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Protect Environmental Completes Acquisition of Radovent

Acquisition of multi-market operation expands national footprint to include Chicago and Salt Lake City

Louisville, KY, May 13, 2022 – Louisville-based Protect Environmental, a national leader in the environmental consulting and construction industry, with a focus on radon and chemical vapor intrusion management, today announced that it has acquired Radovent, which maintains direct operations in Chicago and Salt Lake City. The acquisition signifies the company’s expansion into two additional key markets. 

“We started Radovent with humble beginnings and a big vision. Through hard work, a dedicated team, and a high standard of quality, we grew to a multi-state operation,” said Travis Jewell, Founder of Radovent. “Along the way we built relationships with peers in the industry who shared similar values of doing excellent work, including many of the members of the Protect Environmental team. We are proud and excited for our company to become a part of this industry-leading organization.” 

Founded in 2007, Radovent has completed the installation of more than 25,000 radon and vapor mitigation systems across the country. The acquisition positions Protect Environmental to build upon Radovent’s excellent reputation for providing quality workmanship and customer satisfaction as it continues its national expansion. As part of its integration with Protect Environmental, Jewell will step down from his leadership role; however, the company’s key management team will continue leading the Chicago and Salt Lake City operations. 

Kyle Hoylman, CEO of Protect Environmental, said of the acquisition, “Radovent provides the strong presence we were seeking to build upon in two key markets. We’re excited to welcome the Radovent team to our family, and I look forward to working with this team to assist our clients with building and maintaining healthy, safe, and sustainable indoor environments in the communities where they live, work, and learn.” 

About Protect Environmental

Protect Environmental is a national leader in the environmental consulting and construction industry, focusing on radon and chemical vapor intrusion management. With a proven track record spanning 15 years and completed projects in all 50 U.S. states and 2 U.S. territories, the company provides expert service from its trusted professionals to provide peace of mind protection to property owners seeking efficient and effective management of environmental risks and liabilities. For more information, call 502-410-5000 or click on to https://www.protectenvironmental.com. 

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Protect Environmental Launches Next Generation Commercial Radon Measurement System

Radon Sentinel™ Measurement System provides a more efficient and effective solution to minimize turnaround time and reduce costs related to multifamily and large building radon testing projects

Louisville, KY, March 15, 2022 – Protect Environmental announced today the launch of its next generation measurement system developed specifically for characterizing radon potential in multifamily and other large buildings. The Radon Sentinel Measurement System is available in a limited production capacity to better support commercial clients of the company by minimizing turnaround times and reducing costs related to radon testing projects. Full production capacity is anticipated by the end of the year.

The traditional radon testing approach used to meet lending policy and regulatory requirements creates considerable challenges to lender application timing and represents a significant percentage of the overall lender environmental due diligence budget. When combined with the inconvenience imposed on residents and property management staff created by repetitive access to buildings to conduct follow-up testing, the traditional approach represents an overly burdensome and costly process to ensuring building occupants aren’t being exposed to unsafe levels of radioactive, cancer-causing radon gas.

The Radon Sentinel Measurement System is comprised of a proprietary active monitoring device that handshakes with a hand-held controller to transmit real-time testing data to the company’s secure, cloud-based data warehouse for immediate analysis. Use of the active monitoring system eliminates the need for follow-up testing and reduces the number of devices required to be deployed on each testing project by more than 15%. The end result is lenders, property owners and developers, and other stakeholders related to the testing project benefit from minimized testing turnaround time, reduced overall project costs, and limited impact on resident and property management staff. Additional information about the company’s next generation commercial measurement system can be found at https://www.protectenvironmental.com/commercial-radon-testing

“Quite simply, the Radon Sentinel Measurement System represents a better way to characterize radon potential in multifamily and large buildings,” said Kyle Hoylman, CEO at Protect Environmental. “Our clients having been asking for a more efficient and effective solution to better support their radon testing needs. We listened, and we’re delivering that solution,” he added.

