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Thursday, April 18, 2013 @ 06:04 PM
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Beckley Radon Mitigation from HUD

HUD Beckley Radon MitigationIf you own a multi-family home in Beckley, WV then everything is about to change. You are now required to have a radon test for every unit in a multi-family home that is financed through HUD. If a test returns high levels of radon gas, then a Beckley radon mitigation system must be installed in order to reduce these gas levels. Although we covered the issues more in depth last month, this month we are focusing on the requirements of handling radon gas appropriately with a certified specialist.

The reason radon gas has become such as focus of HUD and other organizations is the annual number of deaths caused by radon gas. Each year over 20,000 people die from this gas, making it one of the most dangerous gases in America. The process of lung cancer from radon gas is slow, and not immediate. This is one of the reasons this gas has became known as the silent killer. Much like asbestos, medical discoveries of the danger level of this gas have came later than the results of thousands upon thousands of deaths. Now is the time that laws are becoming stricter in order to help protect Beckley residents, and Americans.

Handling Beckley Radon Mitigation

If you are going to properly reduce the levels of radon gas in your Beckley home, the first thing you will need to do is have a radon test. A radon test is necessary as this gas cannot be seen or smelled. This means the only way you can fully determine whether or not this gas has entered your home is through having a test. The first type of test you should be aware of is a long term test. A long term test will provide accurate test results within a few months. A short term test may provide accurate test results within about a week. While the long term test is deemed slightly more accurate, either will work for Beckley radon mitigation. Once you have a better idea of what is going on in your Beckley home, you will be able to take the appropriate action. Remember to keep your doors and windows closed as much as possible in order to provide you with the most accurate readings for your home.

If your test results show low levels of radon gas, then no further action will be required. If your levels are high, then it is regulation of HUD that you install a Beckley radon mitigation system. S.W.A.T. Environmental knows the process well and will be able to lower the levels of radon gas of your home. With years of experience, knowledge, and all the certifications, we can reduce your levels by as much as 99%. Do not trust your Beckley home with a company you are not sure about. Trust the nation’s largest radon mitigation company for your Beckley radon mitigation.

Friday, March 8, 2013 @ 03:03 PM
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The American Lung Association and Radon Lung Cancer

Radon Lung CancerBeckley, WV is proud to announce the improvements to multi-family homes in the area through increased regulation from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The American Lung Association is excited for these efforts taken, and is looking forward to a decrease in radon lung cancer in the Beckley, WV area. This new policy will specifically benefit those renting homes in the Beckley area.

The new policy set in place by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will require that all multi-family homes that are financed through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to have a radon test. Additionally, there is further regulation that any of these multi-family homes returning high levels of gas will be required to have a mitigation system. It is important that the tests are done, as there is no other way to determine whether or not the house has a radon gas, as the gas is both invisible, and odorless.

Effects of Reducing Radon Lung Cancer Through Mitigation

There should be a significant decrease in radon lung cancer, as this gas accounts for approximately 21,000 deaths each year through lung cancer. As the second leading cause of lung cancer, it is important to know that this gas is more dangerous than drunk driving. Radon lung cancer accounts for approximately 15% of all lung cancer cases, making it a big concern for Beckley, WV area residents.

Who benefits most from this is the large percentage of the population that rents from a multi-family home. A multi-family home may or may not be infested with this gas, but it does not make a whole lot of sense for renters to invest in the property that they will not own at the end of the year. This policy from HUD will provide the much needed protection for renters as the threat of radon grows.

The American Lung Association even noted that radon lung cancer is not the only lung ailment that is reduced. Additionally, improved ventilation, and decreased moisture will help improve the safety of homes in the Beckley area. S.W.A.T. Environmental is excited for this as well, as we know we will be able to contribute in various ways to the improvement of air quality, and reduction in number of radon lung cancer cases.

While this action is done specifically by HUD, it comes from a larger movement that HUD is a part of. HUD is part of the Federal Healthy Homes Group which is dedicated to improving home health, and the safety of all homes. 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 are all part of this group, and are working diligently to improve the safety of all of these homes. S.W.A.T. Environmental commends HUD for their actions, and hopes to see further improvement in hom

Thursday, February 7, 2013 @ 07:02 PM
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The Need of Radon Mitigation in Schools in Beckley

Radon Mitigation in Schools in BeckleyOne of the most important things we can do is make certain that our schools in Beckley, WV are safe for all of our students. No matter your view on politics, we can all agree that children are the future of our nation, and that we need to treat them accordingly with educational, and safe schools. The truth is that we have turned a blind eye to a serious threat at our schools. One out of every five schools has high levels of radon gas, which means many children, teachers, and faculty are at risk of being diagnosed with lung cancer.

