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Wednesday, April 17, 2013 @ 04:04 PM
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Ann Arbor Radon Mitigation

HUD Ann Arbor Radon MitigationLast year there was over 20,000 deaths related to radon gas, making it one of the most dangerous gases in America. There were more deaths from radon gas than drunk driving, and radon gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer deaths. With the numerous cases of radon gas lung cancer, now roughly one out of every seven cases of lung cancer are caused by radon gas.

Last month we covered the new regulations by HUD in guarding the safety of tenants who rent in multi-family homes. The new HUD regulations make it stricter on multi-family homeowners, but it is in all good health of the tenants. With the new regulations, all multi-family homeowners must test all units of their multi-family home if the home is financed through HUD. If the Ann Arbor home shows there are high levels of radon gas, then a Ann Arbor radon mitigation system will be required in order to lower the gas levels.

Ann Arbor Radon Mitigation Process

The Ann Arbor radon mitigation process is not as difficult as it may seem. The first and most important thing to do for your home is to have a test. Radon gas cannot be seen or smelled, making it a silent killer. Tests will determine whether or not your Ann Arbor home has high levels of gas. There are two types of tests you need to be aware of. The first type of test is a short term test which will provide you your levels of gas within 2 to 9 days. Additionally, there is a long term test that can provide results within several months. The long term test is slightly more accurate. Make sure that you close all doors and windows as much as possible during the testing process to ensure that your home will have the most accurate results in Ann Arbor.

The second part of the Ann Arbor radon mitigation process is radon removal. If your tests show low levels of gas, then no further action is required. If the test results show high levels of gas, then you will need to have a mitigation system installed. The mitigation process should be conducted by having a specialized contractor complete the work.

S.W.A.T. Environmental has the years of experience of Ann Arbor radon mitigation, and will be able to properly reduce the levels of gas in your home. When hiring a company for radon mitigation, it is important to know whether or not they are certified, and familiar with area specific Ann Arbor radon mitigation. S.W.A.T. Environmental is local to the Ann Arbor area, and we have all of the necessary certifications. Contact us today for a free quote, and ensure that your home has quality radon mitigation work. Stay up to date with the recent HUD regulations, and provide your Ann Arbor tenants with a safe and healthy place to live.

Thursday, September 20, 2012 @ 04:09 PM
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Ann Arbor’s S.W.A.T. Environmental is Deemed Fast Growing

Inc. 5000 SWAT Environmental Radon Mitigation MIAnn Arbor’s S.W.A.T. Environmental was just named one of the fastest growing companies in America by Inc.com. S.W.A.T. Environmental is the first radon mitigation company to ever make this list, and is ranked thirteenth for fastest growing company in the environmental services industry. Growing at a rate of 155% over the past three years, it is impressive how quickly this once small Michigan company, has expanded out from its roots to cover twenty six states with over forty locations.

Ann Arbor residents have been a detrimental part in our success. In case you did not know, radon is naturally occurring, and may be entering your Ann Arbor home through the soil, water supply, or maybe even the materials used to build your home. Radon was first discovered in the early 1900′s by Friedrich Dorn, and was quickly found to be radioactive. Normally, the source of radon is the break down of uranium in the soil beneath your home. As the radon forms, it may seep into your foundation, and into your home.

The EPA has declared it a fact that radon causes lung cancer. Every day, nearly sixty people die because of radon gas. This number is larger than the number of deaths from drunk driving, fires, and many other tragedies we rightfully put a lot of attention on. 7.8 million homes in America are estimated to have above normal levels of radon. Now is the time to take a handle on your Ann Arbor radon problems, and contact a professional about radon mitigation.

Radon Mitigation in Ann Arbor, MI

Deciding to have a radon mitigation system installed in your Ann Arbor home is the smart choice. Before you contact us, you should test your home for radon to determine whether or not a radon mitigation system is necessary. Odorless and colorless, testing is the only way to determine whether or not further action is required on your Ann Arbor home.

What separates S.W.A.T. Environmental from other radon mitigation companies in Ann Arbor is our years of experience, and certifications. We understand it can be a stressful time when you receive above normal radon levels, and therefore we are ready to step in. You will not have to worry, as the second you call us, you can rest assured a certified professional who has years of experience, and is properly trained will be able to handle your Ann Arbor radon mitigation.