Radon Sentinel

About Protect Environmental

Protect Environmental is a national leader in the environmental services industry, focusing on radon and chemical vapor intrusion management. With a proven track record spanning 15 years that includes completed project work in all 50 U.S. states and 2 U.S. territories, the company delivers expert service from its trusted professionals to provide peace of mind protection to property owners seeking efficient and effective management of environmental risks and liabilities. For more information, call 502-410-5000 or click on to https://www.protectenvironmental.com.

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Seasoned Due Diligence Professional Joins Protect Environmental

Kenneth Deemer to lead development and management of national operations, maintenance, and monitoring (OMM) services portfolio for Louisville-based environmental services company

Louisville, KY, February 11, 2022 – Protect Environmental announced today that Kenneth Deemer has joined the company as its Director, OMM Services. He joins the company with 18 years of experience in the environmental due diligence industry, where he managed programs related to environmental contaminants, including radon, asbestos, mold, and PCBs. Deemer also brings a strong background in environmental site assessment, having conducted hundreds of due diligence assessments on residential, commercial, and industrial sites for national lending clients. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Science from Allegheny College, and is a certified radon measurement and mitigation professional, an accredited asbestos inspector and management planner, and possesses the OSHA HAZWOPER 40 credential.

“I’m excited to be working with the recognized leader in providing radon and chemical vapor intrusion management solutions for clients across the country,” Deemer said. “Joining the team at Protect Environmental provides me with the opportunity to have a role in providing healthy and safe indoor environments in the places we live, work, and learn,” he added. 

As Director, OMM Services, Deemer will be responsible for developing and maintaining the national OMM services portfolio of the company by providing solutions for meeting long-term stewardship and continuing obligations for owners of property located on contaminated radon and chemical vapor intrusion sites. 

“Kenny’s experience will have an immediate positive impact for our clients,” said Kyle Hoylman, CEO of Protect Environmental. “As the regulatory environment continues to evolve, ensuring we are working with the most experienced professionals is important in assisting our clients with effectively managing their risks and liabilities,” Hoylman added.

About Protect Environmental

Protect Environmental is a national leader in the environmental services industry, focusing on radon and chemical vapor intrusion management. With a proven track record spanning 15 years that includes completed project work in all 50 U.S. states and 2 U.S. territories, the company delivers expert service from its trusted professionals to provide peace of mind protection to property owners seeking efficient and effective management of environmental risks and liabilities. For more information, call 502-410-5000 or click on to https://www.protectenvironmental.com

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Protect Environmental Taps Industry Veteran to Lead National Accounts Team

With an extensive background in the environmental services industry, Paul Melillo to head development and management of national accounts portfolio for Louisville-based company

Louisville, KY, January 31, 2022 – Protect Environmental announced today that Paul Melillo has joined the company as its Director, National Accounts. He joins the company with nearly 20 years of experience in the environmental services industry, which most recently included management roles with Terracon Consultants, Inc. and Pace Analytical. Since 2010, Melillo has generated and managed more than $60 million dollars of project revenue as a consultant and analytical laboratory sales manager, which included providing technical analysis, expert defense support, and strategic planning of site investigation and remediation at more than 750 residential, commercial, and industrial sites impacted by petroleum compounds, heavy metals, PCBs, and chlorinated solvents. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Science from the University of Vermont, his Master of Science Degree in Environmental Science from Indiana University, and is credentialed as a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM).

“I am thrilled to join the talented and growing Team Green, because indoor air impacted by radon and chemical vapor intrusion is the leading human exposure pathway in buildings across our country,” Melillo said. “Protect Environmental has been leading the way in developing innovative solutions for the characterization and mitigation of these wide-reaching issues for over 15 years, and I am excited to join a group of my peers to foster and promote these solutions throughout the United States,” he added.

As the Director, National Accounts, Melillo will be responsible for developing and maintaining the national accounts portfolio of the company, which includes stakeholders seeking efficient and effective management of environmental risks and liabilities caused by radon and chemical vapor intrusion. He will work from the company’s Indianapolis office located in Fishers, IN.

“Paul brings a wealth of knowledge to this role, which will benefit our company and our clients immensely,” said Kyle Hoylman, CEO of Protect Environmental. “We’re fortunate to have someone with his expertise and customer-centric focus building and managing our national accounts portfolio,” Hoylman added. 

