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Thursday, February 7, 2013 @ 03:02 PM
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Why Radon Mitigation in Schools in Ft. Collins

Radon Mitigation in Schools in Fort CollinsFt. Collins, CO residents have probably heard of radon gas before, but many are not aware of the current threat level it has on our school system. In case you did not know, radon kills 20,000 people each year across the United States, and has infested schools across the nation. While homes and commercial buildings are having mitigation systems installed, radon mitigation in schools is still relatively new.

New studies have proven that there are nearly 70,000 schools which have high or elevated levels of radon gas. This equates to about one out of five schools having at least one classroom with elevated levels of radon. In order to prevent our children from having the same fate as the many who have been diagnosed with lung cancer because of radon gas, we need to have radon mitigation in schools.

Radon Mitigation in Schools for Improved Health

Radon forms from the naturally occurring breakdown of uranium in the soil. As uranium breaks down, radon gas forms and may seep through the foundation. As radon is a gas, it may enter through the smallest of spaces and quickly build up. Radon is radioactive and proven to cause cancer, and even the EPA has confirmed it as a threat. Radon gas cannot be seen or smelled, meaning that the only way to know for certain whether or not your school is in need of radon mitigation is testing.

Luckily, a congressman from Iowa is trying to pass a bill in which all schools will be required to test for radon gas. Radon mitigation in schools will also be required if they have high levels of radon gas. The great thing about this bill is that all schools, even in the Ft. Collins area, will receive grant funding for the testing and radon mitigation as needed.

Kids in the Ft. Collins area will need their voice to be heard. As of now roughly one out of every seven cases of lung cancer are caused by radon gas. This means that one out of every seven people diagnosed with lung cancer have never smoked a single cigarette. You can help children be offered the health and safety they deserve by contacting a local politician, and voicing your concern and need for radon mitigation in schools.

Ft. Collins, CO schools are currently not protected from radon gas. If we have radon mitigation in schools, you can be assured that radon levels will go down, and that our children are breathing good, clean, air. With all the politicians debating the safety in schools because of gun laws, and school shootings, it is easy to overlook the health concerns that one out of every five schools face. With your help, we can all break the cycle of deaths due to radon gas. Do your part, and write your local politician, or congressman, and let us see a day when all children can go to a radon free school.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013 @ 04:01 PM
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Ft. Collins Radon Action Month Returns

Radon Awareness Month Fort CollinsDo you remember what you did last year during radon action month? Did you take action against radon gas in your Ft. Collins home? If you did not take the action you needed to last year, radon action month returns this year. You have a month to prepare to take the appropriate action for your Ft. Collins home to reduce your risk of lung cancer.

Even if your home is free of radon gas, and already has a mitigation system installed, you may be an advocate to the health effects of radon gas, and promote the importance of testing. Radon gas affects so many lives each year, and it is humbling to know that you may be the difference in a life or death situation for your neighbors if you simply speak up. It is important to share your experiences with your neighbors, and let them know the dangers of radon gas during radon action month.

Radon Action Month for Ft. Collins, CO

If you live in Ft. Collins, then you may have a higher risk of having elevated levels of radon gas. The important thing to do is to educate yourself during the radon action month. Each year radon gas kills 20,000 in the form of lung cancer. Radon gas is natural forming from your elements in the soil beneath your home. While it is natural, it is radioactive, and can cause serious damage to your health if not handled appropriately. During radon action month, you can further your education about radon gas by reading up on material from S.W.A.T. Environmental, and reading information from the EPA.

If you already know all the facts about radon, it is always good to review during radon action month. Reading the facts alone are enough to make many want to take action for their Ft. Collins home. The first step in taking action for your home is radon testing. Radon testing allows a professional to assess the threat level that you are at for lung cancer. The radon testing can bring peace of mind too if you have low levels of gas. If you have high levels, a radon mitigation system is necessary. If you have low levels, you do not need to worry and do not have to test your home for another year or two.

