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

HUD Bethlehem Radon MitigationThe recent post from S.W.A.T. Environmental brought to light the concerns of radon gas, and the recent action that HUD has taken to reduce its lung cancer risk across the United States. This recent change to the regulation has made many in the Bethlehem area confused, but S.W.A.T. Environmental is here to take out any of the confusion. We will walk you through the steps of reducing radon gas in your Bethlehem home, and making sure that your home is kept up with the most recent guidelines of HUD.

The most recent guidelines of HUD are requiring that every unit in multi-family homes be tested for radon gas. Any unit showing high levels of radon gas will be required to have Bethlehem radon mitigation conducted. This will ensure that up to 99% of all of the radon gas is removed, resulting in a healthy place for your tenants, or even yourself.

The reason radon gas has become such as big concern lately is the overwhelming number of deaths each and every year. As the second leading cause of lung cancer, radon gas has crept up as a dangerous substance that kills a substantial amount of people every year. We know that this gas is responsible for roughly one out of every seven cases of lung cancer, 20,000 deaths each year, and is found in roughly one out of every fifteen homes.

Handling Bethlehem Radon Mitigation

In order to go through this process of Bethlehem radon mitigation correctly, you must first have a radon test conducted. There are two types of radon tests that you can choose from. A short term test and a long term test. Either test will result in accurate results, but many prefer the long term test for accuracy, and the short term test in regard to getting the fastest results. Be sure to keep your doors and windows shut as much as possible during the testing period in order to make for sure that your results are accurate as possible.

S.W.A.T. Environmental has decades of experience in the radon mitigation field. This means that when it comes to Bethlehem radon mitigation, we will be able to provide you with the best and most accurate radon mitigation available. All of our staff is trained and certified to properly conduct Bethlehem radon mitigation, and get your home to a safe level.

When hiring a radon specialist, you are going to want to make sure that they can find the source of the radon gas, and have experience in handling it. A properly installed mitigation system can reduce the levels by as much as 99%. Contact a professional at S.W.A.T. Environmental today for a free quote on Bethlehem radon mitigation. We will have your home back in top shape in no time with the ability to breathe clean air. Keep your Bethlehem home in the best shape with S.W.A.T. Environmental.

Thursday, March 7, 2013 @ 08:03 PM
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The American Lung Association and Reducing Radon Lung Cancer

Radon Lung CancerThe American Lung Association is proud of the recent steps in improving the overall lung health of the nation by the announced reduction in radon lung cancer. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will be working to reduce the amount of radon gas in multi-family homes in the Bethlehem area, and across the nation. New guidelines set in place by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD, will help make Bethlehem a much safer place.

There is a group of U.S. organizations known as the Federal Healthy Homes Work Group that is dedicated to make sure that all homes are a safe and healthy. The group is comprised of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Association, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Together these organizations are able to make big changes for improvement in health in the community and the United States.

HUD has made it a recent requirement that all multi-family homes that are funded through them will be required to have a radon test. Radon cannot be seen or smelled, making this a valuable asset for Bethlehem residents. Additionally, HUD will require all multi-family homes that are financed through them which have tested to have high levels to have an air purification system installed. This will help reduce the radon lung cancer amounts in Bethlehem and across the nation.

The Threat of Radon Lung Cancer

Annually, 21,000 people perish from radon lung cancer. Radon accounts for roughly 15% of all lung cancer cases, and affects about one out of every fifteen homes. It is not a smart choice to go unprotected from this gas. It is advised to test your home at least once every three years to ensure that the levels are safe, and that your home is not infested with this gas.

Radon forms from the uranium in the soil beneath Bethlehem homes. As uranium breaks down, this gas forms and seeps up through the foundation and into the home. This gas may also enter the water supply, or even be in the materials used to build the home. No matter what the levels of your home are, S.W.A.T. Environmental has properly trained specialist that can reduce the levels by as much as 99%.

S.W.A.T. Environmental would like to give a big thank you to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for improving the safety of homes in Bethlehem, and taking a step forward in reducing radon lung cancer. We always strive to reduce the levels of gas in homes, and know that we can help make Bethlehem a much safer place with the installation of our air purification systems. Call us today, and get a free quote on having a specialist reduce the radon levels in your home with our radon reduction systems.

