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Monday, April 29, 2013 @ 01:04 PM
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Milwaukee Radon Mitigation Needs

HUD Milwaukee Radon MitigationMilwaukee, WI residents need to be aware of the recent regulations of put in place by HUD. The recent regulations are that multi-family homes that are financed through HUD must be tested for radon gas. Every unit in the multi-family home must be tested in order to stay up with the recent regulations. Additionally, every unit with high levels of radon gas will need to have a Milwaukee radon mitigation system installed.

The first step in removing this gas from your home and staying up with the recent regulations is to have a test. A test is necessary as this gas can come from many sources, and wreck havoc. The only way of determining whether or not this gas is present is through testing. There are two types of testing methods that can be done. The first method is short term testing which can provide accurate results in a week or so. The other method is long term testing which can take slightly longer, but give you a little bit of a clearer picture of whether or not Milwaukee radon mitigation will be needed. Regardless of which test is done on your Milwaukee multi-family home, be sure to have the doors and windows closed through as much of the process as possible to give you the most accurate reading.

Handling Milwaukee Radon Mitigation

Now that you have your test results, you will be able to make an informed choice as to whether further action is needed or not. If your test results show low levels of radon gas, then no further action is required, and your Milwaukee home is safe. If the test results show dangerous levels of radon gas, you will need to have a professional install a mitigation system.

S.W.A.T. Environmental is local to the Milwaukee, WI area, and we have decades of experience working with radon removal. We will be able to properly reduce your levels by as much as 99% through our proven Milwaukee radon mitigation methods. These techniques will help get your home back up to par or better, and make it healthy and easier to breath. Make sure that your home is in good hands with a professional with S.W.A.T. Environmental. We have the certified professionals and years of experience that you need to properly treat your home. We always offer a free quote, so you have nothing to lose.

In case you did not know, more than 20,000 people perish from this gas each year. This makes radon gas one of the most dangerous gases in the nation. As the second leading cause of lung cancer, and killing more than drunk driving, it makes sense why HUD and so many are now making regulations in regard to radon gas. Do not let your Milwaukee multi-family home be an unsafe place to live, and protect your own home as well. Call S.W.A.T. Environmental now.

Friday, March 8, 2013 @ 04:03 PM
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Radon Lung Cancer for Milwaukee Residents

Radon Lung CancerIf you have heard of radon gas before, then you may know of the serious health effects it may cause. Specifically, this gas is known for radon lung cancer. While we often are able to take control of our home safety through having a professional test, and install a mitigation system as needed. This is all great if you own a home in Milwaukee, WI, but many of us rent homes, or apartments, making a radon mitigation system hard to come by. It does not make a lot of sense to invest in a mitigation system if you are planning on moving the following year.

Even though radon lung cancer is a serious health concern in Milwaukee, we do not always take the proper precaution in avoiding this serious problem. Luckily, for many people who rent their home, there may be jurisdiction in place to help reduce the level of radon gas in many homes. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is now making it a requirement that all multi-family homes that are financed through HUD have a radon test.

The American Lung Association Applauds HUD for Radon Lung Cancer Reduction

This is a huge step forward in the process of removing radon gas from homes in the United States. Radon gas affects about one out of every fifteen homes, and this ratio may be much greater in certain areas of the United States. Milwaukee specifically needs to make sure that they test their homes, and it is a big step forward to make sure that all multi-family homes financed through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD, are safe. This gas is odorless, and colorless, meaning that radon testing is the only way to determine if you are being negatively impacted by this gas.

Testing for radon gas is only half of the battle. If your Milwaukee home has high levels, you must have an air purification system installed that will help reduce the levels of the gas. A properly installed air purification system can reduce the levels of radon gas by as much as 99%. HUD has now made it a requirement that all homes financed through them that return a high level of radon gas must have a mitigation system installed. S.W.A.T. Environmental has spent years and years perfecting our methods to provide you with the best service possible. We always offer a free quote, and serve the local Milwaukee and surrounding areas.

This is a huge step forward taken by HUD to reduce the amount of radon gas in many rental properties. The American Lung Association even commended the efforts of HUD on improving the quality of the air in rental properties for Milwaukee, and reducing radon lung cancer. Radon lung cancer is the second leading cause of lung cancer, making this an astonishing accomplishment for all in the Milwaukee area.