If your home has high levels of radon gas, radon action month is the perfect time to have a professional install a mitigation system. A professional will be able know how to properly install your system with the proven techniques which can lower your gas levels by as much as 99%. S.W.A.T. Environmental specializes in techniques that are not invasive, meaning you will hardly know your Ft. Collins home even has a mitigation system. A mitigation system may be cheaper than you think, and we always offer a free quote. Whatever you do, make sure you plan for to do something during radon action month this January.

Friday, November 30, 2012 @ 08:11 PM
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Ft. Collins, CO Radon Gas Mitigation and Lung Cancer

Ft. Collins Lung Cancer linked to Radon GasLiving in Ft. Collins, you may assume that there are very few health risks. You are not subjected to the hurricanes that ravage the southeast. You do not have the crazy earthquakes that rock the west coast. You do not have the constant tornadoes that can turn the lives of those in the Midwest upside down in an instant without any notice. Even though you are not near any of these natural disasters, there is still a natural gas that you should be very weary of.

Radon gas kills 20,000 people each year in the United States. What this means is that more people die from radon gas than drunk driving. While this is a scary statistic, it is important to remember that one out of every fifteen homes has an above normal level of radon gas, meaning that radon gas mitigation is necessary in order to reduce the levels to a more manageable level.

How Radon Forms in Ft. Collins

In order to understand the dangers, and how it enters your home, you must first understand how radon gas forms. Radon gas is formed in the soil beneath or near your Ft. Collins, CO home. As uranium in your soil breaks down, it forms radon gas. This is a natural process that seems harmless. The dangerous part is that as radon is in gaseous state, it may enter your home through small spaces in your foundation or basement. In addition, the gas may enter your water supply, and infiltrate your home via the county water.

Although these possibilities all seem hard to believe, it is a true reality for many Americans. This gas is both odorless and colorless, meaning that the only way to fully determine whether or not you are being adversely affected is through having a professional test your Ft. Collins home. When you get your test results back, you can quickly make a decision on whether or not you believe radon gas mitigation is necessary or not.

Radon Gas Mitigation in Fort Collins, Colorado

If your results from testing are high, it only makes sense that you call a professional with the proper experience and knowledge to provide mitigation for your home. If your home does not have exceedingly high levels, you may still want to highly consider a radon gas mitigation system as it only provides an extra layer of protection.

When your are searching for a professional radon gas mitigation company in Ft. Collins, CO, you do not have to look too far. S.W.A.T. Environmental is local to Ft. Collins, CO, and can provide the radon gas mitigation you need. S.W.A.T. Environmental has decades of experience specifically in mitigation, and specializes in having the least visible mitigation system as possible. When it comes to mitigation, your health is on the line. Do not hesitate, and make the smart decision of S.W.A.T. Environmental for your radon gas mitigation needs.

Friday, October 26, 2012 @ 02:10 PM
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Air Quality in Ft. Collins, CO

Fort Collins, CO Indoor Air QualityAir quality is a serious threat to the health of many Ft. Collins residents. While when we typically think about air quality, gas, power plants, tons of vehicles stopped in traffic, forest fires, and other pollution comes to mind, a gas known as radon gas should be our real concern. October is air quality awareness month, meaning we should take action and review facts about air pollution that affects your health.

In order to understand all aspects of air quality, we must take a look into the causes of common air pollution. Luckily, the EPA has created the air quality index, which indicates a score reflecting the overall air quality of a given area. Ft. Collins area residents may quickly access this number from the EPA’s website, and see whether or not the air quality is safe in their area.

The EPA deems any level above 50 on the air quality scale to be considered unsafe. Levels from 0 to 50 are considered safe, but at the current moment there are several regions of the United States which have levels that are considered too high. As a resident of Ft. Collins, the air quality index is a nice overall guide incorporating particle pollution, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, and ground level ozone, it does not include one of the main contributing factors to death because of poor air quality, radon gas.

