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Thursday, April 11, 2013 @ 03:04 PM
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Handling the New Norwalk Radon Mitigation Regulations

HUD Norwalk Radon MitigationWith all of the recent requirements from HUD to have Norwalk radon mitigation in multi-family homes that are financed through HUD which have high levels of radon gas, what type of precautions are you taking? Many landlords may be confused by the new requirements and what is necessary, so S.W.A.T. Environmental is here to help clear everything up.

If you own a multi-family home in Norwalk, CT, or any other area of the United States, it is now a requirement that your multi-family home is tested for radon gas if it is receiving funding from HUD. The testing aspect is so important as this gas cannot be seen or smelled. Having a test provides you with the specific knowledge of whether or not your multi-family home is in danger, and whether or not a radon mitigation system is necessary. It is important to know that all units of the multi-family home must be tested, and a radon mitigation system must be installed on each unit with high levels of radon gas.

The importance of hiring a specialist is overwhelming. With Norwalk radon mitigation, it is important to have a professional. A properly trained specialist may reduce the levels of radon by as much as 99%. If you do not hire a professional, you may be subject to little or no changes in your radon level.

Our professionals are all certified for Norwalk radon mitigation, and have the years of experience to properly remove any radon gas from your home. S.W.A.T. Environmental specializes in the least invasive procedures, meaning that your new air purification system will hardly be noticeable. We are local to the Norwalk, CT area and familiar with all of the proper methods for the specific area. Remember that if your Norwalk multi-family home financed through HUD has high levels of radon gas, then it is required that you have a mitigation system installed.

Installing a Norwalk Radon Mitigation System

The importance of having your Norwalk radon mitigation system installed is obvious. Without this equipment installed, not only are you placing tenants in harms way, but you are violating the policy of HUD. It is known that radon gas kills over 20,000 people each year, making it very dangerous. The health impacts are not seen immediately, but that does not mean that they are not there.

Take the initiative and improve the safety of your Norwalk multi-family home. Norwalk radon mitigation can help bring your home safety up to par. Protect your investment, and follow the HUD regulations. Ensure that the work is of quality by hiring S.W.A.T. Environmental. With decades in the radon business, and local to Norwalk, we will be able to come up with a custom solution for your home. Let us handle your radon problem, and install the Norwalk radon mitigation system that your multi-family home is in dire need of.

Thursday, March 7, 2013 @ 04:03 PM
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Radon Lung Cancer in Norwalk, CT

Radon Lung CancerNorwalk, CT residents should be aware of the recent changes to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s policies. Overall, these changes will greatly benefit tenants of multifamily homes by providing regulation of improved air quality. If you live or rent a space in a multifamily home, most likely you know the difficulties of getting a landlord to go above and beyond the call of duty to provide you with amenities that are not specifically stated in a lease agreement. With growing health concerns with radon gas, HUD has realized the importance of testing, and mitigation systems and their importance to safety and reduce radon lung cancer.

HUD is a single piece in a group of organizations dedicated to improve the quality of home safety and reducing radon lung cancer in Norwalk, and throughout the nation. This group is known as the Federal Healthy Homes Work Group. The group is made up of the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Department of Energy, and of course HUD. The American Lung Association has praised HUD for taking a stand at improving the health of tenants in Norwalk, CT, and across the nation.

The new standard is that all multifamily homes financed through HUD will be required to have a radon test. Homes that test positively for radon gas will be required to have a mitigation system installed. This is a great step forward for safety in Norwalk, as radon gas is a common killer. The American Lung Association could not be happier as not only is radon gas the second leading cause of lung cancer, but mitigation systems may also help reduce other lung ailments by reducing moisture and ventilation.

Where Radon Lung Cancer Sources

Radon gas is a naturally occurring gas found in the soil beneath homes in Norwalk, CT. The gas is formed from natural uranium breaking down and giving off radon as a byproduct. As the gas forms, it may seep through foundations, or into water supplies, and cause great damage on the health of those in the home. The gas is known to kill 21,000 people each year, making it one of the most concerning items for the American Lung Association, and organizations geared toward cancer prevention. Regardless of how radon gas may enter your home, Norwalk residents need to be informed, and remove it as quickly as possible.

With the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development taking a step forward and requiring testing and mitigation on multifamily homes, we are sure to see a major reduction on the number of cases of radon lung cancer, and an overall improvement in the health of many. Norwalk residents should be excited of the news as well, as sections of Connecticut, such as Norwalk, are known to have higher concentrations of radon gas than the rest of the nation. Take care of your health, and make sure your landlord tests for radon gas in Norwalk, CT.

