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Thursday, February 7, 2013 @ 03:02 PM
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Get Radon Mitigation in Schools Now in Colorado Springs

Radon Mitigation in Schools in Colorado SpringsThe need for radon mitigation in schools is increasing as new studies have found that Colorado Springs students may be in more danger than originally thought. New studies have shown that roughly 70,000 schools have at least one classroom with high levels of radon gas. The odds boil down to about one out of five schools. This means that many of our Colorado Springs students are in danger without radon mitigation in schools.

The statistics show that 20,000 people die from radon gas each year, which is more than drunk driving. One out of fifteen homes across America has high levels of radon gas. This has equated to more than one out of every seven cases of lung cancer being caused by radon gas. With all of the publicity and anti-smoking campaigns, who would have ever thought that more than one out of seven lung cancer patients had never smoked a single cigarette? All of this is to say that without radon mitigation in schools, our Colorado Springs, CO children are in grave danger.

Radon seeps into the foundation of buildings after forming naturally in the soil. More often than not, this is the method of entry, but radon may come from your water supply, or even the materials used to build the school. Radon is a naturally occurring, odorless, colorless, radioactive gas. While the threat of radon gas was once debated, we now know that radiation causes cancer, and more specifically, radon gas causes cancer.

Currently, there is a bill in the works created by a congressman from Iowa. This bill would provide grant funding for schools across America to afford radon testing. If schools test results show high levels of radon gas, then schools will also receive grant funding for radon mitigation. This bill would create the safety our Colorado Springs, CO students need, while not interfering with the budget for their education. This ensures the same quality of education and improved safety.

Help Get Radon Mitigation in Schools in Colorado Springs

If you have a child who attends school in the Colorado Springs area, then you need to contact your local politician and help convince them to take up the cause of protecting our children. Radon mitigation in schools is the only way that we can ensure that our schools are not a safety hazard to our children. Write your local principal, school board superintendent, and even congressman, and tell them to make our schools in Colorado Springs a safer place with radon mitigation.

There has been a cycle of lung cancer deaths caused by radon gas that has gone on for generation after generation killing 20,000 each year. With modern science, we are well aware of the threat, and need, for radon mitigation in schools. Without action, we are simply letting our Colorado Springs children suffer. We place mitigation systems in homes and offices to ensure our safety. Now is the time to stand up for the kids.

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Wednesday, January 2, 2013 @ 04:01 PM
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Colorado Springs Radon Action Month

Radon Awareness Month Colorado SpringsJanuary is radon action month for Colorado Springs residents, so it is important that you take the appropriate action to protect yourself and your family during this month. Even if you have already taken appropriate action, you can still be an advocate as thousands upon thousands die each year because of this horrible gas. Anyone can be affected by radon gas, meaning that it is important to take action during the month of January.

To support radon action month, S.W.A.T. Environmental is offering a free quote on all of our radon services. We hope this encourages you to at least call one of our knowledgeable professionals to learn more about radon gas, and possible solutions that may be taken to reduce the levels of gas in your Colorado Springs home.

Radon Action Month in Colorado Springs

Radon action month in Colorado Springs is coming faster than you may think, so we are laying out some simple steps you can take this month to make a serious impact. The first thing we highly recommend is testing your home. If you have not tested your home, you do not have any idea of the levels of radon gas. Radon can enter nearly any home in the United States, and affects one out of every fifteen homes. This means that there is a good chance your Colorado Springs home is affected. Take action during radon action month and find out what your levels are.

The second thing you may do is have a professional install a radon gas mitigation system. Once you know your Colorado Springs home has a high level of radon gas, a radon gas mitigation system is your only choice for safe health. A mitigation system may reduce your levels by as much as 99%, and allow you to breathe much easier. You are investing in your family’s health. A mitigation system may be cheaper than you think, and as mentioned, we offer a free quote. We specialize in the least invasive procedures, and so you will not even notice that your mitigation system is present. Call us today, and let us provide you with the information on how we can create a custom solution for your home during radon action month.

Lastly, maybe you would like more education on radon gas before making a decision. Please feel free to call us to speak with a representative about radon gas. We are sure to have the answers to your questions. If you do not feel like giving us a call, feel free to read over the material on our website or some material from the EPA. Educating yourself during radon action month is a great way to learn about the dangers of radon gas, and possible solutions. We hope that you share the information and knowledge you gain with your friends and neighbors. Prepare for this January, and take action.

