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Thursday, April 18, 2013 @ 04:04 PM
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Pittston Radon Mitigation Needs

HUD Pittston Radon MitigationIn case you missed last month’s update from S.W.A.T. Environmental, there are new updates to HUD regulation that requires radon testing and mitigation appropriately. The full scale of the regulations require that all units in multi-family homes financed through HUD must have a radon test conducted. If tests show that any specific unit has high levels of radon gas, then a Pittston radon mitigation system must be installed to reduce the levels of radon gas.

Every year that goes by, more than 20,000 more lives are taken away in the form of lung cancer. How you ask? Radon gas. Radon gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer, and is responsible of so many deaths each year. If we are to protect the lives of those who we are housing in our multi-family homes, and our own lives, we will need to ensure testing and installation of Pittston radon mitigation systems. This will ensure that our homes do not have this dangerous gas trapped within them.

Handling Pittston Radon Mitigation

If you are trying to ensure that your multi-family home is up to the latest standards, then you are going to have to test your home. The first step in Pittston radon mitigation is a radon test. A radon test will give a good perspective on whether or not your home is in danger of high levels of radon gas, and allow you to appropriately take the correct action.

The two types of tests that you should be aware of are a short term and a long term test. A short term test may take as short as a few days. A long term test may take several months to complete, but it will boast a little more accurate results. It is recommended that your doors and windows are shut for the majority of the process in order to ensure the most accurate results.

Once you have your test results, you will be able to make an informed decision as to whether or not Pittston radon mitigation is necessary. It is very simple. If your gas levels are above a certain point, then a mitigation system is necessary. If your gas levels are not above a certain point, then your home is safe and not in need of a new mitigation system.

S.W.A.T. Environmental specializes in Pittston radon mitigation. We have been practicing for over 20 years, and will be able to properly reduce the radon gas in your home. We are completely certified, and have the area specific knowledge to reduce your gas levels. We provide a free quote, and a representative will be happy to answer any questions that you may have. Do not hesitate to call. Get your Pittston home back up to the most recent standards from HUD in order to prevent action being taken against your home. Contact S.W.A.T. Environmental today.

Friday, March 8, 2013 @ 02:03 PM
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Radon Lung Cancer in Pittston, PA

Radon Lung CancerIf you have ever rented a home or apartment in Pittston, PA, then you probably know that landlords are not always going to provide you with the level of home safety you deserve. What we are referring to more specifically is the reduction of radon lung cancer. Radon lung cancer occurs in many people just like you and me, who were simply not aware of the gas, or did not know of how affordable it is to have a mitigation system installed. If you are renting a home or apartment, then you know that it does not make a lot of sense to invest in the home that you do not own, and will be leaving the following year.

Pittston, PA residents can now be thankful of a new policy set in place by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. This new policy will help alleviate the dangers of radon lung cancer from so many. New regulation set in place will require all multi-family homes that are financed through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will be required to have a radon test. Testing is important as this gas cannot be seen or smelled, leaving it essentially undetectable without testing. Additionally, any multi-family home that is financed through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development that has test results showing high levels of gas will be required to have a mitigation system installed.

The threat of radon lung cancer in the United States is overwhelming. This gas kills over 20,000 people each year, and is the second leading cause of lung cancer. The American Lung Association is extremely pleased of the efforts of HUD in improving the air quality of so many in Pittston, and across the U.S. It is noted that a new air purification system will not only reduce the amount of radon that people breathe in, but it will also further improve lung health by having improved ventilation, and reduced moisture in the air. If you have not had your Pittston, PA home tested for this gas, you need to test your home as soon as possible. If your home returns high levels of the gas, a mitigation system needs to be installed as well.

HUD Reduces Radon Lung Cancer in Pittston

HUD is actually part of a union of organizations that are dedicated to improving home safety, and the health of homes. This union is between the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Environmental Protection Agency, HUD, and the U.S. Department of Energy. Together these organizations are going to be able to accomplish great things. S.W.A.T. Environmental would like to salute HUD, and all of these agencies for their strong stance, and even more valuable action, at improving the safety of homes in Pittston, especially with helping us reduce radon lung cancer.

Thursday, February 7, 2013 @ 06:02 PM
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Reasons for Radon Mitigation in Schools in Pittston

Radon Mitigation in Schools in PittstonWhen a child leaves home in Pittston, PA and is headed to school, we assume they are going to be safe. With recent tragedies, school safety has come under a watchful eye, yet one of the biggest dangers has been over looked. There is a gas located in these Pittston, PA schools that can cause lung cancer and death in over 20,000 people each and every year. In order to make sure that our students, faculty, and teachers are all protected, we need to have radon mitigation in schools in Pittston, PA.