Thursday, February 7, 2013 @ 03:02 PM
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The Need for Radon Mitigation in Schools in Norwalk

Radon Mitigation in Schools in NorwalkRecent tragedies have opened up America’s eyes about safety and concern in regard to our public school system. Norwalk, CT residents realize how close to home some of these tragedies are, and we are all deeply saddened. When it comes to the safety and health of our children, and so many whom are involved in the education system, we need to do all that we can to ensure that everyone is in a safe learning environment.

Radon mitigation in schools is the next step in preventing students, teachers, and faculty in the Norwalk, CT school system from being diagnosed with lung cancer. More than one out of seven cases of lung cancer are due to radon gas, equating to more than 20,000 deaths per year because of radon gas. Now is the time in which we can all step up, and ensure that our children are safe with radon mitigation in schools.

Why Radon Mitigation in Schools

Radon affects about one in every five schools. This is higher in contrast to radon affecting one in every fifteen homes. Norwalk residents should still be concerned about radon in their home, as even though the probability is slightly lower, the danger of radon gas is so great. More than 70,000 schools have at least one classroom with high levels of radon gas, which is simply not acceptable.

Radon forms from the uranium which is naturally occurring in soil. As uranium breaks down, radon gas is formed. As one of the most dense gases, radon is hard to destroy, and may enter through the smallest of spaces, such as your foundation. Once radon has entered a school building in Norwalk, it can only increase in concentration as it builds up, and more and more radon gas enters.

Radon mitigation in schools in Norwalk, CT would help us reduce the amounts of radon gas in schools, and help us ensure that our schools are safe learning environments for all children. In addition to so many young people, you have to take into account all of the teachers and faculty which are affected by this awful gas on a daily basis. Teachers are forced to inhale this gas everyday if their school has high levels of radon gas, and no action is taken.

Currently, a bill is being proposed which could change all of this. This bill is proposing radon mitigation in schools. This would work by having grant funded radon testing, and those schools with high levels of radon would receive further grant funding. This further grant funding would go towards radon mitigation in schools in Norwalk, and nationwide. This would provide the safety our schools need without having to sacrifice valuable funding which goes toward educating our future leaders. Voice your concerns about radon mitigation in schools by contacting your local politician and help garner their support for radon mitigation in schools.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013 @ 07:01 PM
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Norwalk, CT Focuses on Radon Action Month

National Radon Awareness Month NorwalkRadon action month is quickly approaching, and we are asking all residents of Norwalk to prepare as soon as possible. Knowing your plan of action which you plan to take against the deadly radon gas is half the battle. In order to fully understand radon gas, education is the key. One simple act you may do during the month of January is furthering your education, and just becoming aware of some of the statistics associated with radon gas.

Did you know that roughly one out of every fifteen homes are affected adversely by high levels of radon gas? This means that there is a good chance that your Norwalk home is affected, and in need of mitigation treatment. Radon action month is the perfect time to have a professional install a mitigation system, or even simply have your home tested, but whatever you do, make sure you take action.

Action in Norwalk during Radon Action Month

During the month of January there are many things that you can do to help prevent deaths of lung cancer. The first thing you may decide to do is test your Norwalk home. This gas is both odorless and colorless, meaning the only way that you will be able to determine whether or not you are being affected is through radon testing. Once you have a professional test your home, you will have a much better idea as to the scope of danger. If your levels are low or normal, now further action is required. However, if your levels are above normal, you may be in need of mitigation as soon as possible.

Radon action month may be used to install the much needed mitigation system as well. Because radon is so deadly, a mitigation system is an investment in your health. You do not want you or your close family members to be struck down by lung cancer simply because you did not take the appropriate action for your Norwalk home. Radon action month is the perfect time to stop talking, and pick up the phone to call a representative at S.W.A.T. Environmental. They can answer any questions you may have, and even provide you with a quote for free.

Radon action month is also a time in which many take to the streets to support advocacy of radon awareness. As more people die each year from radon than drunk driving, it is obvious that more attention needs to be brought to this subject. If your Norwalk home has high levels of radon, there is a good chance that your neighbor’s home may have high levels as well. Simply informing your neighbor about the facts could be a huge difference. Do not let someone who may have radon gas go without knowing all of its dangers. No matter what you do, be sure to take action in Norwalk during radon action month.

Friday, November 30, 2012 @ 08:11 PM
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Norwalk Residents Face Rising Risk of Lung Cancer

Lung Cancer and Radon Gas MitigationWe often assume that if we do not smoke, then we will not have to face the risk of lung cancer. This is becoming to be more and more of a false statement as new studies show a heavy link to radon gas, and lung cancer. Whether or not you have smoked in your entire life, radon gas is wrecking havoc on the health of many in Norwalk. It is a true tragedy to take such good care of your body for your entire life, and then only to find that you are diagnosed with the same lung cancer as those who may have smoked so many cigarettes.