Friday, November 30, 2012 @ 08:11 PM
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Radon in Colorado Springs, CO

Radon Gas Mitigation and Lung CancerColorado Springs, CO is known for its beautiful landscapes, and what would seem like fresh air. Although we breathe deeply assuming that there is no health risk involved in simply breathing, this may not be the full truth anymore. What comes to mind when you hear the words ‘lung cancer’? Do you think of chain smokers? While D.A.R.E. and other programs often teach us all the dangers of smoking and tobacco, radon gas should be in just as many conversations.

Did you know that more than one out of every seven lung cancer patients were diagnosed with lung cancer not because they ever smoked a single cigarette, but because they had excessive exposure to radon gas? Recent studies have proven that 16% of all lung cancer cases are due to radon gas. Accounting for over 20,000 deaths each year, radon is more dangerous than drunk driving. One out of every fifteen homes has high levels of radon gas, meaning that there is a good chance that several people on your street, or neighborhood need radon gas mitigation.

Radon Gas Forms in Colorado Springs Soil

To greater understand radon gas, let us take a look at how it appears in your home. Radon gas may enter your home through a variety of methods. Regardless of how it enters, it is always formed in the soil. As uranium breaks down, this gas is formed. The process is natural, and therefore cannot be avoided. As the gas forms, it may enter small spaces in your foundation or basement, and essentially be sucked into your Colorado Springs home like a vacuum. Another way the gas may enter is if it finds its way into your water supply. Although it is rare, building materials are also known to contain levels of radon gas.

Radon Gas Mitigation in Colorado Springs

Taking action against radon in your home is the first step to reducing your risk of lung cancer. This gas is both odorless and colorless, meaning that only testing will show whether or not your home truly needs mitigation techniques. Even if your test results show that you do not have excessive levels in your Colorado Springs home, you still may want to have a radon gas mitigation system installed in order to ensure that your home does not have to deal with the risk of lung cancer.

A properly installed radon gas mitigation system may reduce your levels by as much as 99%. Obviously, in order to see these types of results, you must hire a trained professional who has area specific experience, and knowledge as to how to handle specific cases of radon. S.W.A.T. Environmental has over two decades of experience in radon gas mitigation, and is local to Colorado Springs area. This means that we know the proper techniques to handle radon, and have seen and handled nearly every possible case imaginable. Make the smart choice, and call S.W.A.T. Environmental for radon gas mitigation.

Friday, October 26, 2012 @ 02:10 PM
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Air Quality in Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs, CO Indoor Air QualityColorado Springs, CO residents are celebrating air quality awareness month. For this month, people nationwide are educating themselves on the dangers of poor air quality, and taking action against it. While you may think there is no way you can change the air quality of the world we live in, you can easily improve the air quality of your Colorado Springs home.

To break it down simply, there are two types of air quality residents should be concerned about in Colorado Springs. The first type is outdoor air quality. While outdoor air quality is dangerous, it is important to know that every year 2 million people die from poor indoor air quality. Poor indoor air quality may come from several sources, but we have found the most dangerous source to be radon gas.

Outdoor Air Quality in Colorado Springs

The EPA has created an index to value the level of pollutants in the Colorado Springs area by summarizing the levels of four major pollutants into one single number. The pollutants measured are carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, particle pollution, and ground level ozone. The levels of these can range from 0 to 500 on the scale commonly known as the air quality index.

While this is a fairly large scale for accurate readings, you should know that anything above fifty indicates a health risk for Colorado Springs residents. The scale only increases with higher tolls to your health and the environment with a larger number. While it may seem crazy, the United States normally experiences levels above two hundred several times each year.

Indoor Air Quality of Colorado Springs

The real danger for Colorado Springs residents is indoor air quality. As many of us spend most of our time in our homes, breathing in dangerous gas can cause severe long term effects. Radon gas is one of the main causes of this poor health. Naturally occurring, radon forms from radium breaking down in the soil underneath your Colorado Springs home. This radon will seep into your home through the foundation, or enter through a number of other entrances.

As no one tests for it, radon can actually even form from building materials. Granite countertops are a common source for this intrusive gas. The EPA has done studies which have proven that radon causes lung cancer, and without proper mitigation techniques, you are exposing yourself and your family to this life taking gas.

S.W.A.T. Environmental has decades of radon mitigation experience. We also have the certifications and knowledgeable staff to answer your questions, and more importantly dramatically reduce the radon levels of your home. We have techniques proven to reduce levels in Colorado Springs homes by as much as 99%. During this month of air quality awareness call us up for a free quote, and take a grip on your family’s health with a brand new radon mitigation system from S.W.A.T. Environmental.

