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Thursday, April 18, 2013 @ 05:04 PM
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Nashville Radon Mitigation Concerns

HUD Nashville Radon MitigationIf you heard about last month’s article, then you are probably aware of the new updates to the HUD regulation. The new updates to the HUD regulation are requiring Nashville radon mitigation in any multi-family home that is financed through HUD which ahs high levels of radon gas. The new regulation requires all units in multi-family homes to be tested, and a radon mitigation system installed on any unit with high levels of radon gas.

The concern with this gas stems from the numerous deaths that occur each and every year nationwide. No matter where you live in the United States, radon gas may be affecting you. As the second leading cause of lung cancer, radon gas is a growing concern for many Americans. More people die from Radon gas than drunk driving, or numerous other things. This has put radon gas as one of the most serious threats for Americans, and made HUD take action in regulating all homes that it provides financing too.

Handling Nashville Radon Mitigation

In order to properly handle your radon situation, you will need to hire a professional to test your Nashville home. Testing is the only way to know for sure whether or not action will be required in your home, such as a Nashville radon mitigation system. Once testing is complete, you will have a much better idea of this.

There are two types of tests that can be conducted. A short term test will only take a week or less to complete and will give you a great idea of whether or not further action is required. A long term test may take a month or more to complete, but this test will boast slightly more accurate results. Regardless of what test you choose to do, make sure that you have a professional conduct it. Once you have your results, you will be able to take matters into your own hands. Testing is so important as this gas is both invisible and cannot be smelled. Keep your windows and doors shut for as much of this process as possible in order to obtain the most accurate results.

A professional at S.W.A.T. Environmental should be able to provide you with all of the Nashville radon mitigation you need. Our professionals are local to Nashville, and we have been providing mitigation for several decades. This means we are the preferred choice when it comes to Nashville radon mitigation. We are able to pinpoint your radon problem, and have a mitigation system installed that can dramatically reduce your levels of gas. With a mitigation system installed, you will be breathing clean air in no time. Make for certain that your Nashville home is up to the most recently guidelines set in place, and have a professional at S.W.A.T. Environmental make for sure that your home is a safe place to be living.

Friday, March 8, 2013 @ 03:03 PM
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HUD Fights Radon Lung Cancer in Nasvhille

Radon Lung CancerThe 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.

Thursday, February 7, 2013 @ 07:02 PM
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Radon Mitigation in Schools is a Must

Radon Mitigation in Schools in NashvilleRadon mitigation in schools is required if we want to make sure that everyone in Nashville, TN involved in the education system is safe. We know that with all of the recent, tragic shootings across the nation, there are numerous gun laws in talks. Despite all of these gun laws, a dangerous gas known radon has infiltrated numerous schools across the nation, and in the Nashville area, threatening the lives of millions of children, teachers, and faculty.

Radon gas affects one out of every five schools nationwide, which means that 70,000 schools have elevated radon gas levels, and are in need of mitigation. Every single year 20,000 people die from radon gas causing lung cancer. Of all lung cancer patients, one out of every seven have radon gas as the cause. It is pretty apparent to all Nashville residents that radon is a serious threat to the health of many, and without radon mitigation in schools, we are bound to let this large number of avoidable deaths continue.

Radon Mitigation in Schools in Nashville is Needed

If you live in the Nashville area, then you need to support a recent bill that has been proposed by a congressman from Iowa. If passed, this bill will provide the much needed funding for radon testing in all of the public schools across the United States. Schools in Nashville and across the nation that have high levels of gas will receive additional funding for mitigation. This is a streamlined process that assures all schools will get the highest level of health safety while effectively providing funding only where needed. In addition, no funding is coming out of the education budget, which ensures Nashville schools are operating to provide the best possible education.

Radon gas forms from the uranium in the Nashville soil that breaks down. When the uranium breaks down, the gas forms and may seep into small spaces through the foundation, or enter through a variety of other methods. The gas may enter its way through the water supply, or through materials used to construct Nashville schools. No matter how the gas enters, radon mitigation in schools is the only way to ensure that all Nashville students are being provided a safe learning environment, and that teachers and faculty can rest assured about long term health effects of the school.