Indoor Air Quality in Ft. Collins

Indoor air quality in Ft. Collins is really all about radon gas. Radon gas is invisible and can enter your Ft. Collins home through a variety of ways. Did you know that three million people die each year because of poor air quality, and that radon gas is one of the main contributors? Unlike some other pollutants, radon gas is invisible, and odorless, meaning that the only way to determine whether or not your home is affected is through radon testing.

More often than not, radon testing results show homes area infested with radon gas. This means that your home could essentially be giving lung cancer to all of its occupants. Taking action as soon as possible can help prevent some of these adverse health risks. It is important to know that radon gas forms naturally in your soil, and among other methods of entry, it may easily enter your home through the foundation.

This is the month of air quality awareness, and the month you need to take action. S.W.A.T. Environmental has decades of experience, and is located right here in Ft. Collins, Colorado to best serve your home with radon mitigation. We have seen nearly every possibility of radon gas, and can create a custom solution for radon mitigation that best suits your Ft. Collins home. Do not delay and put your family at risk of lung cancer or death. Call toll free now for a free quote at 1-800-NO-RADON.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 @ 08:09 PM
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Fort Collins Radon Mitigation Company Receives Recognition From Inc. Magazine

Inc. 5000 SWAT Environmental Radon MitigationS.W.A.T. Environmental, Fort Collin, Colorado’s premier radon mitigation company has just received recognition from Inc. Magazine as one of the nation’s fastest growing companies. S.W.A.T. Environmental is the first radon mitigation company to ever make a presence on this list. Ranked thirteenth for fastest growing company in the environmental services industry, S.W.A.T. Environmental has added over sixty employees over the past three years. As a Fort Collins resident, it is easy to see the need for radon mitigation, and S.W.A.T. Environmental has been able to provide excellent service and work for the community.

With over forty locations nation wide, S.W.A.T. Environmental has made a presence across the United States. This company was built with the intentions of saving lives by reducing the radon levels in homes through radon mitigation. What started off small quickly expanded as the EPA spread the dangers radon nationwide, and provided compelling statistics about the alarming health risks associated with radon gas. We continue to pride ourselves on our honest work, and wake up every day knowing that our radon mitigation systems improve the lives of not only Fort Collins residents, but those across the nation.

Why Radon Mitigation is Important

You may already know the dangers of radon gas, but if you are unfamiliar, you may be shocked to know that roughly one out of every fifteen homes are affected by radon gas. Radon gas comes from uranium in the soil of beneath your home. Radon is naturally occurring, so there is no predicting whether or not your home may be affected without proper radon testing. Radon mitigation can be used to reduce the levels of radon of your Fort Collins home by up to 99%. Soil suction is one of the most popular techniques used. Although soil is the most popular way for radon to enter, it may also come from your water supply, or even the materials used to construct your Fort Collins home.

S.W.A.T. Environmental Difference

As the nation’s fastest growing radon mitigation company, and one of the fastest growing companies in the nation, we did not get that way by cutting corners or poor service. Radon mitigation is a scientific process that all of our professionals are properly trained in, and certified. When hiring a radon mitigation company, it is important to know this, as your health may be at risk. By properly training our employees, and using the best methods, we may reduce your radon levels by up to 99%.

One of our other pet peeves is customer service. All of our representatives are educated on radon, and able to give you the information you need to make an informed decision of whether or not a radon mitigation system should be installed in your home. We encourage radon testing for Fort Collins residents to know for certain whether or not their home is affected. Educate yourself on radon gas, and choose the local Fort Collins radon mitigation company the nation has put its confidence in.

Thursday, August 30, 2012 @ 07:08 PM
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Why Radon Testing is Needed in Fort Collins, CO

Radon Testing Fort Collins ColoradoIf you have not heard the words “Radon testing,” before, then you need to educate yourself sooner than later. Killing more people than fires, floods, and even drunk driving, your home may currently be a death trap for lung cancer. Radon gas kills over twenty thousand each year in the form of lung cancer. As an odorless and colorless gas, radon testing is the only way to determine whether or not your home is at risk of causing harm to you or your family.