Radon gas is responsible for 20,000 deaths each year in the form of lung cancer. 70,000 schools are estimated to have high levels of radon gas, meaning that there are millions of teachers, students, and faculty that are at risk of being diagnosed with lung cancer, and possibly dying. If we want to take control of this issue, we need radon mitigation in schools in Beckley. This will provide the mitigation we need to ensure that our schools are safe for everyone.

So how do high levels of radon gas get in all of these schools? In Beckley, WV, radon gas forms from the uranium in the soil. As the uranium breaks down, radon gas forms, naturally. From there the gas may enter by infecting the water supply and entering that way. Radon may also enter through the building foundation as it can fit through the smallest of spaces. Regardless, the gas can quickly affect a Beckley school, and without the proper mitigation, every child, teacher, and faculty member is then at risk.

Radon Mitigation in Schools Proposed Bill

In order to help reduce the risk in schools, a bill is being proposed for radon mitigation in school. Beckley residents need to do all that they can to help make sure that this bill passes. Whether it is writing members of congress, writing local politicians, or even speaking to members of the school or school board, we need to raise the awareness of the threat this gas has. The only reason one would assume as to why there is nothing in place in regard to this gas is probably because no one is aware of the dangers this gas has, or to the extent that it is affecting schools.

S.W.A.T. Environmental is trained and specializes in radon reduction to properly ensure that your school or home in Beckley, WV is safe through radon mitigation. Radon mitigation can reduce the levels of gas by as much as 99%, so having a specialist do the work is important. There are still great odds that your Beckley, WV home has high levels of gas, so be sure to test your Beckley, WV home, and advocate for radon mitigation in schools.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013 @ 09:01 PM
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Radon Action Month in Beckley, WV

Radon Action Month Beckley West VirginiaRadon action month is this January, and S.W.A.T. Environmental wants to help you prepare. Many Americans took control of their health, and their family’s health last year by contacting S.W.A.T. Environmental for a new mitigation system. Do not postpone your health any longer. Do not let another year go by with your home not having the proper mitigation system, and being infested with high levels for radon gas which can harm your health.

Many have heard of radon gas, but few are aware of the true threat it poses to our health. Radon kills more people each year than drunk driving by causing lung cancer. 15% of all lung cancer cases are caused by radon gas now. This may come as a shock as we all know how dangerous smoking is, but still one out of seven people diagnosed with this deadly cancer have never touched a cigarette. They were simply going about their business in their Beckley home which did not have a mitigation system, and soon they were diagnosed with lung cancer.

Radon Action Month Plans of Action in Beckley

In order to safeguard your home, and your family, take action during this radon action month. Testing your Beckley home is the first line of defense in protecting you and your family. If you test your home, you will be able to get an accurate reading of your threat level, and in turn an accurate reading on your health. If your Beckley home has high levels, you can simply contact S.W.A.T. Environmental and have a professional conduct the proper mitigation needed to reduce your risk of lung cancer. If your home does not have dangerous levels, you will not have to take any immediate action, and simply reschedule a test a few years down the road.

If you have high levels, you can contact S.W.A.T. Environmental for a free quote on a new mitigation system. S.W.A.T. Environmental has decades of experience in mitigation, all the certifications needed, and is local to the Beckley, WV area. We can provide the mitigation you need during radon action month to properly reduce your levels, and allow you to start breathing clean fresh air. Do not postpone your health any longer, and start scheduling an appointment for testing and mitigation as soon as possible.

If your Beckley home already has a mitigation system, do not feel that you cannot do anything this radon action month. Start sharing the word of just how dangerous radon gas is by starting a conversation about mitigation to your friends, family, and neighbors. Your friends will not be able to thank you enough for helping them realize the dangers of radon gas, and referring them to a reputable company during radon action month. No matter what state your Beckley home is in, there is some type of action you can take this radon action month.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012 @ 03:12 PM
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Lung Cancer for Beckley, WV Residents

Radon Gas Mitigation Beckley, West VirginiaWhen it comes to lung cancer, Beckley residents are aware that it does not just simply come from smoking cigarettes. With the coal mining industry nearby, we all know that coal and inhalation of other materials besides cigarettes can have the same horrible impact on your lungs. A new study has proven that 16% of all lung cancer cases do not come from coal, or cigarettes, but rather radon gas.

