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

HUD Knoxville Radon MitigationIf you read our last monthly update, then you are probably aware of the new updates to HUD’s policies for multi-family properties. In an effort to improve the safety for tenants and renters, all multi-family home units must be tested for radon gas, if the property is financed through HUD. Additionally, any unit showing a high level of radon gas will need to have a mitigation system installed in order to properly reduce the levels back to normal for the Knoxville home.

If this sounds a little overboard to you, then you probably are not aware of the dire need for Knoxville radon mitigation. Roughly one out of every fifteen homes has high levels of radon gas. Beyond having a Knoxville radon mitigation system installed, we are seeing the long term effects happen every year. Over 20,000 people die each year from lung cancer related to radon gas. As the nation’s second leading cause of lung cancer, we need to take appropriate action in reducing the risk of cancer throughout Knoxville and the United States.

Knoxville Radon Mitigation Process

The first step in the Knoxville radon mitigation process is to have a test completed on your home. Testing is extremely important as there is no other way of knowing for certain whether or not this gas has entered into your home. Be sure to test every unit of all multi-family homes in order to stay compliant with HUD regulations.

The two types of tests you should be aware of are short term and long term. The long term test may take a month or so to complete, but has higher accuracy. The short term test may be completed in about a week and is considered accurate as well. Regardless of the test you choose for your Knoxville home, be sure to have the doors and windows shut as much as possible as to provide you with the most accurate reading.

If your Knoxville home shows high levels of radon gas, then you will know that Knoxville radon mitigation will be needed. The Knoxville radon mitigation is needed for two reasons. The first reason is to protect whoever is living in the house by having quality air pumped in and cancerous radon gas removed. The second reason being is to stay in compliance with the new HUD regulation.

S.W.A.T. Environmental has the certifications necessary to properly lower your levels of gas in your Knoxville home. We are the nation’s most trusted radon mitigation company, and we are local to the Knoxville, TN area. If your home or multi-family home returns high levels of radon gas, be sure to contact a specialist at S.W.A.T. Environmental who can provide you with the proper radon gas reduction. We always offer a free quote, and will be able to reduce your gas levels by as much as 99%. Contact us today, and start breathing the S.W.A.T. Environmental difference.

Friday, March 8, 2013 @ 03:03 PM
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The Threat of Radon Lung Cancer in Knoxville, TN

Radon Lung CancerRadon lung cancer is a serious concern for those living in Knoxville, TN. We all have heard of how terrible radon gas is, but you may not know about how many are directly affected by it each year. Radon gas comes from the soil, and depending on where your home is, you may be placed just above an area of high concentration. If this is the case, and your home has high levels of gas, it is almost promised that you will need a mitigation system installed.

If you own a home, then it is important that you make sure to test your Tennessee home often, and have an air purification system installed if your levels are high. If you are renting a home, then you may or may not be able to have the means of installing a mitigation system. It does not make a whole lot of sense to invest in a property that you will not own at the end of the year.

The American Lung Association is proud of the actions taken by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development that will help solve all of this. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD is now making it a mandatory action for all multi-family homes financed through them to have a radon test. In addition, any multi-family homes that are financed through HUD that return high levels of gas will be required to have a mitigation system installed.

Applauds from the American Lung Association on Radon Lung Cancer Reduction

The American Lung Association is so glad of these efforts as radon lung cancer is a serious epidemic. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer, making up for about 15% of all cases. In addition the reduction of radon lung cancer

HUD is actually a piece of a bigger community effort of organizations comprised of the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Environmental Protection Agency, and last HUD. Together these organizations are dedicated to improving the health of those affected by radon gas, and other factors that harm health. The dedication to improving Knoxville, and national home safety is evident, as HUD has taken such a strong stance to reduce radon lung cancer.

S.W.AT. Environmental is glad to help in the efforts of reducing the radon gas levels in homes across the Knoxville area. We know that we can improve the overall health of a home with our efforts, and our proper installation of radon mitigation systems. We look forward to reducing radon lung cancer in Knoxville, and hope to work with HUD, landlords, homeowners, and others to improve the health of homes.

Thursday, February 7, 2013 @ 07:02 PM
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Knoxville Radon Mitigation in Schools and School Safety

Radon Mitigation in Schools in KnoxvilleKnoxville, TN residents are all in debate about the new gun laws being proposed by the President. Whether or not we agree with them, nearly everyone can agree that some type of action must be taken to make our schools and public areas safer. Knoxville residents may not know that one of the most dangerous things to them gets very little attention. Radon gas is a silent killer that enters homes, schools, office buildings, and any other structure, and wrecks havoc causing lung cancer and death to over 20,000 people each year.