A bill is being proposed which if passed would provide all of the necessary funding for testing and mitigation of public schools. There would be grant funding for schools to have radon testing completed. The reason that testing needs to be done is because this gas can only be detected through a specialized test as radon is odorless and colorless. Schools which receive test results of high levels of radon gas would then receive additional grant funding for radon mitigation in schools. The main aspects to focus on are that schools need this type of precautionary safety, and we do not have to worry about schools having to spend their educational budget on this as it will all be grant funded.

Benefits of Radon Mitigation in Schools in Pittston

To get an idea of the threat level of radon gas in Pittston, PA, you should know that one out of seven people diagnosed with lung cancer have it because of radon gas. Our schools are currently unsafe as one out of five have high levels of radon gas. This means that 70,000 schools across the nation are carrying a substance known to cause cancer. In short, radon is the asbestos of this generation, and it needs to be removed.

Radon gas can enter schools in Pittston through several methods, but not matter how it enters, mitigation is the only way to remove it. Radon mitigation in schools can reduce the levels of radon gas by as much as 99%. Radon mitigation in schools by S.W.A.T. Environmental can ensure that all schools have safe levels of this gas, and in the danger of causing lung cancer to anyone. If we are to take pride in the safety of our children, we need to start with radon mitigation in schools.

While this proposed bill is a great idea, there is no way it will ever pass without the help and support of people like you. Our congress is only as powerful as we make them, and our voice is only heard if our words are spoken. We must write members of congress to show our support for healthy children and school safety through radon mitigation in schools. Contact a local politician in Pittston, PA, or a member of congress, and tell them that we need radon mitigation in schools.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013 @ 08:01 PM
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Protecting Your Pittston Home in Radon Action Month

Radon Action Month PittstonRadon action month is quickly approaching, but are you prepared to take action for your Pittston, PA home? Many Pittston residents are not prepared to take the necessary action, so S.W.A.T. Environmental is providing you with the education you need to take action this radon action month.

Radon gas kills over 20,000 people each year, meaning that radon gas kills more people than drunk driving. New research has proven that radon is responsible for approximately 15% of all lung cancer cases. This means that over one out of seven people diagnosed with lung cancer may have never even touched a single cigarette. Even if you have taken all the other precautions to reduce your risk of lung cancer, a mitigation system is a serious need in reducing your risk of lung cancer.

Radon forms from the natural process of uranium breaking down. This occurs in the soil beneath your Pittston, PA home. As the radon forms, it may seep through the smallest of spaces such as the foundation of your home. Radon may also enter your water supply. This means that even if you do not have uranium or radon beneath your home, an affected water supply could cause the same damage.

Taking Action this Radon Action Month

In order to take action this radon action month in Pittston, you will need to have a set of plans. The first thing you should do is test your home. Radon gas is both odorless, and colorless, so the only way you will be able to determine whether or not you are infected is through having a professional test your home. Once you have your test results you will be able to take the appropriate action for your Pittston home. If you do not have high levels of radon gas, you may simply reschedule a test a year later. If your levels are high, you will need to call a professional company to conduct the mitigation that your home needs.

S.W.A.T. Environmental has been providing mitigation systems for homes for decades. This means that you can rest assured, knowing that your home is being handled by an experienced radon mitigation specialist who can reduce your gas levels by as much as 99%.

Once your Pittston, PA home’s levels are reduced, you will be able to breathe a big sigh of relief knowing that your home is safe. Do not leave your Pittston, PA home’s safety up to someone who is only slightly trained in radon mitigation. Take action this radon action month with professional services provided by S.W.A.T. Environmental. S.W.A.T. Environmental specializes in the least invasive procedure of radon mitigation, meaning that you will hardly even notice that a mitigation system is on your Pittston home, but you will still be benefiting from the dramatic reduction of radon gas. Call us today for a free quote, and protect your Pittston, PA home.

Monday, December 3, 2012 @ 09:12 PM
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Pittston, PA Alarmed at Lung Cancer Concerns

Eliminate Lung Cancer Risks with Radon Gas MitigationPittston residents may assume that lung cancer is only caused by smoking cigarettes, but new studies have proven this to be untrue. Did you know that roughly 16% of all lung cancer cases are actually caused from radon gas? New studies and research have confirmed this sad, but shocking statistic.