About Protect Environmental

Protect Environmental is a national leader in the environmental services industry, focusing on radon and
chemical vapor intrusion management. With a proven track record spanning 15 years that includes completed
project work in all 50 U.S. states and 2 U.S. territories, the company delivers expert service from its trusted
professionals to provide peace of mind protection to property owners seeking efficient and effective
management of environmental risks and liabilities. For more information, call 502-410-5000 or click on to
https://www.protectenvironmental.com.

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Do I Need a Radon Test? The First Step in Radon Exposure Prevention

You may be asking “do I need a radon test?” because you find yourself needing to come to a decision in the middle of your real estate transaction, wondering if the added cost is worth it. Or maybe you are a homeowner who is not sure if a radon test is necessary. If in doubt – test. A radon test is relatively inexpensive when considering the risks of being exposed to harmful amounts of radon gas.

The Facts About Radon

Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas and the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. Radon comes from the breakdown of Uranium in the ground and can be found in elevated levels in any home or building. Elevated radon levels have been recorded in both old and newly constructed homes and buildings.

Since you cannot see, taste, or smell radon gas, the only way to know if your home has elevated levels (or not) is to test. Every home or building is at risk for containing elevated concentrations of radon gas.

The Second Leading Cause of Lung Cancer

Radon is responsible for the deaths of more than 21,000 people (about the seating capacity of Madison Square Garden) in the U.S. every year. The number of lung cancer cases among non-smokers continues to rise each year. While efforts to reduce tobacco use as the number one cause of the disease have been effective, there still are additional risk factors for lung cancer that we should be acting against.

Exposure to radon at home can be prevented and reduced with proper radon testing and mitigation. So, if you are asking “Do I need a radon test?”, our advice is: when in doubt, test. 

Lung Cancer Survivor Stories

Read about lung cancer survivors in Kentucky who lived a healthy lifestyle, never smoked, and who believe their diagnoses were caused by exposure to radon gas.

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Do I Need a Radon Test

Regardless of what situation you find yourself in, if you are questioning whether you need a radon test, it is better to be sure that harmful levels of radon are not present than to not test. There is no price for the peace of mind that comes in knowing your home is healthy and safe.

If you are buying a home
Scenario Do you need a radon test?
Home seller discloses that the home was never tested for radon. Test. If the results come back elevated, you can discuss options for installing a radon mitigation system.
Home seller discloses that the home was tested for radon and the results came back below the EPA action level of 4.0 pCi/L. Test. It is not clear how long ago or in what time of year the test was conducted. Radon levels can fluctuate and change with time, weather conditions, and home construction. If the results still come back below the action level, then you can have peace of mind against radon exposure should you move forward with the purchase.
Home seller discloses that the home was tested for radon and the results came back above the EPA action level of 4.0 pCi/L. Test. If the results of the test come back elevated, you may have an opportunity to negotiate an allowance to install a radon mitigation system. Elevated levels can be resolved and should not be a reason to not move forward with the purchase of the home.
The home already has a mitigation system installed. Test. We recommend homes with mitigation systems be tested every 2 years to ensure that the system is continuing to function properly. A faulty mitigation system could be doing more harm than good, and the home may still have elevated levels of radon.
The home does not have a mitigation system installed. Test. If a mitigation system installation is something you are interested in pursuing as a part of your real estate transaction, consider your options for requesting a seller credit to help cover the cost. A mitigation system installed by our team of licensed and certified professionals is an effective way to keep your home safe from radon gas.
The home does not have a basement. Test. Radon can, and has been, found in elevated levels in homes that do not have a basement. The foundation type of your home doesn’t determine the radon potential. Homes built on all foundation types, such as slab on grade and crawlspace, may contain dangerous radon levels.
The home is a new construction. Test. Elevated radon levels have been found in both new and old homes and buildings. New homes may be at greater risk because of how efficiently they are built. Air in the home is cycled out less often, meaning more opportunity for radon to accumulate in higher concentrations.
If you own your home
Scenario Do you need a radon test?
You have never tested your home before. Test. Know your risk of radon exposure at home.
You have a mitigation system installed but have never had it serviced and have not conducted any follow up testing in over 2 years. Test. Like any machine, radon systems can experience wear and can break down or not work as effectively as they once did. It is important to test every few years to ensure your mitigation system is continuing to keep you safe at home.
You have only tested your home in the warm summer months. Test. Radon levels are almost always higher in the cold winter months due to changes in atmospheric pressure. Simply put, your home breathes in more air more quickly in the winter. Any risk of radon exposure is likely to be elevated in the colder season.
You have a radon mitigation system installed but have since installed a sump pump or conducted other forms of construction on the home. Test. If sump pumps are installed after your mitigation system is installed and are not sealed correctly, the sensitive pressure functionality of your mitigation system could be compromised. Not to mention the un-sealed hole in your foundation, which is a perfect avenue for radon to intrude into your home.
The home is a new construction. Test. Elevated radon levels have been found in both new and old homes and buildings. New homes may be at greater risk because of how efficiently they are built. Air in the home is cycled out less often, meaning more opportunity for radon to accumulate and stick around.
Do I Need a Radon Test

