Archive for March, 2013
HUD Fights Radon Lung Cancer in Nasvhille
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is taking action in Nashville, TN and nationwide, to improve the safety of homes through reducing radon lung cancer. This comes from a strong push of a coalition of government organizations to improve the safety and health of homes nationwide. The other organizations include the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD, is now making it a mandatory requirement that all multi-family homes that are financed through HUD must have a radon test. The testing is so important as radon gas cannot be seen or smelled, and is known for causing lung cancer. Also, any multi-family homes that are financed through HUD will need to have a radon mitigation system installed if their home indicates high levels of gas.
Nashville, TN residents should be extremely pleased with these efforts. If you have ever rented a home in Nashville, then you will know that you may or may not be receiving the level of safety you deserve. Landlords in Nashville do not always see eye to eye with tenants in regard to protecting them, or providing the level of safety that is deserved. With the help of HUD, now radon lung cancer rates will be reduced through required regulation.
The Risk of Radon Lung Cancer in Nashville
It is important to note the full dangers of radon gas. Over 20,000 people die from radon gas on an annual basis, making it more dangerous than drunk driving. As the second leading cause of lung cancer, the American Lung Association is very proud of the action taken by S.W.A.T. Environmental in reducing the gas levels in the home. We know that we are improving the safety of homes with every mitigation system installed, and hope our efforts continue to go towards those in need.
Radon gas forms in the soil and is an invisible, odorless, radioactive gas. The testing in Nashville is so important as the gas cannot otherwise be determined to be present or not. The gas forms when uranium breaks down. Uranium is naturally occurring in the soil beneath homes, and its break down is a natural process. As the gas breaks down, the byproduct is radon. Radon seeps through the foundation, causing build up and eventually radon lung cancer.
If you are threatened by radon lung cancer, you do not need to panic. S.W.A.T. Environmental has the years of experience, and area specific knowledge to handling this gas in the Nashville area. Contact a professional today, and we will work with you and your home in reducing the gas levels. We are more than ecstatic with the strong stance HUD has taken, and value they have put on the health and safety of those in Nashville, and across the nation.
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