When patients go to see a doctor, and are diagnosed with lung cancer, it is easy to assume the person has smoked packs of cigarettes religiously. Doctors are often shocked to hear Pittston lung cancer patients claim that they have never touched a single cigarette, but this is becoming more and more common. Statistically, more than one out of every seven patients with lung cancer are diagnosed strictly because of radon gas.

Pittston Radon Gas Mitigation

Radon gas mitigation in Pittston, PA can help remove radon from your home. Around one out of every 15 homes suffer from high radon gas levels, meaning there is a good chance that your Pittston home is in dire need of radon gas mitigation. Every single year, roughly 20,000 lives are taken in the form of lung cancer because of radon gas. If you do not know by now, radon gas is a serious health concern, and can easily be treated.

Radon forms in the soil beneath and around your home. As uranium breaks down, it forms radioactive material. We all know the dangers of radioactive material, so it only makes since that this would be harmful to you. This material seeps into your home through cracks, and small spaces in your foundation. This material may also enter your water supply and infest your home. If you have not already guessed, this material is radon gas. Radon gas mitigation is the only solution to getting rid of this gas.

Radon gas mitigation can remove up to 99% of this gas, and have your home clean and fresh again. Because radon is colorless and odorless, you probably are uncertain whether or not your home is infested. In fact, you are uncertain, as the only way to know for sure is through radon testing. Calling a professional to conduct radon testing in your Pittston home will allow you the peace of mind of knowing whether or not your home is infested or not.

When you receive your test results, you will be able to determine whether or not radon gas mitigation is necessary. If your levels are above the normal, accepted levels, then radon gas mitigation is a necessity for your home, and you should call a professional immediately. Do not risk your safety and health with a company you do not trust, or a company that does not specialize in this industry. S.W.A.T. Environmental has decades of experience, and is local to Pittston, PA, meaning we know how to deal with the area specific radon problems. Call us today, and start breathing clean air again.

Friday, October 26, 2012 @ 08:10 PM
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Pittston Air Quality Observed by EPA

Indoor Air Quality in PennsylvaniaThere are a lot of health risks in today’s society, but with modern technology, doctors have researched solutions that have proven to save us from these illnesses that used to be deadly. Although technology and research has come a long way, there is still a gap, even in Pittston, PA. Two million people perish every year from poor indoor air quality. Pittston residents should take charge during air quality awareness month, and have an air purification system installed in their home.

The EPA has already made an index for us to view the air quality of a given city. This index is commonly known as the air quality index, or AQI. Pittston residents can view the overall air quality of their city by going to the EPA’s website. The air quality index has a scale of zero to five hundred, factoring in carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, particle pollution, and ground level ozone layer.

These factors are a great way to summarize the air quality of Pittston, PA. You can quickly access and discover whether or not Pittston’s air quality is safe or not. The scale breaks down into several parts. Zero to fifty indicates a safe level of air pollution. This means that the air is deemed clean with no adverse health risks present. The level between fifty and one hundred indicates a risk to sensitive groups. The risk level increases between 100 and 200, affecting more and more people. Levels above two hundred essential affect everyone adversely. While the risk level increases, and air quality is dipleeting above 200, there are two main levels you need to know. Fifty indicating the breach of safety, and two hundred, essentially stating everyone is affected.

Radon Gas and Air Quality

Radon gas is another threat to the air quality of Pittston, PA. Radon gas is created naturally in the soil beneath your home, and seeps into your home through the foundation, water supply, or several other methods. Regardless of how it gets into your Pittston home, your home is now a breeding area for lung cancer unless you take proper action. One reason radon gas is not included in the air quality index, is the fact that it could be isolated to a single home. Your Pittston home may have radon gas, but the only way to know for sure is with radon testing.

Obviously, with millions of lives lost every single year because of air quality, this should be a lot bigger of a concern that it often gets attention for. Radon gas and pollutants combine to kill so many each year, but the real sad thing is that many of these deaths may be preventable. With an air purification system from S.W.A.T. Environmental, you can have the radon mitigation you need, and reduction of pollutants to allow you to breathe easy. Take action for your Pittston home during air quality awareness month.

Thursday, September 20, 2012 @ 07:09 PM
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Pittston, PA Radon Reduction Company Paves Way for Radon Industry

Inc. 5000 Pennsylvania Radon Reduction CompanyFor the first time in the history of Inc Magazine, the nation’s leader in business information, a radon reduction company has received recognition for being one of the nation’s fastest growing companies. With a 3,000% increase over the past ten years, it is no wonder that S.W.A.T. Environmental has been more than deserving of this award. According the CFO, S.W.A.T. Environmental is on pace for $12 million in revenue for the year of 2012.

