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Thursday, April 11, 2013 @ 04:04 PM
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Bloomington Radon Mitigation Needs

HUD Bloomington Radon MitigationThe recent updates to the regulations of HUD are ensuring that regardless of the state of a multi-family home, now it is required to have a radon mitigation test. This is extremely important as this gas is growing as a threat to the health of many in the Bloomington, IN area. Without proper testing and Bloomington radon mitigation, the safety of many homes will continue to be unsafe. With the help of S.W.A.T. Environmental, we plan on improving the health of homes throughout Bloomington, and the rest of America.

Radon gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer. Cigarettes take first place, but their security in this spot is fading with the increased radon gas deaths, and decline in smoking. Roughly one out of seven cases of lung cancer are caused by radon gas, meaning that it is more of a threat than you probably think. More people perish each year from radon gas than drunk driving, so we are very thankful that HUD has made.

The current regulations require all multi-family homes financed through HUD to have a radon test. This radon test must be completed for every unit in the multi-family home. If a unit returns a high level of radon gas, then a mitigation system must be installed. Be sure to contact a professional Bloomington radon mitigation company who can provide the proper installation and treatment of your home.

Following the Bloomington Radon Mitigation Procedures

The first step in treating your home will be to have a test to ensure whether or not your home has high levels of radon gas. This gas is both odorless and colorless, so the only way you will be able to get a good idea of the levels in your home is through having a test. There are two types of test that your Bloomington home may have. A short term test may take as short as a few days, while a long term test will take longer. Regardless of the type of test you do, it is important to keep all windows and doors closed as much as possible to ensure the most accurate readings.

Once you have your test results, you may need further action. Bloomington radon mitigation can help lower your levels if your home returns high test results. You will need to make sure that you are hiring a certified specialist who will be able to properly reduce the levels of radon gas. S.W.A.T. Environmental has decades of experience in the radon business, and we are located in the Bloomington area. This means we are able to handle all of the needs that you may face that are area specific. We always offer a free quote, and may reduce the levels of your home by as much as 99%. Contact us today for Bloomington radon mitigation, and keep your multi-family home in compliance with HUD.

Thursday, March 7, 2013 @ 05:03 PM
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Radon Lung Cancer Reduction from HUD Regulations in Bloomington

Radon Lung CancerResidents of Bloomington, IN are excited about recent regulation that will make their homes a much safer place. While the connotations with the words regulation are not always the best, these regulations are ensuring tenants’ rights and safety in multi-family homes. If you live in a multi-family home as a tenant, you are probably aware that there is not always full regulation of whether or not all the maintenance or care of the home is maintained. With the help of HUD, there is new regulation to protect everyone in Bloomington, IN and across the nation.

Radon gas has been a serious threat that has damaged the lives of thousands of families each year through radon lung cancer and death. This was once a mysterious gas that was not always contributed to the 21,000 annual deaths of radon lung cancer it causes, but much like asbestos, modern day science has realized the cause and effects of breathing in this horrible gas.

The Source of Radon Lung Cancer

Starting in the ground beneath your Bloomington home, this gas is formed when uranium breaks down. As uranium breaks down, radon gas forms and creates a serious health problem as it may seep through the foundation of homes, or even enter the water supply. No matter how the gas enters a Bloomington, IN home, the effects can be devastating. The gas is known to kill 21,000 people each year, and is the second leading cause of lung cancer. Somehow, we have allowed this gas to infiltrate many homes, without any serious recourse of reducing the amount of gas in these homes.

There is a team of organizations and departments that have joined forces together to improve the overall living quality of homes in Bloomington, IN and across the United States. The organization is known as the Federal Healthy Homes Work Group. The organization consists of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the Environmental Protection Agencies. With everyone joining forces together, we will be able to end substandard health conditions noted for homes across America.