Imagine this scenario as well. What if someone you know who smokes tons of cigarettes never gets lung cancer, and a nonsmoker is diagnosed? So how does all of this work, and where is the research backing this possibility? Studies have found that approximately 16% of all lung cancer cases are caused by radon gas. Although research has also confirmed the link of radon gas and lung cancer, it may be easy to think of it this way: Radon gas is radioactive, and we know that radiation causes cancer, therefore radon gas causes cancer.

Radon Gas Mitigation in Norwalk

The choice is simple for you and your family. You may put yourself and your family in harms’ way at the risk of lung cancer, or you may seek a professional to provide radon gas mitigation on your Norwalk home to dramatically reduce the levels, and make your home a place where guests are welcome again. Radon gas is colorless and odorless meaning that there is no way to know that your Norwalk, Connecticut home may be infested with this cancer causing gas.

Roughly 20,000 people die each year because of radon gas, meaning that radon gas mitigation is extremely important for the health of you and everyone else in your Norwalk home. The radon gas often forms in the soil beneath your home, and makes it way inside through the foundation. Working like a vacuum, the concentration of radon gas may reach extreme levels. Can you imagine living in a home that gives off massive amounts of radiation? Without radon gas mitigation, that is essentially what you could be doing to your body.

S.W.A.T. Environmental has the proven techniques, and technology to reduce the levels of radon gas in your Norwalk home by as much as 99%. Having S.W.A.T. Environmental test your home for radon gas will give you a quick and accurate result to know just how dangerous your Norwalk home may be. If the levels are dangerous, a radon gas mitigation system may be necessary. Do not become a statistic, or a nonsmoker who is diagnosed with lung cancer. Be proactive of your life and lifestyle by having a professional remove this radioactive gas from your home.

Friday, October 26, 2012 @ 02:10 PM
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Air Quality in Norwalk, CT

Connecticut Indoor Air QualityAir quality is a major concern for the majority of the United States. Depending on where you live, you may be more susceptible to the effects of poor air quality. Norwalk residents need to take caution when dealing with their home and harmful vapors such as radon gas. On top of the four areas the air quality index measures, there are harmful vapors such as radon that are not even included in this index.

With October being air quality awareness month, we would like to provide you with information about harmful gases and particles, and their known health effects. First off, air pollution effects nearly everyone. If you spend a lot of time outdoors, have a child, have an elderly relative or are older yourself, or simply do exercise outdoors, you may be at a higher health risk. Children’s lungs may still be developing, elderly people may have preexisting lung deficiencies or illnesses, and outdoor activities, or exercise may result in continual deep breathing of harmful air.

Health Effects of Poor Air Quality in Norwalk, CT

Now that you know nearly everyone in Norwalk, CT is at a potential health risk because of poor health quality, it is important to know what these health risks may be. Shortness of breath, or tightness in the chest may occur from just short term exposure. Lung function may decrease, and you may be more likely to have infection because of the damage to white blood cells in your lungs. Some damage may be permanent. While these are health risks associated with poor air quality in Norwalk, do not forget that 20,000 people die each year from lung cancer caused by radon gas.

Air Quality Index and Purification Systems

The EPA has created an air quality index to have a better idea of the total air quality in cities across the nation. The scale goes from 0 to 500, but anything above level 50 indicates a potential health risk due to poor air quality. Did you know that over the course of a year, we may see some locations spike with levels above 300, indicating that everyone in the vicinity may experience negative health effects, and that the EPA has deemed the air quality as hazardous? Norwalk residents should keep a close eye on their air quality index to determine whether or not the quality is suitable for outdoor activities.

When hearing the alarming news of health risks and the poor air quality in a number of locations, Norwalk residents should not forget about radon gas, and its own ability to cause death and lung damage. If you are concerned about the health of yourself and your family, I would highly recommend on calling a professional to install an air purification system in your Norwalk home. An air purification system can reduce the number of unhealthy contaminants in your air, and allow you to breath clean air again. Be careful, and do not take risks when it comes to your family’s safety in regard to air quality.