Thursday, February 7, 2013 @ 05:02 PM
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Radon Mitigation in Schools is Needed in Bethlehem, PA

Radon Mitigation in Schools in BethlehemRadon mitigation in schools is quickly becoming a debated topic across the nation. Bethlehem, PA residents are directly affected by this by having the possibility of high concentration of radon gas in schools in the area. Statistics show that one out of every five schools has high levels of radon gas. This equates to roughly 70,000 schools having a high level of radon gas. A bill is currently in the process of being passed to provide grant funding for all schools to have radon tests. Schools which return high levels of radon gas will then receive additional grant funding. This funding will go towards radon mitigation in schools. This is a great way to make for certain that students, teachers, and members of faculty will be safe from this cancer causing gas.

If you have studied radon gas, you probably know that it cannot be seen or smelled. This is why it is so important that grant money is allotted to testing, as there is simply no other way of possibly knowing whether or not the Bethlehem school has high levels of radon gas. In addition to this, it is important to note that radon accounts for roughly 20,000 deaths each year. Studies have shown that this statistic is equal to a large proportion of lung cancer cases being caused by radon gas. One out of every seven lung cancer patients are in this condition because of radon. That means, even though they may have never smoked a single cigarette in their life, they are still dealt with cancer from radon gas.

Why Radon Mitigation in Schools in Bethlehem is Important

Radon may easily enter schools, meaning that radon mitigation in schools is extremely important. Radon gas forms from uranium breaking down in the soil. This is a natural process which forms the radon in gas form. As a gas, radon may enter through a number of places. The most common is through the foundation, but Bethlehem residents may also suffer from it entering through the water supply, or even the being embedded in the materials used to build the school.

Regardless of the levels, a specialist may reduce the levels by as much as 99% with radon mitigation in schools. Our trained professionals at S.W.A.T. Environmental have the knowledge base, and years of experience to provide radon mitigation in schools. We can be trusted as we are the nation’s largest radon mitigation company.

Bethlehem, PA can greatly benefit from this bill passing, but it will not pass without your support. We need to show our support by contacting local politicians in Bethlehem, and telling them of the importance of having congress pass this bill. Even writing letters to members of congress would be a good way to help us promote the message of radon mitigation in schools. In the United States of America, It should be every child’s right to have a safe and healthy learning environment.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013 @ 08:01 PM
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Bethlehem, PA Gets Ready for Radon Action Month

Radon Action Month Bethlehem, PennsylvaniaIf you live in Bethlehem, PA then you probably remember radon action month last January. If you do not remember, radon action month was a month in which citizens of Bethlehem took action against radon gas, and protected their homes. In addition to protection through testing and mitigation systems, Bethlehem residents also advocated to others the dangers of radon gas. If you do not want to have your home negatively affected by this horrible gas, then you need to contact S.W.A.T. Environmental this radon action month.

If you are not familiar with radon gas, radon kills over 20,000 each year. New studies have proven that radon gas is actually the cause for 15% of all lung cancer cases. This means that even if you have never picked up a cigarette, you may be diagnosed with lung cancer simply because of the radon in your home. Do not let this happen to you. Take action in your Bethlehem home this radon action month.

Ways to Take Action in Radon Action Month in Bethlehem

If you are serious about your health and the health of your family, then you need to start radon action month of with testing your Bethlehem home for radon gas. This gas is both colorless and odorless, so the only way you will be able to tell if it is present is through conducting a test. Once your Bethlehem home is tested, you will be able to take the necessary action. If your Bethlehem has safe levels of radon gas, then you will not have to install a mitigation system right away, and will only have to schedule an appointment within a year to get updated levels of your radon levels. If your home has high levels of radon gas, then you need to contact a professional about mitigation.

If your home has already been tested, and has a mitigation system installed, then you can be a tremendous help to your neighbors and loved ones this month by advocating the dangers of radon gas. If your Bethlehem home has or had high levels of radon gas, then there could be an increased likelihood that your neighbors home has increased levels as well. Be an advocate and let them know about the 20,000 deaths each year because of radon gas.

If your Bethlehem home has high levels of radon gas, and you have not installed a mitigation system, you need to call S.W.A.T. Environmental to have a professional install an air purification system that can reduce your levels by as much as 99%. Do not put off an air purification system any longer this radon action month. We always offer a free quote meaning that you have nothing to lose. A professional can answer any questions you may have. Contact S.W.A.T. Environmental today for a free quote, and take action this radon action month.

Monday, December 3, 2012 @ 08:12 PM
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Bethlehem, PA and Lung Cancer Prevention

Radon Gas MitigationFrom reading the title of this article, one may quickly assume that it is all about the dangers of using tobacco, and their long term health risks such as lung cancer. This could not be further from the actual subject. As a matter of fact, today’s topic is all about radon gas mitigation in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

As a resident of Bethlehem, you are probably familiar with radon gas. Due to the region, some neighborhoods are likely to have a higher rate of infestation of radon, meaning action is required. Have you ever wondered why the EPA, other government organizations, and scientists have all pushed you to have radon gas mitigation in your Bethlehem home? The reason for this is because of the extensive studies showing the long term health effects such as lung cancer.

