07:10 PM
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Air Quality of Winston Salem In Question

Winston-Salem Indoor Air QualityWinston Salem, NC residents are taking a stand this month for air quality awareness month. Take action this month by testing your home for radon gas, having a professional install an air purification system, and educating yourself about the poor air quality affecting so many lives worldwide.

Did you know that every single year, two million people die from poor indoor air quality? This means that having a professional install an air purification system can greatly reduce your chance of death, or other health risks associated with the nation’s poor air quality. Air quality also takes the lives of over one million each year due to poor outdoor air quality.

Air Quality Index in Winston Salem

The EPA has constructed a plan that can possibly help save many individual’s lives. The EPA has created the air quality index, or AQI, which can help residents of Winston Salem by indicating the safety level of Winston Salem to be summed up into a single number. The AQI includes factors such as the levels of sulfur dioxide, carbon monoxide, particle pollution, and the state of the ground level ozone. These factors are considered to be the most important when determining the overall air quality for an area. Although it has not yet been included, the EPA has contemplated including nitrogen dioxide to the list of pollutants it measures for the AQI.

Aside from the air quality index, another important risk factor to consider is radon gas. Radon gas is dangerous because it can form almost anywhere without anyone being able to notice it. Due to it being colorless, odorless, tasteless, and essentially undetectable without a test, Winston Salem residents often suffer from this gas without ever even knowing that it is present.

Radon forms from uranium breaking down in the soil. Radon forms and can seep into your home through the foundation. Radon may also enter your Winston Salem home through the water supply, and several other outlets. Known to kill over 20,000 each year in the United States alone, radon gas is one of the most deadly environmental threats in this present day.

Take Action Against Poor Air Quality in Winston Salem

With October being air quality awareness month, you can take action by contacting your local Winston Salem, NC S.W.A.T. Environmental. Providing excellent service as the nation’s leading radon mitigation company, we have the certifications, and decades of experience, giving us the knowledge to properly handle any air quality situation, and get you breathing easy again in your Winston Salem home. We always offer a free quote, and you can always contact us from our toll free phone number, 1-800-NO-RADON. You have nothing to lose, and only your health to gain. Take action and contact us today to set up an appointment for us to install an air purification system in your Winston Salem home.

Thursday, September 20, 2012 @ 06:09 PM
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Radon Reduction Company in Winston Salem Expanding

Inc. 5000 NC Radon Reduction CompanyYou may have heard already, but the local S.W.A.T. Environmental, the nation’s leader in radon reduction, has just been recognized as one of the fastest growing companies in the nation., which is a leading source in all things business, recognized S.W.A.T. Environmental as the thirteenth fastest growing company in the environmental services industry, and one of the fastest growing companies overall.

We have installed over 10,000 radon reduction systems in 2011, and are at the rate to surpass this number in 2012. According to our CFO, we are on pace to have revenues of $12 million. Over the course of the past three years, we have hired sixty five employees, and look to further expand our business even in this tough economy.

We would like to thank the Winston Salem community for embracing us as the choice in radon reduction. None of these awards would be possible if it was not for our great customers in the Winston Salem area. We appreciate all the wonderful experiences we have had with you, and look forward to many more years of being able to serve this area as the leader in quality for radon reduction.

Why S.W.A.T. Environmental Radon Reduction is Number one in Winston Salem

Customer service is something that we pride ourselves on. Whenever you call one of our friendly representatives, you will be treated like a real person. We understand the stress you are going through when you have just received your testing results displaying above normal levels of radon gas. Luckily, with our years of experience, we know exactly how to handle your radon reduction. We will answer any questions you may have about this horrible gas, and our process in riding your Winston Salem home of any vapor intrusion. We always offer a free estimate, and our number is toll free, so you have nothing to lose.

When you have decided on S.W.A.T. Environmental for your radon reduction in Winston Salem, you can breathe a large sigh of relief. We have all the certifications needed to provide proper mitigation in your Winston Salem home. We also have been operating since 1988, so there is no vapor intrusion problem that has been too big or too small for our professionals. We have essentially paved the way for radon reduction, and when properly installed, we may reduce your levels by as much as 99%.

Whether you Winston Salem home is suffering from vapor intrusion through your foundation, or if radon has entered through your water supply, we can create a custom solution for your home. The EPA estimates 7.8 million homes in America have above acceptable levels of radon gas. You also have to ask yourself, is there any acceptable level for a gas known to cause lung cancer? Pick up the phone, and dial 1-800-NO-RADON, to have any of your questions answered today, and gain peace of mind with radon reduction in Winston Salem.

Thursday, August 30, 2012 @ 08:08 PM
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Why Radon Testing is Needed in Winston Salem

Radon Testing Winston Salem North CarolinaIf you are a southern Winston Salem, North Carolina resident, chances are you may have heard of radon gas, but are not quite sure what to think of it. Many people outside of the northeast feel that they are not threatened by the risk of radon exposure, but this could not be further from the truth. Radon gas has shown up across the United States, including Winston Salem. Radon testing is the only way to determine whether or not your health is at risk by high levels of radon.

Every single year, roughly 21,000 people die from lung cancer caused by radon gas. This number is greater than annual deaths by drunk driving. We inspect our homes to be sure that it is safe from fire hazards, termites, mold, and safeguarded against natural disasters, so why not lung cancer? Many Winston Salem residents have already made radon testing a priority, and so should you.

So how exactly does radon enter your home? Radon is a natural element, and comes from the uranium in your soil. The radon seeps into your foundation and into your home. Radon may also enter your Winston Salem home via your water supply. In rare cases, the actual building materials used to construct your Winston Salem home may be giving off radon. You cannot see or smell this gas, meaning only radon testing will allow you to know if you are at risk or not.