Friday, October 26, 2012 @ 02:10 PM
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Colorado Springs Radon Mitigation Company Recognized

Inc. 5000 Radon Mitigation Company Colorado Springs, COColorado Springs local radon mitigation company, S.W.A.T. Environmental, has just received national recognition by Inc. Magazine as one of the nation’s fastest growing businesses. Inc. Magazine is the leading source for all things business related in America. Every year Inc. Magazine ranks the fastest growing 5,000 companies, and for the first time ever, a radon mitigation company made the list. Ranked thirteenth in fastest growing financial services companies, S.W.A.T. Environmental has seen 155% growth over the past three years, and has added over sixty employees. According to S.W.A.T. Environmental’s CFO, we are on pace to have twelve million dollars in revenue for 2012.

Why a Radon Mitigation Company Grows so Fast

Being one of the nation’s fastest growing companies may make you wonder, “Why is S.W.A.T. Environmental growing so quickly? Why is radon gas becoming such an important issue?” Let me break the reasoning down into several parts. The first reason that S.W.A.T. Environmental has grown so fast is because of our appreciation for our customers, and hard work ethic. Whenever we receive a phone call from someone questioning whether or not they need a radon mitigation system, we provide the caller with as much information as possible to make a logical choice. Other companies may be pushy with sales, and will not give you all of the details, but we pride ourselves on informing our customers with facts about radon gas.

Secondly, our knowledge, experience, and certifications are second to none when it comes to radon mitigation. If you hire a general contractor, or a handy man to fix your radon problem, you may be in for a surprise. Radon mitigation takes pinpoint accuracy to find the source of the radon, and properly remove it from your Colorado Springs home. If you hire someone who is not certified, does not have years of experience handling different radon problems, and does not have a reputable name, then you may not see the radon reduction that you hoped for. If properly installed, radon mitigation systems may reduce radon levels by as much as 99%. S.W.A.T. Environmental has proven itself as a trusted name in the community of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and thus received many word of mouth customers based off of our quality service.

Lastly, the EPA has helped uncovering truths about radon gas, and its danger throughout the United States. Did you know that over twenty thousand people die each year from radon gas? Did you know that radon may be in your soil, and you would have no way of discovering it due to it being a colorless, odorless gas? The threat of radon is real. Your very life could be dependant upon a properly installed radon mitigation system. As more and more of Colorado Springs residents have discovered the facts about radon gas, we have seen tremendous growth. Do not be the last one to have a qualified, professional, experienced company install a radon mitigation system in your Colorado Springs home. Make the educated choice, and call a S.W.A.T. Environmental representative today.

Thursday, August 30, 2012 @ 07:08 PM
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Why Radon Testing is Important in Colorado Springs

Radon Testing Colorado Springs ColoradoRadon testing is often overlooked on many Colorado Springs homes, but did you know that roughly one out of every fifteen homes has high levels of radon gas? Seeping into your foundation through the soil, or even in your water supply or building materials, radon is a threat that affects all of us, and poses a great danger if not treated. Without being able to see or smell it, radon testing is the only way to figure out if your family is in danger.

Ever year, 21,000 people die from lung cancer caused by radon gas. The number of deaths each year exceeds that of drunk driving, as well as many other home threats such as fires or drowning. We safeguard our stronghold against floods, fires, and other natural disasters with insurance. We inspect our homes often for insects such as termites, and other risks such as mold. Why not have a professional provide your family with radon testing for your Colorado Springs home, to deliver the peace of mind and protection that you need.

Commercial Radon Testing in Colorado Springs

Radon testing in your home is a great idea, but many of us often spend sixty hours or more each week at work. As a business owner, often these hours may increase to an amount of working hours that is not even thought to be humanly possible. If you are inhaling a deadly gas for that many hours each and every week, imagine the health risk you exposing you and your employees to. Protect yourself, and do the right thing for your employees, by having a specialist conduct radon testing on your Colorado Springs place of business.

What to do With Radon Testing Results

As a high risk citizen of this danger by living in Colorado Springs, CO, it is important to know what to make of your testing results. Any radon levels above 4 pCi/L, or picocuries per liter is considered to be dangerous to your health. Did you know that many homes have levels above 27 pCi/L? Some homes have even been recorded of having 270 pCi/L levels of radon gas. If this does not make you aware of the importance, what if I told you that levels of this high are equivalent of smoking 135 packs of cigarettes per day?

Although the consequences and reality of a home with high levels may be scary, it is important to know that the Nation’s most trusted radon company is located right in Colorado Springs. Specializing in radon since 1988, S.W.A.T. Environmental has the radon testing you need to find out if further action is required. If your levels do come back above normal, S.W.A.T. Environmental can create a custom solution for your home to purify the air, and rid your home of this danger. Radon testing is the most important step in this process, so call S.W.A.T. Environmental today. You’ll be glad you did.