Radon gas is radioactive, and we all know that radioactive material means cancer. Numerous studies have proven this. As far as the actual correlation as to what type of cancer, and the danger, research is starting to get much more specific. New studies show that 16% of all lung cancer cases are caused by radon gas. What this translates to is that whether or not you have touched a cigarette, there is a good chance you may end up with lung cancer unless you have a professional diagnose your home, and install a radon gas mitigation system.

Radon Gas Mitigation in Bethlehem, PA

As a resident of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, you need to take the appropriate action to mitigate your radon problem, or potential radon problem. Depending on the point of entry, there are different methods that may be used to resolve your issue. A radon gas mitigation system will reduce the levels of radon in your home by as much as 99%. It is extremely important that you hire an experienced professional as the methods, and dangers of radon gas require extensive knowledge to implement a system that will work.

S.W.A.T. Environmental is your company of choice when it comes to radon gas mitigation. We have radon gas mitigation is something that we have been specializing in for decades now, and we are local to the Bethlehem, PA area. We are the nation’s leading radon gas mitigation company, and provide excellent service.

When you place a call to us, you will be able to speak with an educated representative who can answer any of your radon gas mitigation questions. We will work with you to create a custom solution for your Bethlehem, PA home. Once we have installed a radon gas mitigation system, you will be able to breathe easy again, knowing that you are not at such a high risk of lung cancer. Do not become a statistic, but rather take action. Have a professional at S.W.A.T. Environmental give you a free quote on radon gas mitigation for your Bethlehem home today.

Friday, October 26, 2012 @ 07:10 PM
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Bethlehem Air Quality Observed by EPA

Bethlehem Indoor Air QualityThe air quality of Bethlehem, PA is the discussion of many conversations lately. This city in Pennsylvania may have an underlying problem that needs addressing. The EPA has began monitoring the air quality in cities throughout the United States to ensure the health of all citizens. Taking a closer look at Bethlehem, your home may need special treatment in order to reduce the amount of pollutants.

With October being air quality awareness month, now is the perfect time to call in a professional for reducing the number of pollutants in your Bethlehem home. If you are weary of whether or not your Bethlehem home really needs mitigation, please take into consideration some quick facts about the air quality.

Each year over 2 million people die because of poor indoor air quality. This statistic alone should send chills down your spine. Bethlehem residents may not only suffer death, but tightness in the chest, shortness of breath, asthma, increased likelihood of illness, and a multitude of other health risks involved with poor air quality. Children may be at a higher risk because their lungs are still developing. People who spend a great amount of time outdoors, or those of us who have preexisting lung conditions may also be at a greater risk.

Air Quality Index, Radon, and Other Gases in Bethlehem

Radon gas is another facet of health concerns for Bethlehem citizens. As you may already know, killing in excess of 20,000 people each year, radon gas is no laughing matter. Bethlehem homes may be infested with this gas at somewhat of a random selection. Radon gas forms in the soil beneath your Bethlehem home, and there is not telling whether or not your home has high levels of radon gas without a test. Even if the soil beneath your home does not contain radon, there several other ways this deadly gas may enter your home.

The EPA has created the Air Quality Index, or AQI to help inform us of the overall air quality in Bethlehem. Now I must warn you that the AQI does not include radon gas into its algorithm. This is important to note, as even though Bethlehem may have a lower AQI on a given day, if radon is in your home, your health is at serious risk because of your poor indoor air quality.

The AQI ranges in score from 0 to 500. 0-50 indicates a safe level of pollutants in a given area. Although much of the United States has a safe level, these levels may increase into more dangerous levels on the scale, posing potential health risks for residents of the given city. As this report is being written, several states are experience above acceptable limits. Take action during air quality awareness month, and have a professional install an air purification system on your Bethlehem home. Protect your safety, and make the smart choice. Choose the nation’s leading radon mitigation company to reduce the pollutants and deadly gases in your Bethlehem home.