Commercial Radon Testing in Winston Salem

Many of us spend nearly equally amount of our time at our job as at our homes. Even though your home may be safe from radon gas, your place of work may not be. Commercial radon testing will give your company the security of knowing their employees are safe, and reduce the company’s chances of liability. If you are a business owner, or concerned employee, you should schedule radon testing as soon as possible.

Types of Radon Testing in Winston Salem

As the nation’s leading mitigation company, concerned customers are often anxious to purchase an air purification system from us without even testing. While this is only further protecting yourself, we do encourage all of our customers to schedule radon testing in their Winston Salem home first. If you are anxious, a short term test is perfect for you. Only taking two to seven days to discover your results, a short term test offers an accurate measure of your home’s vapor levels. Long term radon testing takes ninety days to complete, but offers a bit more accurate reading. Radon testing may be completed at any time, but we suggest testing in the fall when your doors and windows are closed more. This provides more accurate results.

If your levels are above 4 pCi/L, then immediate action should be taken. With a free quote from S.W.A.T. Environmental, you have nothing to lose, and only your health to gain. If your levels are below 4 pCi/L, your home is safe, and does not need a mitigation system installed. Remember to test regularly every two years or so. So what are you waiting for? Schedule radon testing today for your Winston Salem home.

Friday, July 27, 2012 @ 08:07 PM
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Staying Safe from Waterborne Radon in Winston-Salem, NC

Radon in water winston salem
It is important for people who reside in Winston-Salem, North Carolina to be aware of the possibility of radon contaminating their home water supplies — a possibility of which many people are completely unaware. Radon is a harmful gas that can enter a home either through its foundation or through its water supply. The gas is odorless and colorless and does not have any taste, so it is possible that you could drink water that is contaminated with radon and not be aware of the fact. The Environmental Protection Agency has identified cities across the country that are at a particularly high risk for waterborne radon; Winston-Salem, unfortunately, ranks near the top of the list. Therefore, you should take all possible precautions to protect yourself from exposure to this dangerous radioactive gas. The only way for you to detect its presence in your water supply is to have your home tested.

Radon in Water Can be Dangerous

Radon in water can be particularly dangerous because it has been proven to place people at risk for developing lung cancer. That is why people who live in an area that tends to contain high levels of radon must take precautions in regards to their water supply in order to protect themselves and their loved ones. Radon gas in a person’s home can have serious health consequences. If radon is present in your water supply, you are exposed to the radon every time you turn the water, allowing the gas to escape into the air your home’s residents breathe. This means that the more you are exposed to radon, the higher the possibility that you could develop lung cancer.

Testing for Waterborne Radon

If you suspect that there may be radon in water in your home, you should hire professional help from SWAT Environmental immediately. It is your responsibility to have your home tested for radon exposure. A radon mitigation specialist is the only way to truly confirm whether or not a home has been contaminated with radon. On average, testing for radon requires about 90 days. It takes this amount of time in order for the radon mitigation specialist to get a clear picture of the amount of radon present in the home. However, other radon testing methods can also be performed that take a shorter amount of time in some circumstances.

Handling Radon in Water

If the test determines that your home’s water supply contains dangerously high levels of radon, the next step is to have SWAT Environmental’s experts install any necessary equipment to remove it. Several different types of equipment that can accomplish this; different houses will be best served by different radon abatement options. SWAT Environmental’s radon abatement specialists will be able to tell which option is best for your specific problem, and can install it to ensure that you do not suffer any ill effects from radon exposure.

Friday, July 6, 2012 @ 03:07 PM
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North Carolina Radon Abatement SystemRadon gas levels in Winston-Salem, North Carolina are higher than in most other locations around the country. This is because much of the city is built on ground that contains a significant amount of rock formations containing high levels of uranium, the element primarily responsible for radon gas creation. When uranium gradually breaks down in the ground over long periods of time, it produces radioactive radon as a side effect. It is estimated that over 25 percent of the homes in the Winston-Salem area contain dangerously high levels of radon gas.

The Importance of Radon Abatement

Radon can cause a number of health problems by damaging healthy cells and tissue. When radon gas is breathed in, it damages the lining of the lungs, and is the second most common cause of cancer in the United States next to smoking. Radon is odorless, tasteless and invisible, so it can only be detected through proper testing. Do-it-yourself test kits are available, or you can have SWAT Environmental perform a professional test for you. Of course, SWAT’s specialists can also handle the radon abatement process if it proves to be necessary.

Radon Abatement in Winston-Salem

Radon abatement involves drastically reducing accumulated interior levels of radon gas to ensure that it does not cause any health problems to that home’s residents. The best methods of removal depend on how the radon is getting into the home. For example, the ideal radon abatement techniques would be different for a house that is built over a crawlspace as opposed to over a basement or a concrete slab.

Various Radon Abatement Techniques

The removal of radon gas from most homes is accomplished with some type of specialized system of vents and fans to draw the radon out of the house to the outdoors. In many cases, it is necessary to actually drill into the floor or slab to run suction pipes into the ground below. This pulls the gas out from under the house, preventing it from getting inside in the first place. Radon can also be reduced by covering a crawlspace floor with heavy duty plastic sheeting and sealing the edges to the crawlspace wall with caulk.

Since Winston-Salem is known for its high levels of radon, SWAT Environmental’s specialists are well trained in proper radon abatement techniques. North Carolina recognizes two types of radon removal certifications for abatement contractors. The first is known as the Mitigation Specialist certification, which requires contractors to take a written test. The second, the Radon Remediation Specialist certification, also requires a written exam as well as more extensive training.

If you own a house in Winston-Salem, NC and have not yet had a radon test performed, you should do so as soon as possible. Radon is a health hazard that you should not allow to remain in your home, for the sake of both your own health and that of your family members.