How Radon Testing Works

There are many different options and types of radon tests available, depending on what scenario you find yourself in. There are short-term radon tests, long-term tests, and electronic continuous radon monitor (CRM) tests.

Radon tests are placed at the lowest point of the home or building. Charcoal tests absorb radon gas in the charcoal where it is stored until it can be mailed and processed by a licensed radon testing laboratory. Electronic, or CRM, testing devices are placed, activated, and have an internal mechanism that tracks each time a radon alpha particle hits it. These tests are highly sensitive and record a more detailed account of the radon levels in your home.

Short-Term CRM Tests

Short Term CRM Radon Test

These tests are placed for a minimum of 48 hours where they measure the radon in your home and provide a detailed report. There is no mailing required, and the results of your test are immediately available. Using a CRM to test provides the most accurate and precise measurement of the radon levels in your home during the test period. CRM tests can be provided by licensed and certified radon testing professionals. Our team here at Protect Environmental is NRPP certified to conduct radon testing for accurate and detailed results.

Short-term Liquid Scintillation Tests

Short Term radon - RAdata Device

Testing devices that hang on a wall in your home for about 3-5 days, are sealed, mailed, and analyzed by a radon testing laboratory. You will get one number back as your radon test result, as opposed to hourly readings when utilizing a CRM. Those who conduct short-term liquid scintillation tests may consider follow-up testing to verify the result, especially if the results come back close to the EPA action level of 4.0 pCi/L.

Long-Term CRM Tests

Long Term Radon Test

Long-term devices are placed and activated for a maximum period of 90 days. Long-term tests are helpful to identify and overcome any seasonal weather conditions and give you a more detailed look at the overall story of radon concentrations in your home through different seasons.

With the right detailed and accurate information, you can make an informed decision for your peace of mind protection against radon in your home.

Here at Protect Environmental, we utilize our proprietary Radon Sentinel technology to conduct CRM tests. Designed to be highly sensitive, our devices supply more detailed readings of the radon concentrations in your home. Reach out to our team today to schedule a professional radon test and know your risk of exposure to radon gas.

Do I need a Radon Test
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What is a Safe Radon Level?

The U.S. EPA has set the radon action level to 4.0 pCi/L. Although, there is no safe level of radon. What 4.0 pCi/L means is that at a test result of 4, the risk of exposure outweighs the cost to install a mitigation system. This action level is different in other countries and is mostly a benchmark to understand the comparison between assumed risk and cost.

Our opinion? You can’t put a price on peace of mind protection against radon exposure in the places you live, work, and learn.

Our Residential Project Manager, Greg Turner, likes to describe radon exposure risk like a game of darts. You have your dart board on the other side of the room, representing damage to your lungs. The darts represent radon gas. The more darts you have, the greater your chances of hitting the bullseye on the dartboard. A radon test helps you to know how many darts you have, and a mitigation system helps reduce the number of darts, or your chances of hitting the bullseye.

As a certified radon professional, I help the customer understand what needs to be done to reduce their risk from radon gas exposure. We know radon is a dangerous radioactive gas and our clients’ safety and peace of mind is our top priority, from the very first evaluation and all the way through the mitigation installation process.

