Wednesday, April 17, 2013 @ 03:04 PM
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Radon

Grand Rapids Radon Mitigation Requirements Last month we covered the dangers of radon gas and all of the new processes required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to ensure that homes are safe for tenants. The main issue was that as a rental property, these properties often did not receive the same safety standards that we provide to our own homes. With the new regulations from HUD, we will be sure to see this. Now that you know the dangers of this gas, and the new regulations in place, we are going to take you through the steps of Grand Rapids radon mitigation. The first step that must be completed before anything is that a test must be conducted. This gas is odorless and colorless, meaning that without the help of a test, it will be impossible to truly determine whether or not your home is being [...]

Thursday, March 7, 2013 @ 07:03 PM
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Radon

News on the Battle Front of Radon Lung Cancer in Grand Rapids Grand Rapids, MI residents often know about radon gas, but whether or not you know about it, S.W.A.T. Environmental understands that sometimes mitigation may be out of your hands. If you are renting in a multi-family home in Grand Rapids, then you probably know that the safety of your home and maintenance is often let up to the decision making of a landlord. Luckily, there are changes in regulation and policy that will benefit those that rent homes to reduce radon lung cancer. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has just made new regulation that will require all multi-family homes that are financed through HUD to have a radon test. Multi-family homes that have high levels of gas and are financed through HUD will be required to have a mitigation system installed. This is a level [...]

Thursday, February 7, 2013 @ 04:02 PM
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Radon

Grand Rapids Threat Without Radon Mitigation in Schools Grand Rapids, MI residents most likely know about radon gas, but not all of us have taken the necessary action to protect our homes from this dangerous gas. Affecting one out of every fifteen homes, we all know that radon mitigation is greatly needed in America. In addition to being a great need in Grand Rapids homes, the need is even greater in schools. High levels of radon gas are found in about one out of every five schools, which equates to approximately 70,000 schools adversely affected nationwide. Radon is a deadly gas that is known to cause cancer, and has an annual death toll of 20,000 in America. We know the dangers of radon gas is great, but we have not taken the appropriate action with radon mitigation in schools. Grand Rapids residents may be shocked to find out that one [...]

Wednesday, January 2, 2013 @ 08:01 PM
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Radon

Grand Rapids, MI Prepares for Radon Action Month Radon action month only comes once a year, so it is important that Grand Rapids residents go ahead and plan their month now. Planning how to act upon radon gas and its threat in your home and community will allow you to schedule appointments sooner than later, and start your path to a healthier life now. Many have heard of radon gas, but few know that it kills 20,000 each year, or that one out of every fifteen homes have high levels of radon gas. If you live in Grand Rapids, now is the time to start preparing your action plan for radon action month this January. Last year many people took action in protecting their home by scheduling testing, calling a professional to install a mitigation system, or simply advocating to their neighbors and family about how having a professional install [...]

Monday, December 3, 2012 @ 07:12 PM
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Radon

Grand Rapids, MI Concerns of Lung Cancer Practicing good health is something we are all taught from an early age. We know eating our vegetables and regular exercise can help prevent most disease or illness. We are also taught to avoid things such as cigarettes which have been proven to cause detrimental health effects such as lung cancer. The most recent studies have actually shown that you may be diagnosed with lung cancer in Grand Rapids even if you have never touched a cigarette. You are probably thinking the diagnosis must come from secondhand smoke, or you may be stumped. The actual answer is radon gas. Radon gas is naturally occurring, invisible, and odorless. Combine these three things, and you have a recipe for a disaster. Radon is something very few know about, but something all Grand Rapids, MI residents should be concerned about. Depending on your home, radon gas [...]

Friday, October 26, 2012 @ 04:10 PM
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Radon

Testing Air Quality in Grand Rapids, MI Grand Rapids residents are celebrating air quality month by installing air purification systems to reduce the exposure to toxic gases and pollution. Air quality is a contributing factor to a lot of health risks that you may not currently be aware of. The EPA has increased its efforts to provide advocacy and information in regard air quality. Let’s first take a look at the health risks that are associated with poor air quality in Grand Rapids, MI. Indoor air quality is the cause of an estimated 2 million premature deaths each year, and over an additional 1 million is contributed to poor outdoor air quality. Many of these deaths can be contributed to pollutants killing white blood cells in the lungs, reducing the body’s immune system, and increasing the chance for infection, disease, or death. Types of Air Quality Pollutants Carbon monoxide is [...]

Thursday, September 20, 2012 @ 04:09 PM
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Radon

Grand Rapid’s Radon Mitigation Company Recognized Grand Rapid’s local radon mitigation company, S.W.A.T. Environmental, received national recognition as one of the fastest growing companies in the nation from Inc.com. This was the first time ever that a radon mitigation company made Inc.com’s list. Over the past three years, this Grand Rapids power house has added sixty five employees, increased by a total of 155%, and has projected revenues of $12 million for the current year. So, what is radon mitigation, and what is all this fuss about? Radon mitigation is for homes that have tested for higher than normal levels of radon. In the Grand Rapids area, radon is a serious threat that needs to be handled by a professional. Nationally, roughly one out of fifteen homes are affected by radon gas, meaning that the odds are not in your favor. These odds may even be worse depending on the [...]

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

Radon Testing and Health Impacts in Grand Rapids, MI You may have heard of radon gas before, but did you know that radon causes over 20,000 deaths per year in the form of lung cancer? Radon testing is the only way to determine if your Grand Rapids home may be a deathtrap, as this radioactive gas is both colorless, and odorless. You have probably seen the horrible ads showing dying lung cancer patients encouraging television viewers to stop smoking cigarettes. The unfortunate truth, is that without radon testing, your Grand Rapids home may be causing the exact same damage to your lungs. We all know the dangers and risk of smoking, but many are not aware that radon gas may be just as deadly. If radon tests show high levels of the gas in your home, you are basically inhaling radioactive gas nearly every second you breathe. Radon testing is [...]

Friday, July 27, 2012 @ 02:07 PM
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Radon

What is the Cause of Radon in Water? Radon is a naturally occurring byproduct of the breakdown of uranium. When most people think of radon, they think of an odorless, colorless gas that collects in the basement of a home. However, radon can also be found in well water, including the well water of many homes in the Grand Rapids, Michigan area. Radon in water is especially prevalent in water that flows through granite, or through sand or gravel that is made from granite. The Effects of Waterborne Radon Radon is well known for putting people at risk of lung cancer if it is inhaled as a gas — which can become a serious problem as the radon escapes from water in your home as you shower, bathe and so on. The health effects of radon in water when it is still dissolved are not as commonplace, but this can [...]

Friday, June 29, 2012 @ 02:06 PM
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Radon

What Is Radon Abatement? Radon is a colorless, odorless, toxic and radioactive gas that can cause lung cancer and other respiratory problems. In addition, some studies even suggest that radon may be a contributing factor in SIDS, also known as “crib death.” Radon is a naturally occurring gas that can be found in different types of soil in and around Grand Rapids, and even in well water in some cases. Radon abatement is simply the use of mechanical and natural means to eliminate radon from a home. Of course, before you can get rid of radon gas, you first have to know it is there in the first place. Radon detectors and test kits are available in both home and professional versions, you should test your home’s radon levels regularly to ensure that you are not caught unprepared. Preparing For Radon Abatement It is important to remember that there is [...]