While the impacts of our hard work have finally shown, we could not have accomplished the goals we set out without the help of the great residents in the Pittston area. What started out as a dream to provide quality radon reduction across the nation has finally come true. We wanted to rid as many households as possible of this horrible, lung cancer causing gas. What started out with only one radon reduction specialist has spread to twenty six states, and over forty locations, serving the Pittston area.

Why Our Pittston Radon Reduction Company is so Successful

You are probably curious how a Pittston, PA radon reduction company has become so successful. There are a lot of reasons for our success, but one of the major reasons is our quality of work. Being in this industry since 1988, we have the experience of knowing what works, and what does not affect your radon levels. We are in the business of removing radon gas, not just installing a mitigation system. Anyone can hook up a few pipes, but it is important for the radon reduction system to be properly installed at the source of the radon gas. We pride our installation as being as least invasive as possible for your Pittston home. We send a radon reduction specialist to your home, not a general contractor, but someone who specializes in the removal of radon gas. We have all the necessary certifications to properly complete radon reduction on your Pittston home. Be wary of companies that do not want to display their certificates, or those who have not been in this industry as long, as radon reduction is a process with little room for error in Pittston, PA.

Another difference between our radon reduction company and others, is our care for our customers in Pittston, PA. Did you know that in order to know what levels of radon gas you have, a test is necessary? This vapor is odorless, and colorless, meaning that testing is the only true way of detection. We state this because often people purchase a mitigation system when there is no real need to due to no radon being detected in their Pittston home. Also, tests allow proper installation, as it is important to pinpoint the source of this dangerous gas in order to properly remove it. We always will give you a quote for free before any work is done, and you can even call us toll free. We will gladly answer any questions you have, so stop worrying whether or not your family is at a higher risk of lung cancer, and call your local Pittston, PA S.W.A.T. Environmental.

Thursday, August 30, 2012 @ 08:08 PM
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Radon Testing for Pittston, PA Homes

Radon Testing Pittston PennsylvaniaAs many Pennsylvania residents have heard, the Penn State community lost a great coach with the death of Joe Paterno. Whether or not you are a Penn State fan, you must respect his legacy and contribution to college football. The saddest part is that his death may have been avoidable with radon testing. Radon has been linked to causing lung cancer, which is the same thing that struck down Joe Paterno. Pittston, and the entire Pennsylvania area may be at a higher risk of this killer natural gas, meaning that it is vital to have radon testing completed on your Pittston home as soon as possible.

Many Pittston residents have heard of radon, but many are not aware of the dangers it may cause. It may seep into your house through the foundation or many other ways. You may feel safe if you do not have a basement, but radon can just as effectively enter your home without a basement. As a colorless, odorless gas that claims over 20,000 lives each year, radon testing is extremely detrimental to protecting you and your family’s health. A mitigation system may be necessary to reduce the vapor levels in your home, if they are deemed to be at an unsafe level.

Radon Testing Process for Pittston Residents

As a resident of Pittston, you do not need to be scared about radon, because S.W.A.T. Environmental is available to help radon proof your home. As the nation’s largest radon mitigation company, you can be assured you are in good hands with certified specialists that know the ins and outs of radon testing and mitigation. The first part of the process begins with radon testing. Depending on your home, a long term or short term may be the most appropriate test. A short term test may take as few as two days or as long as seven. A long term test will show the most accurate results, but may take as long as ninety days to be fully completed. Radon testing should always be administered by a certified professional to assure the results are accurate and are not skewed by human error.

Once the radon testing has been completed, you should be able to see if your test results reflect a dangerous level of radon gas. Gas levels in excess of 4 pCi/L are considered to be dangerous and destructive to your health. If your home has levels above 4.0 pCi/L then a mitigation system is necessary. Luckily, S.W.A.T. Environmental is your local Pittston mitigation company that can help if your radon testing results returned dangerous levels. A friendly radon specialist will be able to install an air purification system, custom for your Pittston home’s radon problems. With the mitigation system installed, you will be able to breathe clean air. Roughly one out of fifteen homes are infected with radon, so have a professional conduct radon testing today, and take the appropriate action.

Friday, July 27, 2012 @ 07:07 PM
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Radon in Water in Pittston, Pennsylvania: How to Deal with the Threat?

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Every living organism needs clean water to sustain life. That is why the consequences are so serious when a water supply becomes polluted with dangerous toxins or poisons. One common water contaminant that can be found in both private and public water supplies across the United States — and especially in the Pittston area — is radon.