HUD has been greatly applauded for their efforts to provide safe homes in Bloomington, IN and across the United States. HUD has made it mandatory for all multi-family homes financed through HUD to be required to have a radon test. This is important as radon is both odorless and colorless, meaning that a radon test is the only way to fully determine whether or not a home is truly endangered by this gas. Once the test is returned, it is now mandatory for all HUD financed multi-family homes to install an air purification system to reduce the levels of radon gas in the home. The American Lung Association points out that this will reduce even more lung diseases by having a purification system that can remove moisture and ventilate the Bloomington home.

Thursday, February 7, 2013 @ 03:02 PM
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Why Radon Mitigation in Bloomington is Needed

Radon Mitigation in Schools in BloomingtonBloomington, IN residents may already know about the threat of radon gas on their homes, but many are not aware of the threat that radon gas can have on our schools. Radon affects one out of every fifteen homes across America, but in contrast it actually affects on out of every five schools. Radon has the effect to cause cancer, and kill thousands upon thousands each and every year, so it is understandable why there is such a strong push for radon mitigation in schools.

Bloomington, IN residents need to take the necessary action to ensure that all of our public schools are a safe haven. 20,000 people die from radon gas each year, meaning that this is a serious threat to our children, teachers, and faculty. Exposing so many individuals to this dangerous gas is not a smart choice, and radon mitigation in schools is the only way we can ensure that everyone is in a healthy learning environment.

Radon Mitigation in Schools for Bloomington

Radon gas forms in the soil beneath Bloomington, IN schools. In the soil is where the creation process starts. Wherever you find uranium, you are doomed to have radon as well. Even though uranium is natural, when it breaks down it forms the cancer causing gas known as radon. Radon is radioactive, and so you know that it is dangerous. When radon gas forms, it may enter the smallest of spaces because it is in a gaseous state. As radon seeps into a school building, it will only build up in concentration unless action is taken. Radon gas is invisible, and it cannot be smelled either, meaning that the only way you will ever be able to stop it is through mitigation.

Radon mitigation in schools can help us reduce the risk level that we are exposing our children to. A mitigation system will remove the radon gas from a building and replace it with fresh air. This process ensures that our children are in a healthy learning environment, and reduces their risk of cancer. It is crazy to think that even after so many years, we still have not taken the appropriate action with radon mitigation in schools. We can prolong the life of thousands if we start providing a clean air in the buildings of our schools in Bloomington, Indiana.

In order to make this a success, a bill needs to be passed to mandate schools in the Bloomington are to test for radon, and provide mitigation as needed. Currently, a congressman is proposing a bill that will provide grant funding for all schools to have radon testing conducted. Schools which return high levels of radon gas will be able to have radon mitigation in schools funded through additional grant money. This is a sure fire way to protect the health of our nation. Contact your local school board superintendent and explain to them the need of radon mitigation in schools.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013 @ 08:01 PM
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Bloomington, IN Radon Action Month

Radon Awareness Month Bloomington IndianaRadon action month is fast approaching, and S.W.A.T. Environmental has a question for Bloomington residents. Are you prepared? Last year tons of Bloomington, Indiana residents took a stand against radon gas and had their home tested, had mitigation systems installed, took the initiative to advocate against radon gas, or even simply take the step to further personal education on radon gas. In case you are not aware, 20,000 people die each year because of radon gas. Imagine never touching a cigarette, but still being diagnosed with lung cancer because of radon gas. This is a horrible reality that many in Bloomington are facing.

In addition to the tragic number of deaths, there are also an overwhelming number of homes which are affected. One out of every fifteen homes has high levels of radon gas, and is in need of a mitigation system. Certain areas, such as Bloomington, may be at a higher risk level. It is important to test your home frequently to be aware whether or not your home is affected, and to take the appropriate action if necessary. Start planning this December your plan of action for radon action month.

Taking Action for Radon Action Month in Bloomington

In order to take the appropriate action, you must see what level you are at in diagnosing the gas level in your Bloomington home. If you have never had a professional conduct a radon test on your Bloomington home, January may be the perfect time to have a professional conduct one. Radon gas cannot be seen or smelled, meaning that a test is the only way to know for certain whether or not you are at a high risk. Scheduling a test is more than half the battle for radon action month. If your levels are normal, you can simply go about your life normally, and schedule another test a few years down the road. If your levels are above normal, then a mitigation system is only a phone call away.