S.W.A.T. Environmental has the skill set and knowledge to properly complete radon mitigation in schools. With a mitigation system properly installed, we can reduce the levels of schools in Nashville by as much as 99%. This means that we can turn a terribly dangerous school into a good learning environment for all. Act now, and write to your local politicians in Nashville to tell them to help raise awareness for radon mitigation in schools. You may even want to write a member of congress and tell them to support this bill. Let all Nashville students, teachers, and faculty breathe clean air.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013 @ 09:01 PM
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Nashville Prepares for Radon Action Month

Radon Action Month Nashville, TennesseeRadon action month is coming up shortly, and you should prepare to take the necessary action for your Nashville, TN home. Radon is often assumed to only affect northern homes, or homes with basements, but this is not the truth. Radon affects one out of every fifteen homes across the United States. New studies have also shown that approximately one out of every seven lung cancer cases are caused by radon gas. This means that you could go through your whole life never touching a cigarette, only to be diagnosed with lung cancer.

If you have never had your Nashville, TN home tested for radon, or if you need a mitigation system, now is the perfect time to have a professional at S.W.A.T. Environmental provide the needed service to your home. If you want to continue to breathe harmful gas, or stay uncertain of whether or not your Nashville home is affected, then do not take action. If you want to avoid lung cancer by taking a stand against this horrible gas during radon action month, then you need S.W.A.T. Environmental.

Taking Action in Radon Action Month in Nashville

During radon action month there are a number of actions that you can complete. The first action you should complete is testing your Nashville home for levels of radon gas. If your home does not have high levels, then no further action is required. You will only have to retest your Nashville home in a year or so. If your Nashville home is infested with radon, you will need to contact a professional to reduce your levels.

If your Nashville home has high levels of radon gas, then call a professional this radon action month. Do not hesitate any longer, and take a stand for your health and well being. A professional is waiting to answer any questions you may have about a new mitigation system. We have over two decades of experience, and all the certifications necessary to successfully reduce your radon gas levels. If properly installed, we may reduce your radon levels by as much as 99%. Do not trust your health and safety with a company that does not have the experience or knowledge of the area like S.W.A.T. Environmental. We always offer a free quote, and will gladly take the time to answer any questions you may have.

If your Nashville home already has a mitigation system installed, then you can be an advocate to the dangers of radon gas. With over 20,000 people dying each year because of radon, there needs to be more of an effort for advocacy this radon action month. If your home has high levels of gas, it is probably a smart choice to share this information with your neighbor. Do not let family and loved ones go without a needed mitigation system. Take action this radon action month.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012 @ 03:12 PM
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Nashville Homes Concerned with Lung Cancer

Radon Gas Mitigation Nashville, TNWe all know that cigarettes cause lung cancer, but would you have ever thought that your Nashville home could be the cause of lung cancer? In fact, in more than one out of every seven cases of lung cancer, the home is actually the cause of lung cancer. Recent studies show that radon gas is responsible for 16% of all lung cancer cases.

The statistics are truly astounding. Each year, more people perish because of radon gas than drunk driving. Over 20,000 people die each year because of lung cancer caused by radon gas, and one out of every fifteen homes in America are estimated to have above acceptable levels, meaning that this number could continue to rise without proper intervention.

Radon Gas Mitigation in Nashville, TN

In order to properly mitigate radon gas from your home, you must first understand how it enters your home. You are not aware whether or not the gas has already made its way in, as the gas is invisible to the naked eye, and cannot be smelled. The only way to know for sure whether or not your home is at a high risk is with radon testing. Even with radon testing, you may still want to get a radon gas mitigation system even if your levels are low. With a radon gas mitigation system, you are sure to be able to breathe easy, and not have to worry about the troubles of radon gas.

Radon gas will creep into your Nashville home through several possible methods. The creation of radon begins in the soil. When uranium which is naturally in your soil breaks down naturally, it forms radon gas. Because this is a natural process, and uranium occurs organically, there is nothing that can be done in order to avoid high concentrations, but these high concentrations may be removed from your home.