Thursday, February 7, 2013 @ 08:02 PM
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Milwaukee Radon Mitigation in Schools is Needed for Safety

Radon Mitigation in Schools in MilwaukeeWhen you go to a school in Milwaukee, WI today, you probably feel safe and healthy. We like to assume that our schools are safe haven learning areas for our children, and are comfortable environments for our teachers and faculty members to work in. With the recent school shootings, there is action being taken through politicians to help safeguard our schools in Milwaukee, and across the nation from having to face such a tragedy again. However, there is not any current action for the radon gas problem that so many schools have.

Radon mitigation in schools could remove gas levels in Milwaukee schools by as much as 99%, however this has not happened. Radon gas is a deadly gas that attacks your body, and eventually will cause lung cancer. Radon forms in the ground where uranium is located, and forms as a byproduct when the uranium breaks down. As this is a gas, it may enter into the homes, schools, and offices spaces extremely easily. Once a Milwaukee home or school is infested, it may easily build up in concentration unless action is taken.

Radon Mitigation in Schools by the Numbers in Milwaukee

One out of every fifteen homes are affected by high levels of radon gas. This ratio is not as high as the number of schools affected. One out of five schools nationwide have high levels of radon gas, which equates to 70,000 schools having high levels of radon gas. Regardless of how this happened, radon gas kills 20,000 people each year from lung cancer. The number of deaths from radon gas outweighs the number of deaths from drunk driving even. We need radon mitigation in schools in Milwaukee if we want to protect our students.

S.W.A.T. Environmental has been specializing in mitigation techniques for decades, and can reduce the levels of gas in your home or school. All of our mitigation experts are trained, certified, and have the experience need to fix the problem. Radon mitigation in schools can reduce the levels by as much as 99%. We are the nation’s largest and most trusted mitigation company, meaning that we can handle your problem no matter how big or how small.

In order to protect our schools in Milwaukee, WI, we need to have a bill passed. Fortunately a bill is being proposed by a member of congress to reduce the levels of radon gas in schools. The grant would provide grant funding for radon testing in schools. This is needed as the gas cannot be seen or smelled, meaning that testing is the only way to determine whether or not our schools are infected. More grant funding would be provided to schools who have high levels of radon gas, for radon mitigation in schools. Help raise national awareness by writing a letter to congress, or simply speaking to a local politician in Milwaukee, WI about the importance of radon mitigation in schools.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013 @ 09:01 PM
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Milwaukee Residents Prepare for Radon Action Month

Radon Action Month Milwaukee WisconsinRadon action month is fast approaching, and Milwaukee, WI residents are setting up their appointments to make their homes radon free. If you have never heard of radon gas, then this is the perfect month to start learning so that you may be reading during radon action month. If you are aware of radon gas, then what are you waiting for? Give S.W.A.T. Environmental a call to schedule an appointment for a mitigation system. And if you already have a mitigation system installed, you may take this time to advocate the dangers of radon gas to your family, friends, and neighbors.

During this month, you will need to learn a little bit about radon gas in order to properly plan your action which you will take. If you have never heard of radon gas before, then let us start where it forms. Radon gas forms in the soil beneath your Milwaukee, WI home, and may invade either your groundwater or your foundation. As this gas seeps through either, it enters your home, and only builds up in concentration.

So why is radon gas dangerous, and why should you take action during radon action month in Milwaukee? Radon is dangerous because it kills more people than drunk driving on a yearly basis. In addition, 15% of all lung cancer cases are caused by radon gas. These are compelling statistics that make many take action to protect their home immediately. Who would want to expose themselves or loved ones to such an increased risk of cancer, and other health risks? Do the right thing and take action this radon action month.

Milwaukee Takes Action in Radon Action Month

The first thing you need to do this radon action month is to have a professional conduct a test to determine whether or not your home is at risk. This gas is both odorless and colorless, meaning the only way you will be able to determine whether or not you are at risk is by having a professional test your home. If you have low levels, then you will not have to take further action, and only retest your home in a year or so. If your levels are high, take action for your Milwaukee home and contact us during radon action month.

Radon action month is the perfect time to contact a professional mitigation company to reduce the levels in your home. S.W.A.T. Environmental has years of experience in dealing with this gas, and can properly reduce the levels of your home by as much as 99%. We are certified and have decades of experience, so you know you are dealing with an excellent company. Do not risk the health of your Milwaukee home with a questionable mitigation company. Protect your Milwaukee home this radon action month by contacting S.W.A.T. Environmental for a free quote on a new mitigation system.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012 @ 04:12 PM
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Milwaukee, WI Radon Gas Mitigation Needs

Radon Gas Mitigation Milwaukee, MNLiving in Milwaukee, WI, we often assume that only cigarette smoke is harmful to our lungs. As children, we are often told in school how horrible cigarette smoke is for our health. Programs such as D.A.R.E. educate us of their harm, and convince us not to smoke. Of course, there are still numerous people who engage in the risk of smoking cigarettes.