Having a professional install a mitigation system into your Bloomington home for radon action month is a life or death choice. I am not trying to be dramatic, but if your home has high levels of radon gas, and you are not taking the appropriate action, then you have just raised your risk of lung cancer. All of this can be avoided by simply calling your local Bloomington S.W.A.T. Environmental.

If you are debating whether or not a mitigation system is right for you, you should take into consideration how important a mitigation system is to your health. You may want to consider the cost as well, but you may be shocked at how affordable a mitigation system is from S.W.A.T. Environmental. Take action this radon action month, and call us today for a free quote. Remember to test your Bloomington home first, then call the experts at S.W.A.T. Environmental.

Friday, November 30, 2012 @ 07:11 PM
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All Bloomington, IN Citizens at Risk of Lung Cancer

Lung Cancer and Radon Gas MitigationWhen you hear of lung cancer, a lot of preconceived ideas come to mind. Obviously the person diagnosed was a chain smoker. Obviously the person had been smoking several packs every single day of their life started very early. Although these statements may seem to be true to most, new research shows that more than one out of every seven people diagnosed with lung cancer may have never touched a cigarette in their entire life.

This must seem like a giant mystery. How did these people in Bloomington get diagnosed with lung cancer if they have never smoked a single cigarette? Radon gas has been proven to cause lung cancer, and research shows that it comprises 16% of all lung cancer cases. Doctors are now stating that radon gas is one of the top 10 things to be concerned with as far as cancer, as studies have found it has contributed to 20,000 deaths annually. Radon gas mitigation has been a proven effective method for reducing the levels of radon gas in your home, and therefore reducing your risk of lung cancer.

Radon Gas Mitigation in Bloomington

We all know that there are a multitude of pesticides and chemicals that are stated to cause cancer. It seems like every day you hear of a headline claiming some common household item has been thought to cause cancer. While these household items, non-organic farming methods, and chemicals placed inside our food lack long term research, there is no certainty whether or not many of them are dangerous. Of course, if you do not want to take any chances, eating natural foods, and avoiding chemicals are always good practice.

Where radon gas is different is the proven nature of its health effects. We all know that radiation causes cancer, and radon gas causes radiation. Therefore it is common knowledge that radon gas is dangerous to your health in high concentrations. The only thing up for debate is the actual number of related cases of lung cancer that are caused by this horrible gas, which studies are proving to be right around 16%.

Radon gas mitigation can dramatically reduce the levels of radon in your Bloomington home, and ensure that you are at a lower risk to have lung cancer. As stated previously, we know that radon gas causes lung cancer, but personally I believe there is a chance it may cause other cancers as well. Standing in a radioactive gas causes lung cancer as it is inhaled, but it makes sense that a radioactive gas could also cause damage to your skin, and other parts of your body to which it is exposed. Having a professional treat your home with proven radon gas mitigation methods can make your home a safe haven from this horrible gas. Do not become another statistic of lung cancer, and contact S.W.A.T. Environmental today.

Friday, October 26, 2012 @ 03:10 PM
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Bloomington, Indiana Air Quality Problem

Indiana Indoor Air QualityIf you are a resident of Bloomington, Indiana, then air quality is a problem you may have already heard of. Did you know that poor air quality is linked to early mortality, permanent lung damage, increased effects of asthma, shortness of breath, tightness in the chest, and many other damaging health effects? On top of the poor air quality, radon gas is another threat that you should be aware of. Each year over 20,000 people perish from radon gas in the form of lung cancer.

At this given moment, your Bloomington, Indiana home may be a hotbed for breeding long term health problems simply because of poor air quality. Radon gas, may be reduced by as much as 99% with a properly installed air purification system. You may be able to reduce levels of other pollutants as well with our air purification systems.