Whenever you take a breath at your Fort Collins home, you may be ingesting this toxic gas. Any home with levels above 4 pCi/L are considered dangerous, and a mitigation system should be installed as soon as possible to lower your levels. pCi/L stands for picocuries per liter, and is the unit of measurement for radon gas. Approximately one out of every fifteen homes have above normal levels of this gas, and this ratio may increase depending on the area in which you live. While you may think radon gas only effects northeastern homes, Colorado is actually a hotbed for this dangerous gas as well. Radon testing ensures that your home is safe from any danger.

Radon Testing and Fort Collins Real Estate

In this economy, we all know how difficult it can be to sell a home. We have worked closely with many real estate agents to install radon mitigation systems as necessary to Fort Collins homes. This can greatly decrease the time your home is on the market, as frequently two homes are equal, but a buyer’s decision may come down to which home is free of radon gas. If you are purchasing a home, I am sure you are having it inspected for termites, mold, damage to the foundation, and a laundry list of other items that may decrease the home’s value, and risk your family’s safety. Do not overlook radon gas, and ensure that radon testing is on the purchase agreement before you sign.

Radon Testing and Mitigation in Fort Collins

While radon testing is always the smart choice, it can be devastating to receive test results with above 4 pCi/L. This means that it is necessary to have a mitigation system installed by a professional. Lucky for you, S.W.A.T. Environmental is the nation’s leading radon reduction company, and has been around since 1988. S.W.A.T. Environmental is also located right in Fort Collins, CO to best serve your home. With a radon mitigation system installed, you will not have to worry about breathing cancer-causing gases.

If you have any questions, feel free to call 1-800-NO-RADON, and a professional will gladly answer any questions you may have. S.W.A.T. Environmental will always offer a free quote for your home, so you have nothing to lose. Schedule your radon testing as soon as possible, and if necessary call a professional to install a radon reduction system.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012 @ 05:07 PM
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Radon in Water in Ft. Collins a Serious Health Risk

Radon in Water Fort CollinsRadon is a radioactive, cancer-causing gas responsible for thousands of deaths throughout the United States every year. While airborne radon is the type of exposure that concerns most people, waterborne radon is just as deadly and too often overlooked. Since you and your family could actually be ingesting the waterborne radon, as well as inhaling the airborne radon, prolonged exposure presents a risk not only for lung cancer, but for stomach cancer as well. Put simply, protecting your Ft. Collins home from radon in water means protecting the life of your family members.

Radon is a naturally occurring gas found in rock, soil and, to a lesser extent, water. Radon cannot be detected without special equipment. In Ft. Collins, it is estimated that over 70 percent of homes contain radon levels above the public water standards set by the EPA.

Ground water is traditionally the biggest culprit behind excessive radon levels in a water supply. Since radon is a decayed form of radium, the naturally occurring deposits in the rock that surrounds ground water offers a perfect hiding place for the deadly gas. Since drilling wells can open up fissures in the bedrock, it is almost impossible for the ground water to avoid contact with the radium deposits.

The ground water, now infused with radon, is then sent to the surface and into your home. In addition to cooking with waterborne radon, showering and other household chores can release the radioactive gas into the air — effectively hitting you with the one-two punch of ingestion and inhalation.

How to Detect Radon in Water

Detection of radon in water requires specialized testing — you cannot detect the radon on your own. Ft. Collins offers discounted short and long term radon test kits at the Ft. Collins Senior Center or the Ft. Collins Development Review Center. If radon levels in your home are 4.0 pCi/L or higher, you have a problem.

If you are too busy to test your house yourself, or simply are not confident in your ability to complete the test properly, you can always have a licensed radon removal specialist from SWAT Environmental perform it for you. These specialists have the equipment and the know-how to check your water, analyze it for contamination and recommend steps to prevent or remove the carcinogen.