If you have a child that attends school in Knoxville, TN, or if you are a teacher or faculty member, you need to push for radon mitigation in schools. Radon mitigation in schools can ensure that our Knoxville schools are safe from this toxic, deadly gas by reducing its levels by as much as 99%. This way we know for certain that all of our Knoxville schools are healthy, and that we do not have to worry about anyone involved with schools getting lung cancer because of radon gas.

In order to know whether or not radon gas has infected a local Knoxville school, the first action that must be taken is testing. This gas is both colorless and odorless, meaning that you must take a test in order to know for certain whether or not the Knoxville school has radon. A bill is being proposed by a member of congress which will have a long term plan to reduce the radon in all schools across the nation. If passed, this bill will provide the necessary funding to reduce levels of radon gas. The money will be dispersed in grant form to all schools for testing. Schools which are determined to have high levels of gas will receive additional funding for mitigation.

Knoxville’s need for Radon Mitigation in Schools

Radon forms in the soil beneath Knoxville schools and homes. When the uranium in the soil breaks down, radon gas forms. This gas may enter the tiniest of places, and enter through the foundation, water supply, or even building materials. No matter how this gas enters, radon mitigation in schools is the only way you can ensure the gas is removed. A professional at S.W.A.T. Environmental has all of the training and certifications necessary to remove and reduce the radon in Knoxville schools.

If you live in Knoxville, you need to contact a local politician or school board member and tell them of the importance of radon mitigation in schools. You may also wish to write a letter to a member of congress. Radon in schools has become a serious problem that cannot be solved without your help. Make a vow to take action and improve the Knoxville, TN area by advocating for radon mitigation in schools wherever and whenever you possibly can.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013 @ 09:01 PM
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Preparing for Radon Action Month in Knoxville, TN

Radon Action Month Knoxville TennesseeComing up in less than a month is radon action month. Now is the perfect time for you to prepare your Knoxville, TN home to be fully protected. Do not let another year pass you by without taking the appropriate action. Schedule your necessary actions for radon action month, and sleep well at night knowing that your Knoxville, TN home is safe and protected from radon gas.

Radon gas kills over 20,000 people each year nationally. The sad part about this statistic is that your home can be fully protected with the proper precautions. Radon action month is the best month to schedule a test for your Knoxville home, set up an appointment for a mitigation system to be installed, or take spread the word through advocacy about the dangers of radon gas. No matter what you do, make sure you are doing something to help reduce the risk of radon gas causing health risks across the United States.

How Radon Gas Affects Knoxville, TN

If you did not know, radon gas forms in the soil beneath your Knoxville, TN home. When uranium breaks down beneath your Knoxville, TN home, radon gas forms. As this gas forms, it is a natural process that cannot be stopped. You must realize that this gas can enter the smallest of spaces such as your foundation or even your water supply. Once infiltrated, action must be taken in order to properly reduce your levels.

Taking Action in Radon Action Month

If you want to take action during radon action month, you will first need to schedule to have your Knoxville home tested for radon gas. Once you have your home tested, you will be able to get a much clearer idea of how infected your home is. Radon gas cannot be seen or smelled, meaning that the only way you can fully know whether or not your home is being affected. Once your home is tested you will have a peace of mind knowing whether or not further action is necessary. If further action is necessary, you can contact S.W.A.T. Environmental for a free quote on a new mitigation system. If your levels are normal, there is no need for further action, and all you have to do is retest your home in a few years.

If your Knoxville home has dangerous levels of radon gas, radon action month is the time in which you should take action to protect your home. Do not let your family breathe this toxic gas any longer. S.W.A.T. Environmental has decades of experience, and all the certifications needed to properly install a mitigation system in your home. Once your mitigation system is installed you may notice drops of up to 99% of radon in your home. Contact S.W.A.T. Environmental for a free quote on a new mitigation system during radon action month.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012 @ 03:12 PM
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Knoxville, TN Lung Cancer Concerns

Lung Cancer Preventable with Radon Gas MitigationLiving in Tennessee, we always hear about the concerns of smoking, and just how bad it is for our health. Imagine that you had never once smoked a cigarette in your life, yet you were still diagnosed with lung cancer. How would you react? What would you tell your family? What would you think may have caused the lung cancer?