Air Quality Index in Bloomington

Now that you know the serious health concerns related with poor air quality in the Bloomington area, you need to know about the air quality index which helps determine the safety of your area in regard to air quality. The EPA designed the air quality index to help determine the true safety by factoring in four common air pollutants, and creating a scale which resembles the health risks associated with varying levels of these pollutants.

The AQI encompasses sulfur dioxide, carbon monoxide, particle pollution, and ground level ozone. These are four great determining factors when calculating the air quality of your Bloomington home, but remember that the AQI does not include radon gas. Radon gas can form in nearly any soil, and seep into your home or basement through the foundation. It is important to have a professional test, and install an air purification system as necessary for proper radon mitigation.

So just how unhealthy is the air quality of Bloomington? On a scale of 0-500, the air quality index score will give us a good idea. Only 0 to 50 is considered a safe level with little to no health risks. 50-100 is the first of the danger levels indicating a health risk for many of the citizens of Bloomington. Although this is the first danger level, this is the range of the current air quality in Indiana, and informs us that Bloomington is not safe in regard to air quality.

The scale continues to grow reflecting greater and greater danger, with levels in excess of 300 indicating hazardous levels. To put it into perspective, levels in excess of 300 may not be found unless you were actually in a forest fire. The EPA does state that levels in excess of 200 have been observed several times a year, and indicate dangerous levels for everyone. Now that you know your increased likelihood of health risks due to poor air quality, take action during air quality awareness month, and start breathing clean air again.

Thursday, September 20, 2012 @ 03:09 PM
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Bloomington Radon Mitigation Company Awarded

Inc. 5000 Indiana Radon Mitigation CompanyBloomington is known for its high levels of radon gas, and need for radon mitigation. The local radon mitigation company S.W.A.T. Environmental has just been awarded as one of the top fastest growing companies according to INC.com. INC.com provides an annual list of the fastest growing companies, and for the first time ever, a radon mitigation company made this list. With 155% growth over the past three years, and adding over sixty employees, S.W.A.T. Environmental has essentially been the stimulus to the Bloomington, Indiana area.

S.W.A.T. Environmental would like to thank every homeowner, real estate agent, business owner, and others we have worked with for trusting us to provide radon mitigation on your home or business. It is our pleasure to provide the necessary radon mitigation, and we greatly appreciate your business. Without our loyal customer base, S.W.A.T. Environmental would not be the leading radon mitigation company that it has became.

Why Radon Mitigation Concerns Bloomington Residents

If you are a Bloomington, IN resident, you have probably heard of radon gas, but may not be aware of all the dangers it is known to cause. Radon gas has been proven to cause lung cancer in over twenty thousand people each year, many of whom may have never smoked a single cigarette in their life. If this statistic is not enough to raise concern, what if I told you that radon gas kills more each year than drunk driving?

So where exactly does this radon come from? Radon typically will enter your home through seeping into your foundation. Naturally occurring, this gas is created by the uranium which breaks down in your soil. Soil suction is a popular method of radon mitigation in which the gas is directly removed from the soil. Air purification systems or ventilation systems in your Bloomington home may also greatly reduce the levels of radon in your home. A properly installed radon mitigation system may reduce your radon levels by up to 99%.

The Bloomington S.W.A.T. Environmental Difference

When you contact a representative of S.W.A.T. Environmental at our Bloomington, IN office, you will be greeted by someone who is not trying to sell you radon mitigation service, but rather help inform you of the dangers, and answer any questions you may have. We are never pushy, and will always offer you a free quote. All of our staff has your best interest in mind, and will try to get you the lowest price possible. Radon is invisible, and the only way to know whether or not you are effected is through testing. Schedule a test as soon as possible to discover your radon levels.