Last but not least, we would like to thank all of you for making S.W.A.T. Environmental such the success that it is. Ann Arbor is a great city that we love to be a part of. It brings us great happiness to know that we are able to help citizens each day reduce the levels of radon gas in their home. Thanks so much for your business, and please spread the word about the dangers of this horrible gas. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. Thank you Ann Arbor, and we look forward to many more years in this community.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012 @ 05:03 PM
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Radon Gas Risks Solved with Radon Mitigation

Radon Mitigation Ann ArborSince the 1980s, the Michigan Department of Public Health’s Division of Radiological Health has studied the potential risks of radon gas to the area’s citizens. To monitor this risk, the Environmental Protection Agency initiated statewide radon testing of resident’s homes in 1988 to determine the average level of indoor radon gas levels in homes. The study discovered that 12 percent of homes had elevated indoor radon levels, according to guidelines set by the EPA. Because radon is an odorless and tasteless gas, many people are not aware when they have a problem — especially since they suffer no immediate symptoms when exposed to the gas. Over time, however, excessive radon gas levels can lead to lung cancer and a variety of other health problems. Therefore, you should protect your family from the dangers of radon gas exposure by having the air in your home tested for contamination.

Homes that test higher than four picocuries are considered to have a high radon level; if this is true of your home, you should have the radon levels lowered to avoid endangering your health. Radon mitigation is the general term for the process used to reduce the radon gas levels in a home. Some people think that sealing their home is sufficient to correct radon issues. Although this may prevent additional radon from entering the house, it does not solve the problem of the gas that is already in the house. If anything, making a home air-tight will only worsen that problem. Instead, you will need to hire a firm that specializes in radon mitigation to deal with the entire problem. For example, they may employ a method called “sub-slab depressurization” to move radon-contaminated air outdoors. Another possible method is called “soil suction.” This draws the gas from the house into a pipe which takes it to the air above. Other methods to reduce the levels of radon gas in homes are available as well; which the firm you hire uses depends on the source of the gas.

Radon Mitigation Michigan

If your house was built before 1986, you may qualify for a free radon mitigation system. The city of Ann Arbor has approved the rerouting of footing drains out of the public storm sewers. To accomplish this, contractors need to install a sump pump in the basements of volunteer’s homes. For their participation, volunteers will receive a radon mitigation process, new drains and a mitigation system. You must meet certain conditions to qualify for the free system. The program is offered to homeowners living in five study areas; volunteers must live in one of these areas to be recruited into the program. Other qualifications for volunteers include having a 24 inch deep catch basin between property lines and having failed a radon test. Developers are looking for homes that meet these conditions to qualify for the funded program. If one of the conditions do not apply to you, however, you should still hire a radon mitigation company yourself if you do have a radon problem.

To help find certified radon mitigation contractors, you should rely on the EPA guide “The Consumer’s Guide to Radon Reduction.” It will help you select a certified radon contractor and a safe mitigation system. You can also find a list of certified radon contractors from the National Radon Safety Board. These contractors are guaranteed to be trained and knowledgeable in the safe reduction of radon. You can find up-to-date information on the National Radon Safety Board’s website on radon mitigation.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012 @ 08:02 PM
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Radon Gas Invades Ann Arbor, Michigan

Radon Gas MichiganWhether you have just moved to the Ann Arbor area or have been a lifelong resident, it is important to be aware of the problem posed by radon gas. Radon is present virtually everywhere in the environment, and it is a serious threat to anyone who lives in the Ann Arbor area. If you have not yet had your home tested for radon gas, every day you delay could be putting your family at greater and greater risk.

To understand why radon testing is so important, it helps to know a little bit about what radon gas is and what makes it so dangerous to residents of the Ann Arbor area. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer deaths among smokers, and the number one cause among those who do not smoke.

Radon Gas Threatens Your Health

The health impacts of radon gas for Ann Arbor are cumulative, meaning that the risk builds up over time. The longer you delay having your home tested, the greater the damage could be. Delaying having your Ann Arbor area home tested can also make any mitigation steps you need to take that much more difficult and more expensive.

One of the most dangerous things about radon gas is the fact that it is so difficult to detect. Radon gas is invisible to the naked eye, and it has no smell or taste either. That means you can never really know whether you have high levels of radon in your Ann Arbor area home until you have the property tested.

Radon requires specialized equipment to detect, and that is why it is so important for homeowners to choose a company with the experience and expertise needed to do the ob right the first time. Choosing the wrong company to do your radon testing and mitigation could actually make your radon problem worse, and more costly to mitigate.

Contact S.W.A.T. for Radon Mitigation in Michigan

It is important to look for a radon testing company that has prior experience in the Ann Arbor area, since every part of the country has a different type of radon problem. In some parts of the country, radon gets into homes primarily through contaminated groundwater, while in other areas the main issue is contaminated soil and the surrounding foundation.

A good radon testing company will be able to check your Ann Arbor area home both inside and out, and they will be able to pinpoint exactly where any contamination is coming from. Determining exactly how and where radon is entering your home is important, since it is the first step in getting rid of the problem once and for all.

If you have not yet had your Ann Arbor area home tested for radon, now is the perfect time to remedy the situation. The longer you wait the greater the radon gas damage could be, so take a few minutes to protect your health and the health of your family.