Despite its fantasy, and somewhat unlikely thought for many, this is the actual reality for thousands each year. Did you know that 16% of all lung cancer cases are caused by radon gas? The people who are diagnosed with lung cancer because of radon gas have not smoked a single cigarette in their entire life, yet are still subjected to the same health risks.

Why is Radon Gas so Dangerous in Knoxville

Roughly one out of every fifteen homes experience unhealthy levels of radon gas. This means that one out of fifteen homes are in need of a radon gas mitigation system in order to reduce the levels within the home. Many Knoxville, TN homes are at risk, and without testing, may never know for sure whether or not they are truly in danger.

By the numbers, radon is more dangerous than drunk driving, killing in excess of 20,000 each and every year. Over one out of every seven people you meet who have lung cancer will have never smoked a cigarette, and rather been diagnosed with lung cancer due to radon gas. This is a scary reality that more and more Americans are facing.

In Knoxville, TN, radon gas forms from uranium in your soil. As the uranium breaks down, it turns into a radioactive gas known as radon. This gas may easily enter your water supply, or make its way through your foundation or basement, and into your home. Because of the pressure below the ground, your Knoxville home actually sucks up the radon gas.

Radon Gas Mitigation a Necessity in Knoxville, TN

The gas is both odorless and colorless, so the only way to determine whether or not action is required is through testing. Even those who test and have negative results often have a professional install a radon gas mitigation system just to be on the safe side. If installed properly, a radon gas mitigation system may reduce levels by as much as 99%.

When you contact a professional at S.W.A.T. Environmental, you know you are contacting the best of the best when it comes to radon gas mitigation. Specializing in radon gas mitigation for over twenty years, and local to the Knoxville area, you know you are receiving the best possible treatment for your home. We specialize in making your radon gas mitigation system as least visible as possible, so you will hardly even notice it is there. With all the certifications necessary, we are the brand the nation has come to know and trust to provide excellent radon gas mitigation.

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

Tennessee Indoor Air QualityKnoxville, TN is known for its mountains and southern hospitality. Unfortunately, know Knoxville is getting recognition for poor air quality. Air quality is becoming more and more of an issue throughout the Tennessee area as the EPA further discovers the health risks and pollutants causing serious damage to citizens.

October is air quality awareness month, meaning during this month Knoxville residents should learn about dangers of poor air quality, and take action to protect their humble abodes from this danger. It is important to realize that there are both indoor and outdoor dangers to you as far as air quality goes, but taking as much action, and learning the most you can is the best way to protect yourself and loved ones from these dangers.

Air Quality Health Risks in Knoxville

Every single year over three million people die from poor air quality. While many of these deaths are labeled as outdoor or indoor air quality respectively, it is important to realize that both go somewhat hand in hand. Letting polluted air into your home, and not properly venting it out with a purification system can lead to the same health effects or greater(as we often spend more time in our homes) as those of outdoor air quality.

Outdoor air quality may come from a variety of sources, but for Knoxville, Tennessee, the EPA has decided to monitor carbon monoxide, ground level ozone, particle pollution, and sulfur dioxide levels. These four pollutants are summarized in a level known as the air quality index. This index gives a rating between 0 and 500. Any level above 50 is considered dangerous for residents of Knoxville. Although you may think that America has safe levels, you may be shocked to find out that areas of the United States currently have above levels of 50.

Another threat to Knoxville is radon gas. Radon gas may enter your Knoxville home through the soil. Entering in a variety of other ways as well, radon gas has been proven to cause lung cancer, and eventually death. Attacking roughly one out of every fifteen homes, protection is necessary. Protection for your Knoxville home may be easier than you think with the help of S.W.A.T. Environmental.

Taking Action Against Poor Air Quality in Knoxville

As this is air quality awareness month, we are encouraging everyone to do the right thing and take action this month. We always offer a free quote on all of our services, so you have nothing to lose and only your health to gain. Imagine breathing clean air by the end of this month, because you took the step to contact S.W.A.T. Environmental and have a certified, experienced professional come to your Knoxville home and properly install an air purification or radon mitigation system. Do not delay your health any longer, and take the necessary action to protect your Knoxville home from poor air quality.

Thursday, September 20, 2012 @ 08:09 PM
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Knoxville Radon Reduction Company Recognized for Growth

Inc. 5000 SWAT Environmental Radon Reduction KnoxvilleOne of the fastest growing companies in the United States is located right in Knoxville, TN. Recently recognized by Inc Magazine, the nation’s source for all business news, Knoxville radon reduction company S.W.A.T. Environmental was placed on their list of fastest growing companies in America. Hiring sixty five employees in the past three years, spanning 26 states, and continuing to grow, S.W.A.T. Environmental is the nation’s leading radon reduction company.