As the radon forms, it will creep into your home through small cracks and spaces in the foundation. Radon may even enter your water supply and enter your home through this way. This means even if your home is not on a pile of uranium, but your water supply draws from ground water that is, then you may be in trouble.

Expert Radon Gas Mitigation in Nashville

Protecting your home from this killing chemical requires someone who knows the ins and outs of it. You do not want to risk the health of your family, friends, or even yourself up to someone who claims to know a lot about radon. This is something that should be handled by a professional as soon as possible. When you call S.W.A.T. Environmental, you are contacting a company that has been in the radon gas mitigation industry for over two decades, and has all the current certifications necessary to properly reduce your radon levels. Do not risk your health. Contact S.W.A.T. Environmental today.

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

Nashville Indoor Air QualityIf you are a resident of Nashville, TN, you may have heard of radon gas, or the other threatening pollutants that affect the indoor and outdoor air quality. Air quality in the Nashville area is something that has come under great scrutiny lately, but what better time to take action than during air quality awareness month this October. Residents of Nashville can educate themselves on the dangers of pollutants, take action against for the pollutants in their home, or advocate these thoughts and actions to friends.

Indoor air quality is something that many of us can control, but unfortunately so few of us do. While the outdoor air quality can be impacted by our efforts of creating less pollution or planting trees, our indoor air quality may be improved through radon mitigation systems, or air purification systems that remove harmful gases from our homes.

Every year two million people perish because of poor air quality. One of the large factors of poor indoor air quality in Tennessee is radon gas. Radon gas occurs in the soil beneath your home, but may also be in your water supply, or the building materials used to construct your home. This gas can seep through your foundation or enter your home through other means.

Radon gas can seriously damage your health, causing lung cancer, or other health problems. Luckily S.W.A.T. Environmental can provide radon mitigation, improving the air quality of your home by reducing radon levels by as much as 99%. During this month, you can call us toll free for a free quote on having one of our certified professionals installing our radon mitigation systems in your Nashville, TN home.

Outdoor Air Quality in Nashville, TN

Nashville residents may also be affected by poor outdoor air quality. Outdoor air quality kills in excess of one million each year. Nashville residents are lucky, because now you may view the overall air quality as rated by the EPA almost instantaneously. The EPA has created the air quality index which sets a value between 0 and 500 which rates the health risks that you may experience.

Any score between 0 and 50 is considered safe air for all Nashville residents to breath. Unfortunately, there are several regions at the current moment which have levels greater than 50. These levels in excess of fifty indicate health risks that we are all subject to. Ways to avoid these health risks include staying inside, but remember it is important that your indoor air quality is safe as well.

Carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, particle pollution, and ground level ozone are four of the main contributing factors to outdoor air pollution. Nashville residents can take control of their air quality this month by calling S.W.A.T. Environmental for an air purification system. If you have already had an air purification system installed, we encourage you to share the dangers of poor air quality with a friend. Take control this month, and call us for a solution.

Thursday, September 20, 2012 @ 08:09 PM
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Nashville Residents Vote S.W.A.T. Environmental for Radon Reduction

Inc. 5000 Tennessee Radon Reduction CompanyNashville homeowners and business owners have put their support in S.W.A.T. Environmental for radon reduction. We have just been recognized by the leading business source, Inc Magazine, as one of the fastest growing companies in America. In the past three years alone, we have hired sixty five employees, and seen growth of 155%. Over the past ten years, we saw growth of 3000%, growing from a one person radon reduction company to having over one hundred employees.

While our growth is impressive, we could not have accomplished this without the help of the great citizens of Nashville, TN. We encourage you to continue to share your knowledge of radon gas, and the dangers that it can cause to your health. We feel honored to be able to provide such great radon reduction services to your Nashville home, and hope to continue to serve the Nashville community for many years to come.

Not Your Ordinary Nashville Radon Reduction Company

We have been pioneering the radon reduction industry since 1988. You may wonder why this matters. This means that we have proven methods we have been using for decades that Nashville residents have seen great success in. Whenever you hire a radon reduction company, you should make sure they have the years of experience and necessary certifications to properly install your mitigation system. A properly installed mitigation system may reduce your levels by as much as 99%, so it is imperative that you have a qualified company provide your Nashville home with radon reduction.