Thursday, September 20, 2012 @ 07:09 PM
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Bethlehem, Pennsylvania Radon Reduction Company Recognized

Inc. 5000 Pennsylvania Radon Reduction CompanyLocal Bethlehem Pennsylvania radon reduction company, S.W.A.T. Environmental is known for their outstanding service, and essentially being the pioneers of radon reduction. This week S.W.A.T. Environmental picked up another name as one of the fastest growing companies in the entire nation. Growing at a rate of 3,000% over the past ten years, a once mom and pop company now has over 100 employees. This rapid rate of growth has garnished the attention of Inc Magazine’s fastest growing companies. The projection for the year of 2012 is $12 million for this Bethlehem business, according to the CFO.

While we are now able to boast of our accomplishments, we want to make sure that each and every customer of S.W.A.T. Environmental in Bethlehem, PA realizes just how much we appreciate your business. We encourage you to share with your Bethlehem neighbors the true danger of radon gas, and to inform them of just how easy it is to have a professionally installed radon reduction system.

The Bethlehem S.W.A.T. Environmental Model

Many companies are set up to promise as much as possible, while delivering as little as possible. We value our customers and residents of the Bethlehem area too much to treat them with such disrespect. We are extremely upfront with our service, and the nation has recognized the above average quality. With all the required certifications, and over two decades of experience in the radon field, we know what we are doing. As soon as a S.W.A.T. Environmental radon specialist is contacted to install a radon reduction system, you know that you are in good hands. The keyword to the last sentence is “Specialist.” We realize that rather than being a jack of all trades, we would rather be a master of one – the reduction of radon gas in your Bethlehem, PA home. We value and appreciate the Bethlehem community, and will always take the time to explain our procedures and answer any questions you may have.

Radon Reduction Process in Bethlehem

The first step in the radon reduction process is to have your Bethlehem home tested for levels of radon gas. Once the testing is complete, you will be able to make the decision of whether or not your home needs radon reduction. A general rule of thumb is that anything above 4 pCi/L is considered dangerous, and a radon reduction system should be installed immediately. Depending on the location of your vapor intrusion, different methods may be used. We pride ourselves on being as least invasive to your Bethlehem home as possible. Once the radon reduction system is installed you will be able to sleep easily knowing you and your family are safe from this horrible gas. Test your home, and then give us a call. Call us toll free, and we will give you a free quote on a radon reduction system for your Bethlehem home, as well as answer any additional questions you may have.

Thursday, August 30, 2012 @ 08:08 PM
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Radon Testing Needs for Bethlehem, PA

Radon Testing Bethlehem PennsylvaniaIf you are a resident of Bethlehem, then you may have heard of radon gas before, but not be aware of all of the health risks associated with it. Radon testing can provide proper determination of whether or not your Bethlehem home is under attack by radioactive gases. Each year more people are killed by lung cancer due to radon, with a death toll that exceeds drunk driving related deaths. If you care about your health, and your family’s health, then it is a no brainer that radon testing is a month.

Recently the great Joe Paterno passed away from lung cancer. With such an amazing college football coaching career, it was a true tragedy to watch him pass away. What made the situation worse was the gut wrenching feeling, knowing that his death may have been caused by radon gas. Hindsight is always 20/20, but you must realize the necessity of radon testing, especially in the Bethlehem and Pennsylvania area.

Bethlehem Commercial Radon Testing

We all spend at least forty hours a week at our office, and as a business owner, that forty hours may often turn into eighty or more. Spending large amounts of time at work that is infested with radon is just as deadly as spending the time at your home. If you are a business owner, or even a concerned employee, you should make sure that your business is safe with commercial radon testing in Bethlehem. We always require mold inspections, termite inspections, fire inspections, so why not inspect something that is known to cause lung cancer, and 21,000 deaths per year?

Types of Radon Testing

Now that you know the importance of radon testing, you must ask yourself which test is right for you. A short term test may be completed in as short as two days. Contrary to the short term test, there is a long term test which takes roughly three months to complete. Although the long term test is known to be more accurate, it is beneficial to see the results of your radon testing so quickly. If your home returns levels of over 4 pCi/L, then a mitigation system will be required as your home has dangerous levels. If your levels are below this amount, you can sleep well knowing that another test is not required for at least two year, and that your home is safe.

Taking Action for Bethlehem Homes and Businesses

One out of fifteen homes in the United States have dangerous levels of radon gas, and this number may be higher in some states such as Pennsylvania. Do not gamble with your health. If your levels are high, simply call 1-800-NO-RADON for a free quote on a complete mitigation to rid you of all your worries. You have nothing to lose with a free quote, and a certified professional can have your home safe in a short time. Do not put off your health and safety, schedule radon testing for your Bethlehem home or business today.