What to Do about Radon in Your Water

If your home has been found to contain high radon levels and SWAT’s technicians determine that waterborne radon is the problem, several options for correcting it are available. The two most common ways of dealing with waterborne radon are through point-of-entry and point-of-use treatments. The former tends to be the preferred method among professionals, since it removes the radon before it evens enters your home. However, point of use treatments, which remove radon before the water exits the tap, may also be necessary in some cases

With anything as potentially lethal as radon contamination, dealing with the issue immediately is key. For the sake of your health and that of your family, stay informed about your home’s radon levels, and have them reduced if necessary.

Monday, June 25, 2012 @ 07:06 PM
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Radon Abatement Fort Collins, ColoradoRadon is a radioactive gas that is naturally created in the soil. Uranium and similar elements in the ground decay, eventually generating radon as a side effect. Homeowners may not even know that they have a radon problem in their homes, since the gas is invisible and odorless. The United States Surgeon General has issued a warning that exposure to high levels of radon gas causes lung cancer; in fact, radon is the second most common reason why people have developed lung cancer in the United States.

Mandatory Radon Abatement Systems

It has been established that Colorado has some of the highest levels of radon gas reported in the United States. Homes in Ft. Collins, in particular, are exposed to extremely high levels of radon; three out of four homes in the city contain unsafe levels of radon. Therefore, the city is trying to make it mandatory that all new construction sites install radon abatement systems to protect the public.

This simply goes to show how important it is, if you own an existing house, that you take the appropriate steps to have your home tested for radon. You can do the test yourself by obtaining a kit from either the Ft. Collins Building and Zoning department or from the Senior Center. However, SWAT Environmental can perform a professional version of the test for you if you are uncomfortable about doing your own test or wish to ensure that the results are accurate. Their experts perform the test to the standard that the Environmental Protection Agency has established. They are certified by the state of Colorado and guarantee their tests’ results.

Testing Before Radon Abatement

Whether you choose to perform the test yourself or to have a professional perform it, it will take at least 48 hours before any results can be read from it. For the most accurate possible results, the house needs to be completely closed up for the entire testing period. A canister is placed on the lowest residential level of the home and recorded with the date, time and place. The canister needs to remain undisturbed for at least 48 hours, but no longer than five days. Once the canister is closed, the date, time and place are recorded again. The canister is then sent off to the testing facility; you should have the results by the next business day.

Types of Home Radon Abatement Systems

If the testing determines that it will be necessary to remove radon gas from your home, SWAT’s radon abatement specialists can help determine the best possible way to do so. Initially, the foundation needs to be sealed up tight from all cracks and leaks. If your home has a crawl space instead of a basement, it needs to be tightly covered in plastic membrane to keep the gas from getting into the home. The radon abatement system can then be installed to release the radon that is already inside, ensuring that your family is completely safe from this cancer-causing gas.

Friday, June 22, 2012 @ 04:06 PM
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Radon Levels Fort Collins ColoradoRadon is a naturally occurring gas that is the byproduct of decomposing uranium underground. Since the gas is radioactive, it can cause cancer. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency estimates that radon is second only to cigarette smoking for causing lung cancer each year in the United States. According to official reports by the city of Ft. Collins, 70 percent of the homes in this area contain potentially dangerous levels of radon. Therefore, if you have not taken steps to protect your home from high radon levels, you could be at an elevated risk for lung disease. Radon is odorless and invisible, so the only way to know if it is present is to test for it.

Testing for Radon Levels

Ft. Collins residents can obtain home radon testing kits from the Ft. Collins Senior Center or the city’s Development Review Center. The test kits are inexpensive, and considering the risks, well worth their small cost. Two types of kits are available. One is a short-term kit that takes just a few days to create the sample. The other is a long-term test kit that may provide a better indicator of the level of radon in the home. Radon levels can vary throughout the year and no particular season or event triggers the release of the gas, which may make using a long-term test kit a better option. The kits come with complete instructions and directions for mailing. Interior air quality specialists from SWAT Environmental can also visit homes or buildings and conduct extremely accurate professional tests.