Depending on your radon levels, you may or may not need a radon mitigation system. The standard benchmark for dangerous levels is anything above 4 pCi/L. If your home or business has above, or near this level of radon gas, our company has the experience, knowledge, and certifications to properly create a custom system that works for your home. Thank you again for your business, and trusting S.W.A.T. Environmental with your home’s safety. We look forward to helping others for many more years in the Bloomington, IN community.

Thursday, August 30, 2012 @ 08:08 PM
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Bloomington Radon Testing

Radon Testing Bloomington IndianaRadon testing in Bloomington, IN may be a foreign term to you, but it should not be. We inspect our homes and insure them against fires, floods, termites, mold, and many other potential threats. Did you know that your home may be creating the same effect as smoking 135 packs of cigarettes each day? Radon testing is the only way to know your radon levels, and often Bloomington homes may have five times the limit suggested by the EPA.

Killing over twenty thousand people every single year in the form of lung cancer, it is not shocking that the EPA has deemed radon as a serious threat. As this gas is odorless, tasteless, and colorless, radon testing will be the only way to determine your threat level. Measured in picocuries per liter, 4 pCi/L is the limit as to the maximum level of gas your home should have. This gas is so dangerous, that scientists have been limited to their studies due to its radioactive nature and health risks.

Radon Testing and Bloomington Real Estate

Radon testing in Bloomington may be imperative in order to sell your home. In this economy, we all know how difficult it is to sell a home in the Bloomington area. We have worked with many real estate agents who have had great success by providing potential buyers with a clear slate of radon gas. The same goes for buyers. If you are purchasing a Bloomington home, ensure the home you are purchasing is not going to cause your family lung cancer.

Bloomington Radon Testing Process

As a Bloomington, IN resident, it is important to know how the radon testing process works. We always suggest a short term test if you have not had your Bloomington home tested in recent years. It is best to test your home every two to five years, even if you previously had low levels of gas. Long term testing is most accurate, but takes three months to be completed. Radon testing may be done in any month, but it is important to know to shut your doors and windows while testing for the most accurate results. In order to avoid this, we suggest radon testing your Bloomington home in fall or winter months for the best result.

If your results return above 4.0 pCi/L, simply call S.W.A.T. Environmental, and rest assured that help is on the way. S.W.A.T. Environmental has been specializing in radon mitigation since 1988, and has the certifications, experience, and know-how to properly install an air purification for your home to reduce your vapor levels. While many general contractors may offer the same service, it is important to remember that your health is on the line. Plus, if a mitigation is improperly installed, you may have to pay twice to have it properly installed. Have a specialist perform radon testing today, and give us a call for a free quote on a mitigation system for your Bloomington home if needed.

Friday, July 20, 2012 @ 04:07 PM
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Waterborne Radon Can Increase Lung Cancer Risks in Bloomington, Indiana

Radon in WaterThe Environmental Protection Agency has determined that waterborne radon, a common problem in Bloomington, Indiana, can increase one’s risk for lung cancer and other health problems. In fact, the EPA has labeled the Bloomington area a red zone for high potential radon contamination.

Radon is a radioactive element that is naturally created during the decay of uranium in the earth’s crust. The geology of Bloomington and most of Indiana leaves it particularly vulnerable to radon creation and therefore to indoor contamination and higher lung cancer risks.

Radon is an inert, dense, single-atom gas that does not interact with chemicals, elements or other particles of radon. It has no color, taste or scent, and it can travel through solid materials. Ground and well water, however, are both particularly common modes of transportation for the particles. When water is released through faucets and appliances, the radon can be released into the air of the home.

Therefore, the radon in the water supply itself is actually not the primary concern. It is estimated that 185 deaths per year occur from ingesting waterborne radon, while between 18,000 and 22,000 deaths per year result from lung cancer due to inhaling airborne radon. The inhalation of radon particles in the air is actually considered to be the second most common cause of lung cancer after smoking.

Level Standards for Radon in Water and in Air

Radon levels are measured in picocuries per liter (pCi/L); a single picocurie is 0.037 radioactive disintegrations per second. According to the EPA, 10,000 pCi/L in water equals 1.0 pCi/L in air. The current safety cutoff is 4.0 pCi/L in the air within the home. There are currently no official standards for radon in water, although the EPA is considering implementing a standard of 300 pCi/L for public water supplies.