Thursday, July 26, 2012 @ 08:07 PM
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Dangerous Radon Found in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania’s Water

Radon in water in Pennsylvania
Waterborne radon could be a major health risk for many Pennsylvania residents. If you are located in the Bethlehem, PA area, you should have your water tested for radon — especially if your home is supplied by a private well. Underground water sources can become contaminated due to radon pockets within the soil or neighboring bedrock, particularly granite.

Radon is created by naturally occurring uranium as it gradually breaks down over long periods of time. It may seep through cracks in surrounding bedrock or soil and then dissolve into underground water supplies, contaminating them for anyone using them as a water source. This becomes a serious danger for individuals who use this water to wash dishes, do laundry, bathe, shower or do anything else.

What Makes Radon in Water So Dangerous

Waterborne radon is a danger to every person exposed to it. Radon atoms are radiated, meaning that they give off radiation — something that can be very harmful to both humans and pets. Radon is well known for causing cancer. It has been particularly tied to lung and gastrointestinal cancer; it is most commonly associated with cases of lung cancer in individuals who have never smoked or been around a significant amount of second hand smoke. It also drastically increases the lung cancer risk for individuals who do smoke tobacco in cigarettes, cigars, pipes or other forms. Thousands of cases of radon-caused cancer are diagnosed every single year.

Other health risks from radon exposure can include fatigue, headaches and nausea. Keep in mind that every time you or someone else uses water exposed to radon, your risk for developing resulting health conditions increases further — both due to the radon actually being released from the radon in water into the air. Regularly testing, therefore, is essential to ensure that your home is not contaminated with waterborne radon.

Testing for Waterborne Radon in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Having your home tested for waterborne radon is a fairly simple process. You will simply need to contact a local radon mitigation expert from SWAT Environmental to perform your radon in water test. The inspector will then be sent to your home to collect a water sample and analyze its radon content. If significant amounts of radon are found in your water, especially if they are above the Environmental Protection Agency’s recommended safe levels, you will then need to have a waterborne radon mitigation system installed in your house to eliminate the threat. SWAT Environmental’s radon mitigation experts can do this for you as well.

Remembering the Possibility of Radon in Water

Keep in mind that finding radon in water can be very unpredictable. Just because your neighbor next door tested for radon in his or her water and came back clean does not mean that your home is free from it as well. Do not take any chances. Have your home tested for radon and stay safe.

Monday, June 25, 2012 @ 06:06 PM
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Bethlehem Pennsylvania Radon AbatementRadon is an odorless gas that is produced by decaying uranium underground. The gas is safe outdoors, but can leak into your home and build to dangerously high concentrations. Radon gas is only second to smoking as a cause of lung cancer. If you live in the radon-prone Bethlehem, Pennsylvania area, you can protect your home from radon gas through testing and radon abatement.

Why is Radon Abatement Important?

Testing to determine radon levels is recommended by the Surgeon General and the Environmental Protection Agency for all homes within the United States. This is the only way to ensure that the amount of radon within a home is below a harmful level, since radon gas cannot be detected otherwise. The EPA has established three zone levels to identify areas with the highest possibility of radon gas. The central and eastern portions of the United States have been designated as areas with the highest typical concentration of radon gas. In addition, Bethlehem is located in a level one zone, which has one of the highest averages for radon. The EPA recommends radon abatement procedures be implemented if a house’s levels are higher than 4.0 pCi/L; the average for homes in Bethlehem is actually above that level.

Radon Abatement and Testing in Your Home

Testing for radon is a straightforward process that can be completed within a fairly short period of time. The testing must take place on the lowest level of your home and requires a specialized charcoal canister that will collect radon gas from your home. During the testing, the windows and doors must be kept closed for a period of 12 to 24 hours. Once the test has been completed, the canister will be sent to a lab to measure the radon it has collected. Home radon test kits are available, but you may prefer to rely on SWAT Environmental’s specialists for more accurate results. Accurate testing is essential to determine if radon abatement is required.

Installing a Radon Abatement System

If the testing does report radon levels above 4.0 pCi/L, radon abatement must begin immediately. If you have not done so already, contact SWAT Environmental; their specialists can determine the ideal system to reduce the amount of radon in your home. For example, one commonly used method requires the contractors to drill within the basement floor and excavate the area to install a mitigation pump on the lower level of your home. The pump will remove the gases from the ground and route them outdoors.

The abatement process may become somewhat more complicated if the lower level is a crawlspace. The radon abatement specialist will be able to identify any additional or unique measures that need to be taken inspecting your home. Contacting an expert ensures that both the testing and the radon abatement system installation are performed accurately. Most importantly, it ensures that you protect the health of your family by having the radon gas removed from your home.