When you call into S.W.A.T. Environmental, you know you are speaking with a knowledgeable representative that wants to inform you more about radon gas. Rather than a pushy salesman, we know the importance of understanding what you are purchasing, and that is why we take the time to explain radon gas, and how it may intrude your Nashville home.

Radon gas kills 21,000 people each year, which exceeds the death toll of drunk driving. On top of this, there is no way of knowing whether or not your home is affected without a radon test. It is estimated that roughly 8 million homes have above normal levels of radon gas. A radon test may be completed in as little as two days, or as long as three months, depending on whether you have a short term or long term radon test. Even if your Nashville home has been tested before, it is important to repeat testing every two to five years to ensure that your home has remained radon free. If your Nashville home has over 4.0 pCi/L of radon gas, then radon reduction is needed. You can call us toll free at 1-800-NO-RADON to receive a free quote on radon reduction for your Nashville home. You have nothing to lose and only your health to gain, so schedule a test on your Nashville home A.S.A.P. and see why the nation chose S.W.A.T. Environmental for radon reduction.

Friday, August 31, 2012 @ 01:08 PM
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The Importance of Radon Testing in Nashville, TN

Radon Testing Nashville TennesseeNashville is known for its music, but what many residents are not aware of is the deadly impact of radon gas. Radon is a natural occurring element that is known to cause lung cancer. Over 20,000 people are killed each year due to lung cancer caused by this horrible gas. With many ways to enter your home, radon can be a silent killer, but fortunately it does not have to be this way. Radon testing in Nashville can provide the information you need as to whether or not your home is affected by this horrible gas.

Not only is radon gas horrible for you and your family’s health, but in this housing market, homebuyers are able to pick and choose which home they want. If two homes are equal, and one is radon free, it is an easy decision for the homebuyer to select the home that is radon free. This same principal goes for if you are selling a home. Providing a home with a mitigation system installed, or with a radon test of low levels can help you purchase or sell a safe home quickly and easily in the Nashville, TN area.

Coal miners used to use canaries to determine whether or not a mine had dangerous levels of gas, but this method cannot be used with radon as the damage caused takes time. Similar to methane and other deadly gases, radon is colorless and odorless, meaning that radon testing is the only way to be certain of your vapor levels.

Radon Testing Results in Nashville

Your radon testing results may come back with a safe level of vapor in your home, but this is not always the case. More often than not, Nashville homes return positive results of gas, meaning further action is required. Luckily, the nation’s largest radon mitigation company, S.W.A.T. Environmental, is located in Nashville, Tennessee. S.W.A.T. Environmental can install a mitigation system which can dramatically lower your vapor levels to a safe range. Once the air purification system is installed, shortly you will be able to breathe clean air. Knowing you are not inhaling a gas which causes lung cancer will be a huge relief to you and your family.

Ongoing Radon Testing

If your home returns safe levels of vapor intrusion, then you are not in need of a mitigation system. It is important to remember that even though your home is safe now, it may not be a few years down the line. Radon testing is necessary every two to five years. While there is a short term test which only takes two to seven days, we highly recommend long term testing in the fall months. long term radon testing takes roughly three months, but provides the most accurate readings. The fall months are recommended as it is recommended to close your doors and windows for the majority of the testing. Although radon testing is recommended in the fall months, radon testing may be completed year round. Contact S.W.A.T. Environmental today for a free quote on radon testing and mitigation.

Friday, July 27, 2012 @ 03:07 PM
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Nashville’s Waterborne Radon Blues

Radon in Water Nashville, TNNestled in picturesque Tennessee, in a city known for its music, a silent killer lurks in Nashville’s water supply. Waterborne radon is a problem in cities across the nation, not just Nashville. The good news is that local residents can easily detect and eliminate the dangers posed by radon in water.