Thursday, September 20, 2012 @ 03:09 PM
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Norwalk Radon Mitigation Company, S.W.A.T. Environmental

Inc. 5000 SWAT Environmental Radon MitigationNorwalk, Connecticut is home to the radon mitigation company S.W.A.T. Environmental which just made headlines this month by being ranked by INC.com as one of the fastest growing companies in the United State. Adding over sixty employees in the past three years, and having a growth rate of 155%, S.W.A.T. Environmental is on the pace to have a revenue of $12 million. S.W.A.T. Environmental is the first radon mitigation company to ever be on this list, which speaks volumes to the quality of service, and the scientific discoveries in regard to the dangers of radon gas.

S.W.A.T. Environmental is no ordinary radon mitigation company. We did not get where we are today by going about business as many other radon mitigation companies do. When you speak with a representative at S.W.A.T. Environmental, we treat you like a person. Our representatives are always happy to help provide you with all the information you need about radon gas in order to help you make an informed decision as to whether or not radon mitigation is needed in your Norwalk, Connecticut home.

What Norwalk Residents Should Know About Radon

Radon was discovered as the fifth radioactive gas in 1900 by Friedrich Dorn. Often radon is created by the breakdown of other radioactive elements such as thorium or uranium. The most common place for radon to form is in the soil beneath your foundation in your Norwalk home. Without ventilation, this cancer causing gas builds up in your Norwalk home, essentially making you inhale cancer with every breath. Tasteless, colorless, and odorless, radon testing is the only true method to determine whether or not your Norwalk home is in need of a radon mitigation system.

Roughly 7.8 million households are infected with above normal levels of radon gas, which equates to roughly one out of every fifteen homes. Some areas, such as Norwalk, may have a higher ratio of infected homes simply do to the displacement of uranium and thorium throughout the soil. Although radon may have higher concentrations in different regions, there is no telling whether or not your Norwalk home is infested without a test.

Why S.W.A.T. Environmental for Radon Mitigation

S.W.A.T. Environmental would like to thank all of its customers for making us one of the fastest growing businesses in America. We truly could not have accomplished this without you. If you have not already chosen a radon mitigation company for your Norwalk home, let me explain the difference between S.W.A.T. Environmental and many of the other competitors. We always offer a free quote, and are pleased to provide all the information you need to make an informed decision of whether or not your Norwalk home needs radon mitigation. We have years of experience, all the necessary certifications, excellent customer service, and recognized trust of the nation as the leading radon mitigation company. Do not risk your health with a non-certified contractor. Call the radon mitigation experts at S.W.A.T. Environmental for more information on protecting your home.

Thursday, August 30, 2012 @ 07:08 PM
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Why Radon Testing is Necessary in Norwalk

Radon Testing Norwalk ConnecticutWhat if I told you that a chemical was so radioactive, that it has limited scientists’ research on it? What if I told you this same chemical is the main cause of public exposure to ionization radiation? This same chemical is one of the most dense gases and comes from isotopes which have a half life of 4.5 billion years. If you do not know by now, I am referring to radon gas. Radon testing is the only way to detect if this gas is in your home as it is tasteless, colorless, and odorless.

Now that you know all of the physical traits of this gas, it is important to educate yourself on what it all means. This gas is responsible for 21,000 deaths each year by causing lung cancer. A good percent of these people have never even smoked in their life. Exposure levels have been found in homes in which the levels are so high, it is equivalent to smoking 135 packs of cigarettes a day. If you have not already, pick up your phone and schedule radon testing for your Norwalk home. If your levels are below 4 pCi/L, you will not have to worry, as your home is currently safe from this gas. With higher levels, additional action may be required.

Radon Testing Process in Norwalk

Now that you are informed on the dangers of radon gas, you need to know how testing works. Radon testing should be done every two to five years. We protect, insure, and inspect our homes for termites, fires, mold, and many other dangers, so routine radon testing should be at the top of your to-do list. Radon testing may be done short term or long term. Long term radon testing will take ninety days to complete, and will provide you with the most thorough results. A short term test will only take two to seven days to complete, and will provide more instantaneous results. We typically encourage short term radon testing for those who have not tested their home in a while.

Radon Testing Results Aftermath in Norwalk

Norwalk residents have no reason to fear high radon testing results. High radon testing results can be solved by a professional you trust. Now you are dealing with your health, and your family’s health, so it is extremely important to hire a radon company that is local, and trustworthy. S.W.A.T. Environmental has been specializing in radon mitigation since 1988. If your levels are above 4 pCi/L, then give S.W.A.T. Environmental a call for a free quote on a mitigation system from a professional you can trust in the Norwalk area.

If your radon levels are below 4 pCi/L, you may sleep easy at night in your Norwalk home, knowing that your levels are below the danger zone. Remember to schedule radon testing every two to five years to ensure you are safe. So what are you waiting for? Call a professional for radon testing on your Norwalk home today!