This may come as shocking to many, as radon gas is stereotyped as a gas that only attacks those up north with basements. Having a professional come to your home and provide proper radon gas mitigation may be the difference between life and death for many Beckley residents.

Killing 20,000 each year, radon gas is often referred to as the silent killer. Radon gas affects one out of every fifteen homes with high levels that can cause damage to your health. As a resident of Beckley, WV, we may be at a higher risk due to the fact that some areas are specifically known to have higher concentrations of gas than others.

Radon Gas Mitigation in Beckley, WV

In Beckley, WV radon gas can enter your home through a variety of ways, leaving you vulnerable to attack, and lung cancer. Formed from uranium in the ground, radon gas can form nearly anywhere. What is shocking is that radon gas has the ability to enter the smallest of cracks and make its way into nearly any home. Whether it be through your water supply, or through the foundation, radon gas can seep into the smallest of places and ruin your day.

Beckley homeowners need to take special precaution when dealing with radon gas. Radon gas mitigation systems may provide the relief you need from radon, but it is important to know that you cannot see or smell radon gas. What this means is that even though you cannot see or smell radon gas in your home, it may still be doing all the effects to your home right under your nose.

Radon gas is something that cannot be taken lightly if you want to avoid lung cancer. You should schedule radon testing as soon as possible. Even if your radon testing results come back negative, you may still want to highly consider getting a radon gas mitigation system just to be on the safe side.

Properly installed, a radon gas mitigation system may reduce radon levels by as much as 99% in your Beckley, WV home. As a company in the radon business for over two decades, we know what it takes to reduce your radon levels, and have the expert knowledge in how to make your radon gas mitigation system as least visible as possible. With our groundbreaking methods, and certifications, we have what it takes to make your home safe from radon. Call us today for a free quote.

Friday, October 26, 2012 @ 08:10 PM
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Beckley’s Air Quality Broken Down

West Virginia Indoor Air QualityBeckley, WV is known for its beautiful, mountain, scenic landscape. Unfortunately, Beckley is also known for poor air quality. Air quality can be broken down into to main sources; indoor and outdoor. While many Beckley residents may feel that their indoor air quality is sufficient, often they are wrong.

Radon gas may seep into any Beckley, WV home without a notice. Radon is often referred to as the silent killer as it cannot be seen, or smelt. Killing 22,000 each year in America alone, it is easy to see why S.W.A.T. Environmental is growing so rapidly by providing excellent service throughout the Beckley, WV area.

Radon gas can ruin the air quality of your Beckley, WV home by seeping in through the foundation. As uranium naturally breaks down in your soil, radon gas forms and can enter your Beckley home. Although soil is one of the most common entryways for radon, radon may also enter through the water supply, or even your building materials.

Outdoor Air Quality in Beckley

Although indoor air quality kills an astounding 2 million each year, outdoor air quality is also a major issue. Outdoor air quality kills in excess of 1 million every single year. Luckily, the EPA has created a scale for us to quickly view the air quality in Beckley. On a scale of 0 to 500, there are many levels allowing you to accurately pinpoint the overall risk quickly.

Any level between 0 and 50 indicates a safe range of air quality. The danger starts at 51. Any level above 50 is dangerous, and the health risks only increase with the number. At the current moment, there are several areas in the United States with levels above 50. We have even seen levels in excess of 300, indicating a completely hazardous level in which everyone will experience health effects.

Sources of Pollution, and Solutions in Beckley

Beckley residents experience pollution from a variety of ways. The air quality index which the EPA has created measures four particular pollutants. Carbon monoxide, particle pollution, ground level ozone, and sulfur dioxide are the four pollutants. The main sources are forest fires, vehicle pollution, power plants, and burning of oil or coal. Although these pollutants are mentioned, it is important to remember that there are many other pollutants and sources; take radon gas for example.

Whether your threat is the intrusion of these pollutants, or radon gas, S.W.A.T. Environmental has a solution for you. With decades of experience providing quality radon mitigation and air purification, we can improve the air quality of your home. We have the certifications and experience to handle any air quality problem from any source. You can call us toll free for a free quote on radon mitigation or air purification at 1-800-NO-RADON. Do not hesitate, and take action for the sake of your family’s health and safety.

Friday, September 21, 2012 @ 01:09 PM
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Beckley, WV Radon Reduction Company Tops the Growth List

Inc. 5000 West Virginia Radon Reduction CompanyBeckley residents have a new accomplishment to be proud of. For the first time ever, a radon reduction company has made Inc Magazine’s list of fastest growing companies. This radon reduction company is located right in local Beckley, West Virginia. Inc Magazine releases their list of fastest growing companies each year, and we have the honor to share our name amongst many other prestigious, fast growing companies in America.