Bloomington is located within a Zone 1 area for radon. This high risk zoning was assigned because homes in this area consistently contain a predictable average indoor screening level of 4.0 pCi/L or greater.

Testing and Treatment for Waterborne Radon

You can purchase a home test kit for radon from most home supply stores. These kits require you to mail a sample back to a lab to receive your results. You can also have a professional test performed by technicians from SWAT Environmental. If the test results reveal radon levels of 4.0 pCi/L or greater, you will need to have abatements systems installed. Reducing the levels of radon in water supplies is generally accomplished with either an aeration system or a Granular Activated Carbon (GAC) filtration system.

An aeration system is usually the preferable option since it prevents the buildup of radiation within the system. It uses an outside-ventilated chamber that mixes water and oxygen to cause the release of the radon particles from the water before it enters your house. A GAC system, on the other hand, filters radon particles from the water before it exits through the tap. SWAT Environmental’s experts will be able to design and install the best system to keep you protected.

Friday, July 20, 2012 @ 03:07 PM
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Waterborne Radon Increases Lung Cancer Risks in Bloomington, Indiana

Radon in Water Bloomington
The Environmental Protection Agency has determined that radon in water increases the risk for a wide variety of health problems for individuals who are exposed to excessively high levels of it — even lung cancer in some cases. This is a particularly serious issue in Bloomington, Indiana, since the area has been labeled as a red zone for high potential radon contamination.



Radon is a radioactive element that is naturally created during the radioactive decay of uranium in the earth’s crust. The geology of Bloomington and most of Indiana leaves it particularly vulnerable to radon creation and contamination and therefore to higher lung cancer risks.



The Dangers of Radon in Water



Radon is an inert, dense, single atom gas that does not interact with chemicals, elements or other radon particles. It is colorless, tasteless and odorless, and can travel through solid materials. Ground and well water are common modes of transportation for radon. When the contaminated water is pumped through faucets and appliances, the radon is released.


Radon in water itself is actually not the primary concern in this situation. It is estimated that 185 deaths per year occur from ingesting waterborne radon. However, as this water gradually releases radon into the air inside the house, the gas’s levels build and become dangerous. Inhaling excessive radon gas results in 18,000 to 22,000 deaths per year from lung cancer. This is considered the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States.





Water in Radon and Interior Level Standards



Radon levels are measured in picocuries per liter (pCi/L). A picocurie is 0.037 radioactive disintegrations per second. The EPA uses an accepted formula of 10,000 pCi/L in water being equivalent to 1.0 pCi/L in air. The current action standard is 4.0 pCi/L in a home’s air. There are currently no standards for water, although the EPA is considering implementing a standard of 300 pCi/L for public water supplies. A pilot study shows that the average level in public ground water supplies is currently 353 pCi/L.



Bloomington is located within a Zone 1 area for radon. This high risk classification was assigned because houses in the area tend to contain an average indoor radon level above 4.0 pCi/L. 



Testing and Treatment for Radon in Water



Home radon test kits are readily available and fairly easy to use. They require you to mail samples to a lab to receive your results. If you prefer, SWAT Environmental can also handle testing for you. If your house contains more than 4.0 pCi/L, mitigation steps will be necessary.


Dealing with radon in water is usually accomplished with either an aeration system or a Granular Activated Carbon (GAC) filter system. An aeration system is preferred for cleaning water supplies as it prevents the buildup of radiation within the system. It uses an outside-ventilated chamber that mixes water and oxygen to cause the release of particles in the chamber, preventing them from entering your home. The GAC system filters particles from water by running it through specialized filters to trap them.

SWAT’s mitigation experts can handle the mitigation process, and can determine whether it is your home’s air or its water that are responsible for the radon contamination. Their work will ensure that your house is protected.