Recent studies have shown that 16% of all lung cancer cases are not caused by smoking, but a specific, different problem. That 16% is all caused by radon gas. For many Madison, WI residents, radon gas is not something that is taken as seriously as it should be. Let’s face it, radon gas is hardly ever mentioned in the news or media. Smoking and drunk driving are two deadly concerns for America, but did you know that radon gas actually kills more annually than drunk driving? Every single year, 20,000 people die because of radon gas.

Radon gas effects one out of every fifteen homes. Living in Madison, this ratio may be even greater as we know that depending on the area, there may be higher concentrations of radon gas. It is important to note that even if your home is not located near radon, it may be subject to high levels as building materials and water supplies may become infected, and enter your home.

Radon Gas Mitigation Process for Madison, WI

The Madison, WI radon gas mitigation process is a path that you may or may not have to enter. Radon gas is odorless and colorless, meaning it is absolutely impossible for you to smell or see it. Because you are unable to know whether or not you are being affected, a radon test is necessary in order to determine the levels which may occur. A professional can conduct radon testing for you, or you can do it yourself. Even if radon testing shows low or no levels of radon, many families make a conscious decision to go ahead and install a radon gas mitigation system anyways in order to properly mitigate their home should any radon ever enter it.

Once you have your testing results, it will be easier for you to decide whether or not radon gas mitigation is needed. If your Madison home has high levels of radon gas, then your mind should already be made up that you need a professional to install a radon gas mitigation system. Choosing the right company for your radon gas mitigation is important, as your health is what is truly at risk. When you give a call to our office, you know you are speaking with a Milwaukee, WI local who can provide you the information you need to handle your radon problem. We have over two decades of experience in radon gas mitigation, and we would like to give your home the quality treatment it deserves. Call us today.

Friday, October 26, 2012 @ 08:10 PM
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Milwaukee Air Quality

Indoor Air Quality in WisconsinOctober is national Air Quality Awareness Month, meaning during this month, Milwaukee residents should educate themselves, and take action against poor air quality. Milwaukee may seem like a place that is not at the same risk level of other regions, but poor air quality can happen in all of the United States, and even occur in areas where there are no power plants or heavy traffic.

What type of air pollution am I referring to? There are two main types of pollution, indoor and outdoor. One of the major causes of indoor pollution is radon gas. Radon gas is known to kill 22,000 each year nationally. Milwaukee residents must be on high alert for radon gas, as it can occur anywhere in which uranium is present. Uranium breaks down to form radon in the soil beneath your home. The radon gas can seep through your Milwaukee home’s foundation, and into your living area. Although the soil is the most common area for radon gas, it may also enter through the water supply or several other areas.

Outdoor Air Quality in Milwaukee

Outdoor air quality is a serious health concern killing over 1 million each year. It is hard not to mention that the outdoor air quality contributes to the nearly two million deaths each year because of indoor air quality. There are four major concerns of outdoor air quality. These are poor ground level ozone, particle pollution, carbon monoxide, and sulfur dioxide. The source of these pollutants are forest fires, vehicle pollution, power plants, burning of oil or coal, residential burning, and several other sources.

While you may feel that outdoor air quality does not affect you because you stay indoors, it still can get inside. The way to mitigate this problem is with proper ventilation of an air purification system. S.W.A.T. Environmental has provided quality service for decades, reducing the air pollutants, and radon gas from Milwaukee homes with proven methods.

If you want to instantaneously view the air quality of the Milwaukee area, the EPA has created the air quality index which summarizes the air quality in a number from 0 to 500. 0 to 50 indicates a safe level of air quality, but anything above 50 indicates some health risks. If you notice the air quality index displaying levels above 50, you should stay inside to avoid these health risks.

Radon gas and pollutants are a real concern. Do not keep risking your family’s health by letting radon gas or poor air quality to enter your lungs. A proper air purification system can prevent this, and may be more affordable than you think. We have the certifications and years of experience to get the job done correctly. We offer a free quote, so you have nothing to lose. Take action during the month of air quality awareness, and contact your local Milwaukee S.W.A.T. Environmental.