Radon Levels and Selling Your Home

You do not necessarily have to test your home for radon before selling it, although many buyers will want you to do so. However, anyone who sells a home in Ft. Collins must provide the buyer with a brochure from the city that spells out the dangers of radon, how to test for it and what to do about it. The brochure is available online at the city’s website or through its Natural Resources Department.

Controlling Radon Levels

In an effort to curb air conditioning energy waste, current construction techniques create tighter buildings. While this saves energy, it also creates more indoor air pollution, including radon, since less air enters or leaves a building. The new construction codes that Ft. Collins now enforces include requirements for passive radon reduction systems. Homes and buildings built after 2005 meet these code requirements, but the city still recommends that occupants or building managers still conduct periodic radon tests to assure their safety.

Homes built before 2005 may require the installation of specialized ventilation systems to lower their radon levels. Vents below the foundation can be used to exhaust the radon rising from the soil before it enters a building. Another way to reduce radon levels is to install a plastic pipe just below the foundation line, connect it to an inline fan, then direct it out above the roof. SWAT Environmental’s radon specialists can set up the best system to protect your home from high radon levels, ensuring that your family stays safe.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012 @ 04:03 PM
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Deadly Radon Gas Trend in Ft. Collins Solved by Radon Mitigation Colorado

Radon Mitigation Fort CollinsDangerous radon gas buildup is a common problem in many homes throughout the United States, but Colorado is home to especially high concentrations of radon. In Ft. Collins, three out of four homes have been found to contain radon levels at or above 4 pCi/L, the danger threshold as defined by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. If you have not yet done so, call SWAT Environmental immediately to test your home’s radon levels; if necessary, they can begin radon mitigation to keep your family safe.

You may wonder exactly how radon gas can infiltrate your home in the first place. Radon is a common radioactive gas that is created by the natural atomic decay of uranium found in the soil. This occurs virtually everywhere, but is only dangerous when the gas accumulates in enclosed spaces like homes or offices. Radon often seeps into these areas through openings in crawl spaces, basements or foundations. An invisible, odorless gas, radon can easily escape detection without specialized testing. Individuals exposed to excessive radon buildup over extended periods of time have been found to be at a high risk for lung cancer.

SWAT Environmental Colorado Radon Testing & Radon Mitigation

Fortunately, dealing with radon is not difficult. Detecting whether radon levels in a home are dangerous or not determines whether it is necessary to install a radon mitigation system. Radon level testing can be easily handled by SWAT Environmental professionals; this professional-grade testing is by far the most accurate available. However, you can also purchase both short-term and long-term testing kits yourself as an additional precaution.

In homes or offices where excessive radon is discovered, installing a mitigation system is highly advised. In fact, in new housing built in Ft. Collins after 2004, these systems are required by law. Radon mitigation systems involve installing a plastic pipe system under a structure’s basement or crawl space and connecting it to the underlying soil, then extending it to the outside of the building. This allows the radon gas to be harmlessly vented into open air. In most cases a fan will be installed as well to guarantee efficient operation.

There is also a possibility of radon water contamination, if a home’s water is drawn from a private well and excessive levels of radon are detected in the house. SWAT Environmental specialists can deal with this problem as well. If your home’s water is found to contain dangerous radon levels, there are two options to remove the radon. One is aeration treatment, which involves mixing the water with or exposing it to air which will vent the radon harmlessly. The other method involves passing the affected well water through granular activated carbon filters, which removes the radon and returns the water to safe levels.

Radon is easy to detect and simple to deal with in any home, but is very dangerous if left untreated. As common as excessive radon gas is in Ft. Collins, there is no reason to delay radon mitigation from SWAT Environmental to ensure that your home remains safe and healthy.