Friday, July 20, 2012 @ 04:07 PM
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Waterborne Radon Found In Colorado Springs

Radon in Water Colorado SpringsMany people were alarmed when they heard news about the rising prevalence of waterborne radon in houses in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Instead of panicking, however, simply use this news as motivation to take precautions to protect your family. Radon gas originates in the soil, where it can then contaminate wells and other underground water supplies. Radon is created by radioactive elements like radium that naturally exists in soil and rocks beneath the surface. The release of such gas naturally occurs on a daily basis, either when the gas dissipates into the open air or when radon in water reaches the surface.

A home’s water pipes, if they carry radon in the water, can become a freeway for the gas to contaminate the home. Every home can be a victim of this phenomenon if proper precautions are not taken. Testing to detect this otherwise undetectable substance, and the installation of mitigation systems when necessary, could save you a tremendous amount of money, and potentially heartache, due to health problems and medical bills arising from radon exposure. Radon is a very common cause of lung cancer. This and other health problems caused by radon are rampant simply due to ignorance about their possibility.

How to Deal with Waterborne Radon

Houses with wells are particularly prone to waterborne radon contamination, so if you own such a house, you should be particularly vigilant about having its radon levels tested regularly. SWAT Environmental’s experts can perform this type of test for you. Of course, homes on city water or other water sources should also be tested regularly since they can also become contaminated in some cases. The process for dealing with radon in a home’s water can vary from house to house; SWAT’s experts will be able to determine and implement the ideal strategy for your home. In most cases, a series of specialized filtration and aeration systems will be sufficient to correct the problem.

Alternate Ways to Prevent Radon in Water

Another option to prevent radon in water is to redesign the type of well that supplies your home with water. This is not common, but it may be necessary in certain particularly severe cases. Most bedrock wells contain a higher level of radon gas, whereas the radon from most dug or point wells can be more easily addressed by standard treatment solutions for waterborne radon. Of course, this will not totally eliminate all radon from your house, but it can reduce it to sufficiently low levels that it does not cause you or your family members any harm. Radon in water can be an easy problem to ignore simply due to the fact that you cannot smell, taste or see the gas. As a matter of fact, you often cannot even detect any symptoms of radon poisoning until a significant amount of time has passed. However, that does not change the fact that ignoring the issue can lead to very serious health problems, so have SWAT Environmental make sure your home is safe as soon as possible.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012 @ 03:06 PM
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The Importance of Radon Abatement in Colorado Springs

Radon Abatement System Colorado SpringsRadon gas is a byproduct of the breakdown of uranium that occurs naturally in the earth. Residential and commercial property owners in Colorado Springs, Colorado should be aware of the potential problems that high radon levels can create. All residential and commercial buildings should be tested for the presence of this gas, and a process called radon abatement should be performed immediately after radon is detected. Increased air quality can lower the risk of many serious health problems.

Radon Abatement and the Reduction of Health Hazards

Radon gas in the open air outside is generally minimal and therefore not harmful. Due to the natural occurrence of this radioactive gas, it is impossible to entirely prevent; it is only when the gas accumulates in an enclosed area that it becomes dangerous. The process of radon abatement can, however, successfully reduce or eliminate its presence in living spaces. Inhalation of radon is the second leading cause of cancer in the United States, so immediate attention to the situation will benefit anyone who regularly breathes the surrounding air in an impacted home, office or other establishment. Since radon gas is colorless and odorless, it can be very difficult to detect. At-home testing kits can be purchased at your local hardware store. If high levels of this gas are detected, a more in-depth test should be completed by experts with experience in this field from SWAT Environmental.

The Process of Radon Abatement

While there are do-it-yourself products and online tutorials for performing radon abatement, undertaking this task yourself is not advised. SWAT Environmental’s specialists have been professionally trained in this area, have access to specialized equipment for radon detection and are experts in how to successfully redirect radon gas out of and away from your home. The best methods of eliminating radon in the surrounding air depend primarily on factors like the age and integrity of the structure. Sealing alone is generally insufficient, according to the EPA. Most effective solutions involve suction, vents, fans and piping to pull radon from the soil and redirect it to the outside air. Once outside and above the building, the radon is significantly diluted. Homes with a crawlspace benefit from the installation of plastic sheeting and suction tubes for redirection of the gas. Some structures may require what is called active soil depressurization, a different type of system that accomplishes the same purpose.