During 2011, we installed over 10,000 radon reduction systems, to help reduce the risk of cancer for citizens of Beckley, WV, and citizens across the United States. Over the past three years, we have seen a 155% increase in growth, and have added sixty five employees. We are currently on pace for a projected $12 million in revenue for the year of 2012. While we keep increasing in size very rapidly, we have kept the same level of quality service that we have been able to proudly put our name on.

Why Radon Reduction is Needed in Beckley, WV

While many Beckley residents have already made the smart decision of testing for radon gas, and calling a professional for radon reduction, radon may still be a foreign term to many. Radon gas has been deemed extremely dangerous for your health, and has been proven to cause lung cancer. More people die each year from radon gas than drunk driving, and many other killers. The sad thing about radon, is that with a proper radon mitigation system, your health risks should greatly diminish. We credit much of our growth to the press, media, EPA, and other organizations that have made these proven facts publicized, and generated a word of mouth campaign for Beckley residents to test their homes.

Roughly one out of fifteen homes have elevated levels of radon gas, and require radon reduction techniques in order to reduce the risk of lung cancer. Beckley residents may be at a higher than normal risk level, meaning there is a pretty good chance that your home has above acceptable levels. A mitigation expert will be able to test your home, and install a mitigation system to remove this gas and allow you to breathe normal again.

Radon often appears by creeping into our basements. As a gas, even the smallest of cracks leave enough room for this cancer causing gas to enter. The source is usually the soil, in which uranium breaks down and forms radon. Although the soil is the normal place of threat, your water supply may be affected as well. With decades of experience, we are your experts on finding the source, and properly installing a mitigation system on your Beckley home. We pride ourselves on our non-invasive procedures, which will allow you to live normal, and barely even notice your radon reduction system. Make the smart choice many residents and business owners of Beckley have already made, and call S.W.A.T. Environmental.

Friday, August 31, 2012 @ 01:08 PM
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The Need of Radon Testing for Beckley, West Virginia Residents

Radon Testing Beckley West VirginiaRadon testing may not be a common phrase for most Beckley residents, as there is a common misconception that only northern states are affected by radon gas. This myth has since been busted, and the EPA has reported dangerous levels of radon throughout West Virginia. Each year over 20,000 people die from radon gas causing lung cancer. Many of these people have never touched a cigarette in their life. Do not become a statistic, and have a professional conduct radon testing for your Beckley home.

Radon gas is natural from the environment and is created by the uranium in your soil. While your home’s location is often a major factor in whether or not radon is a danger, radon may also enter through your water supply or even be in the materials used to construct your Beckley home. Having a professional conduct radon testing is the only way to know for sure if you are breathing in this radioactive gas right now.

Radon Testing in Beckley Process

Before you hire someone to perform radon testing on your Beckley home, you should educate yourself on all the types of radon testing. It is important to know that radon testing should be completed every two to five years, even if you previously had low levels. Any levels at or above 4 picocuries per liter is considered dangerously high, and a professional should be called immediately. If your levels are only slightly below 4 pCi/L in your Beckley home, I personally would go ahead and have a professional install an air purification system.

A short term radon testing method will take about five days to be completed in your Beckley home. We highly recommend keeping your doors and windows closed as much as possible during your radon testing to provide the most accurate results. A long term test will take about three months to complete. We recommend long term testing for people who have already tested for radon before, and short term radon testing if you have never tested before.

Beckley Radon Mitigation

Radon mitigation is necessary for your Beckley home if your levels are above 4 pCi/L. It may be nerve racking to know that your home has been a hotbed for lung cancer, but all that can change with a simple phone call. S.W.A.T. Environmental is widely known as the nation’s leading radon reduction company, and has been specializing in installation of mitigation systems since 1988.

S.W.A.T. Environmental always provides a free quote with a no obligation phone call to 1-800-NO-RADON. Serving the Beckley and surrounding area, S.W.A.T. Environmental can create a custom solution to meet the needs of your Beckley home. Do not put yourself, family, and loved ones at the risk of lung cancer now that you know just how preventable it is. Schedule radon testing for your Beckley home as soon as possible.