What makes us grow so much faster than so many other Knoxville companies, and other companies across the United States? We credit much of our success to our companies main goal- to provide quality radon reduction for Knoxville homes and businesses, as well as homes and businesses across the globe, in order to minimize the risk of lung cancer. If you did not know, radon gas kills in excess of 20,000 people in the United States every single year, meaning it is a serious concern. With our mind on this goal, we have been able to successfully treat many homes.

Over the past ten years S.W.A.T. Environmental has seen growth of 3,000%. Going from a one person radon mitigation company to over 100 employees, we are rapidly growing and enjoy reducing the risk of lung cancer of the residents in Knoxville. For the year of 2012, we are projected to have revenue of $12 million according to our CFO.

Your Knoxville Radon Reduction Company

What makes us different than many other radon reduction companies is that we will take the time to explain our process for your Knoxville home. Depending on the location of your vapor intrusion, we will come up with a custom solution for your Knoxville home or business. We pride ourselves on using the least invasive methods possible on your home. The most common location for vapor intrusion is your soil. Radon often forms as Uranium breaks down in your soil, and can seep through your foundation into your Knoxville home.

Another difference between radon reduction companies that advertise to be experts and S.W.A.T. Environmental is the years of experience. We have essentially been pioneering proven methods of radon reduction since 1988, and have all the necessary certifications. When you decide to install a radon reduction system, you should not risk your health or your families health with the chance of having a radon reduction system poorly or improperly installed. Leave this work to a trusted professional in the Knoxville area, S.W.A.T. Environmental.

Lastly we would like to thank all of our customers and the residents of Knoxville for helping us become such as success. We continue to try to spread the news of the dangers of radon gas, but would not be able to if it was not for the great citizens in the Knoxville area. We encourage you to continually test your home if you have not installed a radon reduction system, and to continue share the dangers of radon gas with your neighbors. Thanks Knoxville!

Friday, August 31, 2012 @ 01:08 PM
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Radon Testing in Knoxville, TN

Radon Testing Knoxville TennesseeKnoxville sure is a beautiful town to live in, but many of its citizens are not aware of the importance of radon testing. Living in the south, many often assume that radon may only affect the northeastern states, but the Appalachian is actually one of the regions with the highest levels of radon gas. This means that your Knoxville, TN home may be at a much greater risk of radon intrusion than other cities. Currently one out of every fifteen homes has radon levels that are above the acceptable amount.

There are many dangers associated as radon, as it produces a high level of radioactivity. This level is so high, that it has actually limited the amount of studies scientists are able to do because of health concerns. Radon testing is the only method in which radon gas may be detected as it is both colorless and odorless. Radon testing should be completed every two to five years to ensure that your Knoxville home is safe from any radon gas.

Radon Testing and Statistics in Knoxville

Did you know that some homes have shown levels equivalent to smoking 135 packs of cigarettes per day? Did you also know that the number of annual radon deaths exceeds that of drunk driving? Many people who have never smoked a single cigarette before end up being struck down by lung cancer because of radon. Do not become a statistic. Protect your family today and schedule radon testing.

There may be either short term or long term radon testing. Short term only takes two to seven days while long term will take ninety days to complete. If you have not tested within the past two or three years, it may be best to go with short term radon testing for the quickest result. Long term radon testing does however boast more accurate results. Remember that even if your radon testing showed low levels, it is important to re-test every two to five years as new radon may enter via your foundation, water supply, or other outlets.

Hiring a Knoxville Radon Mitigation Company

When hiring a mitigation company, it is important to seek a professional with experience in the line of business. With decades of experience, and all the necessary certifications, S.W.A.T. Environmental is your premier mitigation company. Often less qualified individuals may boast the skill set of providing proper radon reduction, but ensure they have all the certifications and experience needed. This is not general labor, this is protecting your and your family’s life.

S.W.A.T. Environmental is located right in Knoxville, TN to provide local radon mitigation if your radon testing results are above normal. We always provide a free quote, so there is no obligation in calling us. As the nation’s leading radon mitigation company, we have built our name on quality, honest work, and would feel honored to protect your home. Schedule radon testing today.