Friday, September 21, 2012 @ 01:09 PM
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Milwaukee Proud of Local Leading Radon Reduction Company

Inc. 5000 SWAT Environmental Radon Reduction MilwaukeeA gas has been discovered to kill over 20,000 people each year, yet many Americans are still not aware of this gas. The nation has finally started to catch on, as S.W.A.T. Environmental install over 10,000 radon reduction systems last year to help reduce this annual death toll. This local, Milwaukee, WI company has just received national recognition as one of the nation’s fastest growing companies, recognized by the prestigious Inc Magazine. Currently, S.W.A.T. Environmental is on pace for $12 million of revenue for the year of 2012.

While our growth rate is extremely impressive, we believe this speaks volumes about the nation’s need for radon reduction. Obviously, at the rate of in excess of 20,000 deaths per year, Milwaukee residents, and the rest of America should continue to take this gas as a serious health threat. 8 million homes are estimated to have above normal levels of radon gas. This equates to roughly one out of every fifteen homes, meaning that there is a good chance your Milwaukee home is breeding lung cancer.

Choose S.W.A.T. Environmental for Radon Reduction in Milwaukee, WI

Radon reduction is the process used in order to reduce the levels of harmful radon gas in your Milwaukee home. Many companies may offer radon reduction as a service, but there are a few things you need to remember before hiring someone to enter your Milwaukee home.

First, it is important to realize that radon gas can only be detected by testing. Odorless and colorless, there is no way a human is able to know whether or not your home is in danger. Although you may have had a test report negative results, it is imperative to test repeatedly every several years. Do not have a contractor install a radon mitigation system before you test your Milwaukee home, and have determined that radon gas is present.

Secondly, you should ensure that the company you are hiring has the necessary certificates and years of experience. We have been in the radon reduction industry for over two decades, and have all the required certifications to properly remove radon gas from your home. We do not do plumbing, roofing, or other repair work, but strictly radon reduction. This allows us to specialize, and rather than be a jack of all trades, we are a master of radon reduction.

Lastly, you will know when you call your local Milwaukee S.W.A.T. Environmental that we are concerned about your health. We will take the time to explain our process, and answer any questions you may have. We have representatives standing by, and a toll free number. We always provide a free estimate on radon reduction so that you have nothing to lose. We do not pressure you into making a decision, and our staff is always friendly. With nothing to lose, give us a call today and have a professional test your Milwaukee, WI home for radon gas.

Friday, August 31, 2012 @ 01:08 PM
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Why Radon Testing is needed in Your Milwaukee Home

Radon Testing Milwaukee WisconsinMilwaukee, WI is often known for its beer manufacturing, but something else it is getting more recognition for is radon gas. Radon gas is a naturally occurring element, but has been proven to cause lung cancer, and claim the lives of over 20,000 per year in the united states alone. Radon may enter your home in a variety of ways, seeping up through the soil into your water supply, through your foundation, through your basement, or a variety of other ways.

Colorless, and odorless, there is no detecting it without radon testing. Radon testing is the only way determine whether or not your Milwaukee home has safe gas levels. Many general contractors may offer you radon testing, but it is important to choose a specialist that has the experience and knowledge to design the best testing program for you. Ninety day testing programs are considered long term, and generally speaking are much more accurate than short term testing. If you desire an immediate estimate of your radon levels, short term radon testing should be able to suffice. No matter what type of radon testing you choose, it is important to remember that your home should be tested for radon every two to five years, no matter what your previous readings were.

Commercial and Real Estate Radon Testing

Spending over eight hours a day at work, it is just as important to administer radon testing for your place of work. Many business owners spend nearly a hundred hours at work each week. If your business has been infested with radon, your health could be diminishing without testing or a mitigation system. Just as residential testing goes, it is important to hire a specialist who is aware of all the proper radon testing methods and procedures for your Milwaukee business.

We are often approached by real estate agents for radon testing as it can help increase the value of a home or sell a Milwaukee home much quicker. When you think about it, we require mold inspections, termite inspections, and inspections for nearly every other thing that could cause harm to our home or family. Providing a potential homebuyer with a clean slate of radon helps ensure that you are selling a safe Milwaukee home, and gives you a leg up on your competition.

Handling Radon Testing Results in Milwaukee

It can be devastating news to find out that you have been inhaling a cancer causing gas, but luckily there is no need to panic. The nation’s largest radon mitigation company is S.W.A.T. Environmental, and they have the experience, certifications, and knowledge to properly provide mitigation. As specialists, they can read your radon testing results, and develop a custom air purification system solution that best fits your Milwaukee home’s needs. A new mitigation system may be a lot cheaper than you think. Peace of mind is only a phone call away, so call now, and safeguard you and your family’s health.