Friday, July 27, 2012 @ 06:07 PM
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Airborne and Waterborne Radon

Radon in Water West VirginiaRadon is a radioactive gas that can lead to cancer of the lungs, stomach and other parts of the body depending on how a person is exposed to it. In fact, radon in water exposure is now the second most common cause of lung cancer in the United States. Even worse, you will have no warning when you are exposed to this gas because it cannot be smelled, seen or tasted.

Radon is a natural gas that is created by the decomposition of elements like uranium that can commonly be found in dirt. The gas then moves up through cracks in the bedrock, sometimes contaminating the underground water supplies that feed many home’s private wells. From there, the radon can find its way into water tanks, pipes and eventually out the home’s faucets. When the water is used, much of the gas can be released into the home’s air where you are at risk of inhaling it. An excessive buildup of radon in water in your home could quite literally put your life and that of your family members at risk.

Radon in Water from the Ground in Beckley, WV

Unfortunately, Beckley and the region surrounding it tends to contain particularly high levels of radon, both in the air and in the water. Of course, the higher the indoor radon level accumulation, the greater the risk from exposure to it. 4.0 pCi/L is the cutoff that has been established by the Environmental Protection Agency for human exposure. Accumulation higher than that cutoff in a home is a problem that must be resolved immediately. Multiple homes in and near Beckley have been found to contain radon levels higher than is considered safe. This should not make you paranoid about your health, it simply means that you should take all necessary precautions to ensure that you and your family are protected.

Waterborne Radon Contamination in Beckley

The most important step you should take to protect yourself is simply having a test performed to determine your home’s radon levels at regular intervals. SWAT Environmental’s radon experts can handle this process for you. If the test finds that your house is contaminated with unsafe amounts of radon, then a sound mitigation plan for dealing with it will need to be implemented. This will reduce the level that is present now and prevent future contamination. The exact procedures and equipment that SWAT Environmental’s abatement technicians employ will vary depending on the home and the exact situation, but the result is the same — prevention of the radon from doing you any harm.

Put simply, severe cases require drastic measures. Do not take the chance that you and your family may be put at a serious health risk due to radon in water exposure simply because you did not act in time. The Environmental Protection Agency recommends that homeowners have their dwellings checked for radon contamination and implement radon abatement routines if dangerous levels are discovered.

Friday, July 6, 2012 @ 02:07 PM
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The Need for Radon Abatement in Beckley

Beckley Radon Abatement SystemsRadon abatement is a term for the different procedures used to reduce the levels of radon gas within a building. There are many effective methods, both preventative and corrective, of dealing with radon gas contamination. Although many homeowners may not realize that their home is affected by high levels of radon, others may not even understand the risk involved with ignoring the possibility of the problem arising.

Of all the different substances that can sneak into a home, the odorless, colorless gas known as radon could very well be the most harmful. In fact, radon poisoning has crept its way up to become the number two cause of lung cancer within the United States. With an average of 20,000 lung cancer deaths resulting from prolonged exposure to radon gas reported each year, it has become extremely important for homeowners throughout the U.S., and particularly in the Beckley area, to have their homes tested for radon, and if necessary, scheduled for an immediate radon abatement.

Why Radon Abatement?

Because radon gas is a byproduct of the decay of elements like uranium, the gas itself is radioactive. Since radon gas has likely been naturally formed for as long as the earth has existed, if the radiation levels of every citizen in the United States were to be tested, almost every one of the results that show a low-level positive for an individual’s “background radiation” exposure could be attributed to radon. In most cases, fortunately, exposure to very low levels of radon is not harmful.

However, when the gas becomes concentrated within an enclosure such as a home, the occupants’ radiation exposure becomes continuous, gradually building to dangerous levels No matter how much the radon gas becomes dissipated through open doors and windows, more gas enters the home in its place, pushing the levels ever higher. It is this type of situation that makes the need for professional radon abatement so vital to the family’s well-being.

Radon can enter a home in several different ways. It often accumulates in the ground under the house and seeps up into the basement through even the slightest cracks in the foundation or exterior walls. The home’s water supply can also be an entry points for radon gas since radon can seep into the home’s underground water source, then travel into the home along with the water.

How is Radon Abatement Accomplished?

If you receive confirmation that your home does indeed contain more radon gas than is safe, it will then be time to discuss the best methods of radon abatement for your house with experts from SWAT Environmental.

A series of ventilation fans and pipes installed under the home’s basement, which is known as the “Sub-Slab Depressurization” method of radon abatement, will often correct the problem.
Other sealing, pressurizing and venting techniques may also be necessary in some houses. SWAT Environmental’s radon abatement experts will be able to determine which will do the best job of protecting you and your family.