Friday, July 20, 2012 @ 06:07 PM
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Waterborne Radon Treatment in Knoxville, Tennessee

knoxville radon in water
Radon is an undetectable radioactive gas that can cause cancer after long-term exposure to high levels. Radon is created underground and escapes through cracks in the bedrock. In many cases, it eventually accumulates in homes either by slipping through cracks in the basement or by dissolving into the water supply. If your Knoxville, Tennessee home is supplied by a bedrock well you may be at a particularly elevated risk for radon in water. Radon is a silent killer that goes undetected in many homes until it is too late.

How Waterborne Radon Enters the Home

Drilled wells that are deep enough to penetrate the bedrock are liable to pull a significant amount of radon into the house along with the water. Any cracks or gaps in the bedrock allow radon to dissolve into the water supply, and pose a risk to those who use that water in their homes. Water that comes from a lake or reservoir is considered surface water and is much less likely to contain radon. The radon present in surface water is usually released into the air before it reaches the pipes that pump it into a house.

Drinking water that contains radon may cause stomach cancer occasionally, but that is actually not the biggest health concern in most cases. The chances of developing stomach cancer by ingesting radon are fairly small. A much greater concern is airborne radon in water. After the radon escapes the water, you can significantly increase your risk of lung cancer by inhaling it. Any time radon in water is used inside the home, radon particles are released into the air and become breathable. 

Testing for Radon in Water

If you use a deep water well in Knoxville, Tennessee, you should take the precaution of having its water tested. The longer you are exposed to radon, the more your chances of developing serious health problems increase. Testing kits can be obtained online or at most hardware stores; however, if you do not feel comfortable performing the test yourself, you can have a technician from SWAT Environmental perform a professional version of it for you. Testing is the only way to detect whether or not your water contains too much radon, since you will not be able to smell, taste or see the substance.

Treatment for Waterborne Radon

If a radon detection test reveals that high levels of radon are present in your water supply, several options are available to efficiently remove the radon before it negatively impacts your health or that of your family. A treatment process called aeration can eliminate approximately 99 percent of all radon in the water before it even reaches your home. It achieves this by pumping large amounts of clean air into the well water and then diverting the radon-laden air outside into the open air. Other equipment may also be necessary in some cases, but SWAT’s technicians can determine how best to handle the issue in your home.

Monday, June 25, 2012 @ 08:06 PM
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Reducing Knoxville Radon Levels with Radon Abatement

Radon Abatement Knoxville TennesseeRadon abatement in Knoxville, Tennessee is necessary if testing has found high levels of radon in your home. Radon is an undetectable gas that gives off radioactive particles as it breaks down. The gas originates in the soil; these radioactive particles can then be released into the air underneath a home or around a basement. Generally speaking, if there are no structural problems like spaces or gaps between the slab and the walls of the home, or between the basement and the walls or slab, then the radioactive particles are released into the open air and never become trapped within the home. Unfortunately, that is not true of many houses.

Radon Abatement Necessity

Radon has been identified as a carcinogen that can cause cancer when a person is exposed to it in higher levels. If your home does contain concentrated levels of radon gas, you could be putting yourself or members of your family dangerously at risk for developing symptoms of radon poisoning — potentially even lung cancer. Since radon gas is undetectable without specialized equipment, you could be exposed to high levels of radon and only find out once it is too late and your health is irreparably damaged. For this reason, it is better to err on the side of caution and have your home tested if you live in or around Knoxville.

Radon Abatement Specialists

If you have tested your home and found that it contains high levels of radon gas, the next step is to contact radon abatement specialists from SWAT Environmental. These specialists are skilled contractors who specialize in radon abatement. Considering the consequences of continued exposure to concentrated radon gas, this is one problem you should not attempt to correct yourself. The contractor can determine the best type of radon abatement system for your house.

Radon Abatement Methods

One common radon abatement method is known as soil suction. Since radon originates in the soil, a pipe is set up to suck the radon-contaminated air out of the soil under the house and channel it up through the roof, where it is expelled into the open air and dissipated. This method ensures that the radon bypasses your home entirely, and is often the most effective means of radon reduction. However, the type of radon reduction system that will work the best in your home varies depending upon the type of foundation your home sits on and the source of the radon it contains. For example, sealing foundational cracks is a common preventative measure; it is generally used in conjunction with other techniques. Home pressurization is a technique that blows air into basements or living spaces from outside or upstairs in an attempt to dilute the radon level using clean air. The final technique is called a heat recovery ventilator. HRVs work like a window unit air conditioner by sucking outside air into the unit and expelling either hot or cool air into the home. Whichever radon abatement technique or techniques SWATs experts select, you can be confident that they will keep you and your family safe.