The city is at risk because the soil around Nashville contains radioactive rocks. Over time, these rocks decay and leak radioactive radon into the soil. This gradually leads to the contamination of ground water, and leaves water supplies — especially those from wells — at risk. This silent killer is invisible, tasteless and odorless. Waterborne radon is eventually released into the air inside the house, increases the amount of gas that home contains, and therefore the risk to the home’s residents.

As with any health hazards, myths have developed about radon. One myth is that scientists are not sure of the danger caused by radon exposure. However, the fact is that there have been clear links for some time between inhaling radon and lung cancer. Another popular myth is that one home is sure to be safe if a neighboring house is found to not contain excessively high radon levels. Actually, every home is different and needs individual testing.

The Danger of Exposure to Radon in Water

If your home receives its drinking water comes from a large lake or water reservoir, the chances of danger from radon in water is lower because the radon tends to filters into the outside air. However, homes that get their drinking water from private wells are at a higher risk. Airborne radon can seep into a home through cracks in its walls and floors. When this airborne radon combines with radon released into the air by the home’s water supply, dangerous levels can quickly result. In fact, radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers. Up to 22,000 lung cancer deaths each year are caused by exposure to radon; it can take years after the initial exposure for the consequences to be fully felt.

Fighting Radon in Water

If testing finds radon in your home’s water supply, SWAT Environmental can deal with the problem. An aeration system will generally be the most effective means of removing the gas from your home’s water. For extra protection, you may also need carbon filtration systems as well.

The state of Tennessee is taking a progressive fight against radon by developing a program to help prevent the buildup of radon inside residential buildings. They have established additional guidelines for public buildings. Waterborne radon in Nashville’s water supply is a serious threat, so visit the state’s website for further information. Officials encourage everyone to test their home for radon; by doing so, you can avoid the health risk created by radon in water and make sure that you and your family will not be singing the “Waterborne Radon Blues.”

Monday, July 2, 2012 @ 07:07 PM
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Radon Abatement to Protect Your Nashville Home

Tennessee Radon Abatement
Radon is such a dangerous substance that finding it in your Nashville home can be a very scary experience. This potentially deadly radioactive gas can even cause lung cancer if its levels are allowed to accumulate to sufficiently high levels. Homes in Nashville, Tennessee and the surrounding region are at a particularly high risk for this problem.

The bad news is that you cannot see, smell or taste radon gas when it builds up inside your home. Regardless, high levels of radon have been the cause of many deaths — both in Nashville, Tennessee and around the world. Most dangerously, lung cancer is a widespread condition in people who breathe air that contains significant levels of radon gas. As a matter of fact, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States; smoking is the number one cause. People that smoke and live in a home that is contaminated with radon are at a much higher risk of developing lung cancer. Radon abatement can ensure you’re protected against this.

Radon Abatement and Testing

Radon is a side effect of the breakdown of uranium, which is an element that is naturally found in water, soil and rocks. In some locations, only one home in a neighborhood will contain radon gas, while in others multiple homes will be contaminated. The radon often gets into the home through cracks in its foundation, as well as through its well water in some cases. Any and every home in Nashville can contain high radon levels and should be tested. At last check, an average of one out of every 15 homes in the Nashville area contained dangerously high levels of radon. You must rely on radon testing to determine how much, if any, radon your home contains. You can purchase a home radon abatement kit or you can rely on SWAT Environmental to do the testing for you. 

Radon Abatement Systems

If your home has been tested for radon and is determined to contain excessively high levels of the gas, you should have SWAT Environmental install a radon abatement system in your house as soon as possible. This will lower the level of radon by about 99 percent. It may be a minor inconvenience to have the system put in, but because of the risk of health problems to you and your family, it is well worth it. 

Radon Abatement and the Water Supply

Often, the radon will also be found in the water supply that goes into your house. When this happens, the soil suction method and other kinds of mitigation that are used for the soil-based radon are not going to be sufficient on their own. To deal with water-based radon, specialized filters will have to be installed at the water’s entry points. Additional filters will also need to be added to the final water sources in your house, such as the faucets in the sinks, to ensure that there are no traces of radon in the water you use for cooking, drinking and washing.