Thursday, July 19, 2012 @ 08:07 PM
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Radon in Water Releases Radioactive Particles

Radon in Water Milwaukee WisconsinAn unseen danger could be lurking in your home, contaminating the air and water that you and your family are now using. Many Milwaukee residents are surprised to discover that they have high levels of radon in the water that flows out of their faucets. If radon has contaminated your water, whether from a private well or a public water system, the gas is going to be released every time you use the water in your house. This means that each time you take a shower or drink a glass of water you expose yourself to more and more unnecessary and harmful radiation.

Radon is a radioactive gas that has the potential to cause a variety of serious health conditions. The gas has no color, taste or odor. Its radioactive particles are simply released into the atmosphere of unsuspecting homes with absolutely no warning signs that will alert you to the unseen danger it poses.

Waterborne Radon is a Naturally Occurring Substance

Houses in the northern regions of the United States tend to be particularly vulnerable to contamination by high levels of radon, including waterborne radon. This is believed to be the result of specific geological formations below the surface of the earth. As rocks in the soil begin to erode and break down, radon is often one of the by-products released into the environment.

As radon is released from beneath the ground, the gas begins to seep into the air. It can also find its way into the wells and water systems that are connected to homes and businesses. Exposure to this radioactive material can lead to numerous health problems, including lung cancer. Researchers have stated that the dangers and risks posed by radon have been underestimated by most government organizations. Wisconsin is one of only nine states in the U.S. to enact regulations that target the problem of environmental radon. Wisconsin is also the only state that has decided to actively address the problems associated with radon in water systems.

Radon in Water in Milwaukee, Wisconsin is a Serious Matter

Although the EPA sets the standards for acceptable levels of most contaminants in water, it has not yet established a definite standard for radon (although the process to determine one is underway). It is now known that radon can be far more deadly than most of the other water contamination hazards, but action has still been frustratingly slow on a national level to combat this very real threat to public health.

Therefore, you must take responsibility for protecting your own health by having the radon levels in the water in your home tested regularly. If it proves to contain excessive amounts of radon, SWAT Environmental can handle the installation of any necessary aeration and filtration systems to keep your home and family safe from radon gas.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012 @ 04:06 PM
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The Threat of Radon Gas is a Real Concern in Milwaukee

Milwaukee, Wisconsin Radon AbatementRadon is a colorless, odorless radioactive gas. It occurs naturally as a side effect of the gradual decay of the uranium found within the ground. Radon is a dense gas that can permeate and cling to many different types of materials. Most importantly, it is a carcinogen that can be easily inhaled and has been identified as putting individuals — both smokers and non-smokers — at a high risk for lung cancer. Milwaukee and the surrounding region tend to be particularly prone to the development of radon gas.

The Dangers of Radon Gas and the Need for Radon Abatement

The state of Wisconsin has attempted to boost awareness of the dangers of radon gas through the Wisconsin Health Department and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as well as through organizations and companies like SWAT Environmental that specialize in ensuring that homes are protected from radon contamination. These sources can provide a better understanding of the radon abatement measures that need to be taken in order to keep homes and other dwellings radon-free.

For example, the Wisconsin Health Department offers a radiation protection program. This program highlights environmental monitoring, which the state conducts to gauge radiation emissions that may be released around its five nuclear power plants. In addition, businesses like SWAT Environmental specialize in testing for the presence of radon in both residential homes and commercial buildings, and abating it when it is found. Finally, the EPA ensures that the appropriate steps are taken to protect the environment.

Tasks in Radon Abatement

Home testing kits can be an inexpensive way to check that the air inside your home is fresh and radon free. However, SWAT Environmental can handle the testing as well if you wish to ensure that your results are completely accurate. If either test shows excessive radon levels inside the building, you will need to move forward with the radon abatement process.

The radon abatement process itself can be accomplished in several ways. Ensuring that the home stays well ventilated is important, as is the sealing of any cracks found along its foundation walls. Specialized equipment to regulate air pressure may be necessary as well.

The Need for Radon Abatement

Every home is different; therefore, so are the levels of maintenance required to ensure that it stays free of radon gas contamination. What is not negotiable, however, is whether abatement is necessary in a house that is infested with radon gas. Since radon exposure is so dangerous to a person’s health, and since the gas is naturally created and therefore will not go away on its own, you must take steps to protect your family as soon as you realize there is a problem. Due to the radon risk in and around Milwaukee, testing for radon gas, and having radon abatement performed if necessary, will afford you peace of mind and assurance that the air you and your family breathe in your Milwaukee home is clean and carcinogen-free.