Friday, July 27, 2012 @ 07:07 PM
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Waterborne Radon and Its Impact on Norwalk, Connecticut

Radon in Water Norwalk, CTRadon is a naturally occurring, radioactive and cancer-causing gas that could be in your Norwalk, Connecticut home right now, right under your nose. This odorless, tasteless, and transparent killer is responsible for thousands of deaths in the United Stated every year, and excess exposure means putting you and your family at risk for both lung and stomach cancer. Worse yet, while some people have heard of the risks of airborne exposure, radon in water is an issue with which many in the Norwalk area are unfamiliar.

Radon is a decaying form of radium, a byproduct that can be created naturally in rock, soil and sometimes water. Deposits of this element found in the earth surrounding ground water mean that the resulting radon in water has the perfect chance to escape and contaminate that water. When wells later tap into those water supplies, the radon can be pulled into homes along with the water. As the City of Norwalk’s own website notes, many “residents relay on ground water for all or part of their drinking supply.”

While the city has enacted an Aquifer Protection Area Program to protect the land above some of these water sources, this typically only protects from above-ground pollution, not from naturally occurring hazards within the ground itself like radon. Moreover, for the many Norwalk residents who rely on private wells, even this small protection is irrelevant, since it only impacts individuals connected to the public water supply.

How Can My Family Be Harmed by Radon in Water?

Once your ground water has become contaminated with radon, it is not long before it makes its way into your home. At this point, ingestion of the contaminated water, putting you at increased risk for stomach and intestinal cancer, is just the first problem. In addition, typical household chores, from doing dishes, to cooking, to doing laundry, to showering, can all release the waterborne radon into the air. In its gaseous form, radon has been identified as the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States.

Whether you suspect that you have radon in your water or not, it is important that you take the steps necessary to ensure that your Norwalk, Connecticut home is protected. Having your home’s air and water tested for elevated radon levels is the first step. Radon levels higher than 4.0 pCi/L mean that you definitely have a problem.

SWAT Environmental’s radon mitigation and removal specialists are trained in the details of testing the air and water in a house for contamination. As experts in their field, they have the equipment and experience necessary to analyze potential contamination and to recommend the best steps to prevent or remove the problem. Not only will these licensed specialists be able to perform any necessary testing, they will also be able to actually protect your Norwalk home from the dangers of radon in water by installing equipment to remove it if it is present.

Monday, July 2, 2012 @ 04:07 PM
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Radon Abatement SystemsOne of the more common dangerous gasses that a person may encounter is radon. Radon is undetectable to the normal human senses since it is both invisible and odorless. It is also a noble gas, which means it is fairly unreactive in most situations. However, this radioactive gas is a strong carcinogen, or substance that can cause cancer. Since radon gas can be created naturally, it is important that you educate yourself on how to detect it, and what to do if you do detect it in your home.

How Can Radon Abatement Help You?

Radon abatement is the process of clearing a building of radon gas. More specifically, the idea is to dilute the radon gas into the atmosphere, where it becomes harmless. Radon, like many other harmful substances, is only lethal in high concentrations. Depending on the circumstances, there are several ways this radon abatement can be accomplished. You should rely on the expertise of SWAT Environmental’s radon abatement specialists to decide which strategy is best in your home. In most cases, the abatement will involve some combination of sealing the means by which the radon is getting inside, then using a specialized ventilation or pressurization radon abatement system to prevent its reentry and remove the gas already in the house.

What Services Are Part of the Radon Abatement Process?

There are two main categories of services available when you have SWAT Environmental perform a radon abatement in your house. The first, as mentioned above, is simply removing the gas. How this is done and how long it takes will depend on the specific situation in your home. Many people assume that this is the extent of the radon abatement process. In many cases, however, this must be preceded by the arguably more important step of detection. Since human beings cannot detect radon gas on their own, specialized equipment is necessary to determine whether a house has been contaminated by radon. SWAT Environmental’s abatement technicians can handle this professional testing, as well as the actual radon gas removal.

A Final Note on Radon Abatement

The primary danger from extended exposure to high radon gas levels is lung cancer. Since the gas can be inhaled with no immediately noticeable effects, you and your family members might never realize you were being put at risk until it was too late. The gas is not flammable, nor will it cause suffocation or similarly dramatic symptoms. Due to the difficulties in detecting it, and the long term nature of its symptoms, it is vital to run proper checks for radon gas’s presence from time to time. In serious cases, it may be necessary to secure a temporary place to stay or work if toxic levels of radon gas are found. This will give the radon abatement specialists time to remove the gas and to ensure that it will not come back. Proper planning and prevention, however, can keep the situation from ever becoming this serious.