Radon is a tasteless, unscented, and colorless water-soluble radioactive noble gas that generates naturally during the decay of uranium. Typically, it is found in igneous rocks, soil and water. Since it has radioactive properties, radon is deemed to be a threat to human health. More concerning is the fact that it cannot be easily detected without the use of proper testing equipment. This means that radon could be present in your home’s water supply without you ever realizing it.

The Health Hazard of Radon in Water

Health researches show that radon in water causes the buildup of the gas in buildings and residential houses. The radon-rich water can be ingested by the people living in the contaminated home, or the radon particles can escape from the water and be inhaled. Once they get inside the human body, the radioactive particles cause damage to the cells that protect the lungs and eventually can result in lung cancer. Usually, it takes a few years for the symptoms to start showing up and alert the individual of the possibility of radon existence in the house. Initial symptoms of radon exposure can include bronchitis, pneumonia, infections, heavy breathing, wheezing and coughing.

Waterborne Radon in Pittston, PA

Recently, there has been a progressive increase in public awareness about radon in water and its possible effects on human health. In fact, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency now considers radon to be the second most common cause nationwide of lung cancer, next to cigarette smoking. The EPA estimates that one out of five homes across the country are contaminated with some level of radon in water. Some parts of the United States, though, are at a higher risk than others. Unfortunately, the levels of waterborne radon in Pittston, Pennsylvania reportedly are among the highest anywhere.

How to Deal with High Levels of Radon in Water?

The first step in dealing with radon in water is to have your house tested to determine exactly how much radon it contains. The experienced and reputable experts from SWAT Environmental have the experience and equipment necessary to complete this process for you. If your house is found to be contaminated with radon, these experts can install any necessary equipment to remove it for you. It is also a good idea to ask about the levels of radon in water before buying or renting a house or office building in Pittston, Pennsylvania to ensure that you, your family and your employees are not being put at needless risk.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012 @ 02:07 PM
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The High Cost of Radon as an Unwanted Basement Tenant in Pittston

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While there are emotional and financial costs associated with relatives moving into a family’s basement, those costs pale in comparison to the havoc that can be associated with having radon as a tenant. According to United States Environmental Protection Agency, radon gas causes an estimated 21,000 lung cancer deaths each year, second only to cigarette smoking. Radon, an invisible, naturally occurring radioactive gas, is formed from the decay of uranium in the soil. The gas then percolates upwards into a home through cracks and holes in its foundation and ends up trapped in its basement, gradually infecting the rest of the house.

The Importance of Radon Abatement in Pittston

Radon may be more prevalent in Pittston because of the fact that Pittston is well known for coal mining. In a study conducted by the Environmental Radon Group which appeared in the Journal of Environmental Radioactivity, researchers showed that radon and its daughter compounds were responsible for cancer in mine workers. Mining frees radon which then affects the miners.
Knowing how people are exposed is important in minimizing exposure. Radon exists either as a gas or as particles, which means that people either inhale or swallow radon. Exposure to radon increases the risk of multiple serious health conditions, although lung cancer is the most common. This is one of the many reasons radon abatement is necessary. The risk is higher when a person is exposed simultaneously to other lung cancer-causing compounds. It is therefore important to minimize simultaneous exposure to cigarette smoke, radon from the mines, and basement radon to help minimize an individual’s risk to developing lung cancer. As Pittston undergoes revitalization, older buildings are being demolished and newer structures are taking their place; it is important to ensure that these new building are designed with radon abatement in mind.

Does your Home Need Radon Abatement?

Since radon is invisible and has no scent, it is difficult to determine if your home has been contaminated. You can purchase various “do it yourself” radon test kits from most hardware stores and home supply stores. The Environmental Protection Agency recommends performing a short-term test first and then following it up with either another short-term test or a long-term test to confirm the results. To avoid the possibility of errors or inaccuracies, many people choose to have an expert from SWAT Environmental perform a professional version of the test for them.

Radon Abatement Strategies

Once radon is detected in a home, there are a variety of strategies SWAT Environmental’s technicians can use to decrease its levels. These strategies usually include some type of unique ventilation system to remove the gas. Additionally, the specialists will usually seal all foundation cracks and openings to ensure that the radon stays out.

Radon abatement and the accompanying reduction it brings to cancer risk are vital if you live in a radon-contaminated house. Especially if your home is located in a radon-prone area like Pittston, you must stay constantly vigilant about the potential for radon contamination.