Secondary Benefits of Radon Abatement

Those who are on the fence about the importance of radon abatement may be interested to learn about the secondary benefits that result from the process. As radioactive radon gas is redirected outside of the home, other harmful allergens are averted as well. Due to this increase in air exchange, homes and offices are filled with fresher air, helping to reduce all manner of potential allergens and pollutants. The amount of excess moisture in the air is also reduced when a proper ventilation system is in place. This helps to lower the risk of certain harmful molds. The net effect is to keep your family far safer from many different potential health problems.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012 @ 07:04 PM
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Measuring Radon Levels is Important

Radon Levels in ColoradoRadon gas cannot be seen, smelled or tasted, but excessive exposure to it can be fatal. Homes can be found in all 50 states that contain radon levels, and the Colorado Springs area is no exception. Therefore, it is important for all houses in this area to be tested regularly. Even if homes near yours contain low radon levels, it is still possible for the levels in your house to be dangerously elevated. Testing is really the only way to know for sure how much radon gas is in a particular building.

Radon can find its way into a home through a crack in its foundation, walls or floors. It can also be found in its water, especially well water. Human exposure to elevated radon levels can be very dangerous as the gas is a carcinogen; in fact, it is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking. It is formed by the radioactive breakdown of radium and other elements that are found naturally in almost all soil. When the radon becomes trapped inside a home, it may build to levels much higher — and much more dangerous — than those outside.

Colorado Springs Radon Levels

Once radon gas has been produced in the soil it moves through the ground into the air above, although some does remain in the soil and dissolves in water that flows underground. The average radon levels around the Colorado Springs area can reach 7.5 pCi/L. It has been determined that the levels above 4.0 pCi/l are unsafe in a home, school or workplace. The measurement pCi/l stands for picocuries per liter; it is the standard method for measuring radon levels.

If you live in Colorado Springs, you can request that a radon test be done during the inspection before buying a new home. If the radon levels are excessively high, you can put a mitigation system on the Inspection Resolution Form. In order to test for the radon it is necessary to place two canisters in the lowest finished area of the home. They are placed about four inches apart and left exposed for the exact same time period. The house must be closed up for 12 hours before the test. After the test is finished the canisters are taken to a local testing center for analysis.

Of course, you should still have your home’s radon levels tested regularly to ensure that you and your family are safe. You can perform a home version of this test yourself, although it may take some time to complete. A professional test from SWAT Environmental’s experts will be both quick and accurate. If your home does contain excessively high radon levels, they will be able to plan and install any necessary mitigation systems. This will protect you and your family members from the ill effects of high radon levels.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012 @ 02:03 PM
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Radon Gas is a Silent Killer, Colorado Radon Mitigation Is Necessary

Radon Mitigation Colorado SpringsRadon gas has often been called the “silent killer” since it is a colorless, odorless and tasteless gas. In sufficiently high concentrations, radon gas can lead to a broad range of health conditions like lung cancer and emphysema, or even death in those exposed to particularly high gas levels. While not a threat in the open air, radon gas in your home or apartment could put your health seriously at risk. Unfortunately, radon gas has been detected in the past in homes in the Colorado Springs area.

Radon gas is naturally produced, and like many gases it seeks to rise to the highest possible point. Therefore, if your home offers any type of opening big enough for the gas to slip in you could find yourself dealing a radon contamination. The gas rises up through the soil, and will seek any minute cracks in your basement or in your foundations through which it could continue rising — into your home. Although a very small amount of radon may not be an issue, once it begins to enter your home, its levels could easily continue to rise until they become deadly. So what are your options for radon mitigation if you find yourself in this position?

SWAT Environmental Radon Mitigation Colorado

Your first step should be to have your home put through a radon gas inspection. Even high levels of radon gas can be impossible to detect on your own. Therefore, it is critical that you bring in a professional with all of the necessary equipment to give your home in Colorado Springs a floor to ceiling sweep. Once the building has been thoroughly checked, and you know just how much radon you do or do not have, the inspector will need to determine how it got into your home in the first place. He will check your basement for cracks and crevices, as well as for any openings in the seams of your foundation. Once all potential entrances have been located, he will check to see if the radon is slipping in through them. Otherwise, you could find yourself in the exact same situation again.

The final step in the radon mitigation process is to seal over these cracks and to clean out the radon gas that has already entered your home. Once the seal has been made and the air cleared, the specialist will check the air again to be sure that the gas levels have not risen again. If they have, it means that there is still another entrance, which he will then have to locate and seal as well.

The process for clearing your Colorado Springs home of radon can take some time as the radon mitigation company works through the process of elimination to find all gas sources. However, given the consequences of an unfixed radon gas problem, in addition to the skills and equipment needed to properly seal any leaks, it is important if you live in this area that you work with a qualified radon mitigation company to keep your family safe.