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Radon Mitigation and HUD
The new regulations set in place by HUD highlighted in our article last month are a testament of what is our efforts and the efforts of others at shedding light on the dangers of radon gas. The recent regulations are now requiring that a radon test be conducted on every unit of every multi-family home that is financed through HUD. Additionally, any unit that shows high levels of radon gas will be required to have a Radon mitigation system installed.
We know that this regulation may come as a shocker to many, but if you look at the facts and statistics, it will make perfect sense. One out of every fifteen homes has high levels of radon gas. Additionally, radon gas kills over 20,000 people each year in the form of lung cancer, and is noted as the second leading cause of lung cancer. These two statistics alone are alarming numbers at how this gas has overtaken so many homes, and claimed so many lives in the United States.
We know that this regulation may be new to many. You may have never heard the words radon gas uttered in your life, but now is the time that it is effecting so many. We are here to relieve some of the stress and fill in some of the gaps of information that HUD did not provide as far as getting help. As the nation’s largest and most trusted radon company, you will have nothing to fear from following our quick guide.
Handling Radon Mitigation
The first thing you will need to do in reducing your radon gas levels is determine whether or not the gas is even effecting you. You will need to test each unit of multi-family homes in order to ensure that your levels are not high. The reason testing is required is because there is no other way to determine whether or not this gas is present. This gas is invisible, and odorless, meaning that testing will be the only way you can know for certain whether or not you are in danger. Once you have your test results, you can be on your way. If the results are low, you have the test results and no further action will be required. If the test results are high, you will need to call a professional to reduce your radon gas levels.
S.W.A.T. Environmental has been providing radon mitigation services for decades now, and we will gladly help you reduce the gas levels in your home. With our proven radon mitigation techniques, you can rest assured that your home will be a safe haven, and in no further danger. Our professionals may reduce gas levels by as much as 99%. We always offer a free quote, so call us today. It’s a no obligation call that can provide you with the needed information and help get your home radon free.
The Need for Radon Testing
Roughly one out of every fifteen homes are affected by high levels of radon gas. This means that chances are at least several homes on the same street as you have dangerous levels of radon, but why is radon gas so dangerous? Radon has been proven to cause lung cancer by the EPA. If this is not compelling enough, what if I told you that the death toll from radon exceeds that of drunk driving, fires, and many other causes of death. You cannot see, smell, hear, or taste radon gas, meaning that radon testing is the only way that you will be able to find out if further action is required.
Radon is the only gas that under normal conditions has radioactive isotopes. Levels in homes have reached that in which it would be equivalent to smoking 135 packs of cigarettes per day. Naturally occurring, radon may be in the materials used to build your home, seep into your home through the foundation, or even be in your water supply. No matter how radon gas reaches your home, radon testing must be completed to determine whether or not you are at risk.
Commercial Radon Testing
Radon testing for commercial buildings allows business owners to breathe easy. Do not be the reason your employees are diagnosed with lung cancer. Protect yourself, and those around you, by having a professional conduct commercial radon testing. Many of us spend a great deal of time at our work, meaning that exposure at the office may be just as dangerous as exposure at the home.
Residential Radon Testing
When you purchase a home, you will have no idea as to whether or not radon has invaded it. Whenever moving, have a specialist conduct radon testing as soon as you move in to avoid any risk of being exposed to this dangerous gas. Often we work with realtors who have had greater success selling homes that have radon testing completed. If you are having trouble selling your home, or just want to speed up the process, have a professional test the home for radon.
Radon Testing Results
Your testing results will paint the full picture as far as the safety of your home. Anything above 4.0 pCi/L is deemed above the allowable limit for radon, and a mitigation system should be installed. If your levels are right at, or just below the allowable limit, you may want to have an air purification system installed to be safe.
S.W.A.T. Environmental is the largest radon reduction company, and has been providing properly installed mitigation systems since 1988. With over forty locations, we probably have an office near the city you live. It is important to hire a professional for your radon testing and mitigation as your life is at risk. There is never an obligation, and a free quote is only a phone call away. Contact S.W.A.T. Environmental for professional radon mitigation.
The Invisible Danger of Radon
Radon is a silent killer of that can be found all over the world. It is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas that is released from decaying radioactive elements found naturally in rock and soil. Radon can become extremely dangerous when it accumulates in confined indoor spaces; due to the radioactive particles it contains, it is carcinogenic to humans who have been exposed to significant amounts of the gas. Radon distribution throughout a home or office is directly related to the building’s ventilation. The poorer the ventilation, the higher the likelihood of radon concentration.
Radon Abatement and Preventing Radon Entry
For radon abatement to be successful, SWAT Environmental’s experts must determine where the gas is coming from in the first place. There are several ways by which radon can enter a home. One of the most common is by seeping through cracks in the floor or walls of a concrete foundation. Another typical entry point is the spaces between the basement walls and slab. An opening around a sump pump or drain is another fairly common way radon can infiltrate a home, as is a crawl space.
Determining the Necessity of Radon Abatement
Since radon is present in the ground everywhere in the United States to some degree, the Environmental Protection Act suggests that every home be tested for radon. Unfortunately, none of your five senses will pick up on the presence of radon gas; obviously, it would be foolish to wait until signs of radon poisoning show up before taking action. If you wish, you can purchase a home radon test kit; however, the professional test SWAT’s experts perform is much more accurate and quick.
The Impact of Radon Abatement
If unsafe levels of radon are detected in your home, you should have radon abatement performed as soon as possible. SWAT Environmental’s radon abatement specialist will be able to analyze the problem and tackle it from every angle. In many cases, the first step is to seal all obvious points of entry for the gas. However, complete protection from radon gas requires diverse and complex approaches, depending on the situation. For example, active soil depressurization units can be added to the home to reduce radon levels. Put in simple terms, these systems work by pumping contaminated air out from beneath the house, then expelling it out and away from the house into the open air where it will do no harm, bypassing the home in the process. Additional components of the system help replace the air inside the house with clean air from outside.
In conclusion, radon abatement may be needed in your home, but you would never know it without first conducting a radon test. If the test concludes that high levels of radon are present in your home, then you and your family are in danger. SWAT’s abatement specialists can design a system of radon mitigation that ensures you are kept safe.