Greg Turner, Residential Project Manager.
What are my Radon Levles

If your test comes back elevated, don't fear.

Radon mitigation is an effective solution for reducing the radon levels in your home. Acting as a sort of vacuum, a mitigation system has an activated fan and pipe structure that sucks the air out from under your home and releases it above your roofline, out of harm’s way.

Working with our team of certified and licensed radon mitigation specialists is imperative to ensure the radon levels in your home are properly managed. A poorly installed system could not only fail to reduce the radon levels in your home, but in some cases have been found to make radon levels worsen.

Do not attempt to DIY your radon mitigation system. Do your research, and make sure you are working with the professionals to properly mitigate your radon gas exposure risk.

The average cost in the United States for a radon mitigation system is anywhere between $1,200 to $4,500 (depending on your foundation type).   When installed correctly, and with proper maintenance, these systems will last many years, providing the peace of mind that you are not being exposed to cancer-causing, radioactive radon gas. If you’ve tested your home and determine you have a problem, work with our team of licensed and certified professionals for the best results.

If you live outside of our service area, visit the NRPP website to search for a licensed and certified radon contractor in your area.

Test for Radon, Know Your Radon Risk

When in doubt – test. If there are elevated radon levels in your home, it is important to know your risk, so that you can work to reduce the radon levels in your home. Conducting a radon test is the first step in knowing if the air you are breathing at home is healthy and safe.

Reach out to our team of certified trusted professionals to schedule your radon test today!

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Protect Environmental Completes Acquisition of ACE Radon

Acquisition of local industry leader launches expansion into key national market

Louisville, KY, January 11, 2022 – Louisville-based Protect Environmental, a national leader in the environmental
consulting and construction industry, with a focus on radon and chemical vapor intrusion management, today
announced that it has acquired Denver-based ACE Radon. The acquisition signifies the company’s expansion into
the Denver market, a key national market that will anchor future growth and serve as its gateway for expansion
into the western portion of the country.

Founded in 1987, ACE Radon is the most referred, qualified, and trusted radon company in Colorado, having
successfully completed more than 45,000 projects. By joining Protect Environmental’s national network of
trusted professionals, ACE Radon is perfectly positioned to take advantage of the resources the network offers
to support its continued growth in Denver and throughout the Colorado market.

“Over 34 years ago, our company was one of the first radon businesses to open its doors. We have worked hard
to establish a reputation of quality services and integrity with both our customers and employees,” said Jeff
Goard, ACE Radon President. “It is the fulfillment of a dream to partner with a company like Protect
Environmental, which has the same ideals and has assembled other like-minded industry leaders that are poised
to become the premier national provider of radon and vapor intrusion services.”

As part of its transition to Protect Environmental, the company’s existing leadership team, including Jeff and
Dawn Goard, will continue to lead the day-to-day operations in Denver and throughout the Colorado market.

Kyle Hoylman, CEO of Protect Environmental, said of the acquisition, “We’re excited to welcome ACE Radon to
our family, especially given the alignment with our core values that already exists. I look forward to working with
Jeff, Dawn, and the rest of the ACE Radon team to continue building and maintaining healthy, safe, and
sustainable indoor environments for our clients.”

About Protect Environmental

Protect Environmental is a national leader in the environmental consulting and construction industry, focusing
on radon and chemical vapor intrusion management. With a proven track record spanning 15 years and
completed projects in all 50 U.S. states and 2 U.S. territories, the company provides expert service from its
trusted professionals to provide peace of mind protection to property owners seeking efficient and effective
management of environmental risks and liabilities. For more information, call 502-410-5000 or click on to
https://www.protectenvironmental.com.

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Kentucky Lung Cancer Policy Discussion: Disparities and Radon Awareness

A discussion held by the American Lung Association to close out Lung Cancer Awareness Month in Kentucky.

Key speakers:

Shannon Baker – Director of Advocacy for the American Lung Association 

Lindi Campbell – Lung cancer survivor, advocate, and Founder of Breath of Hope Kentucky 

Dr. Timothy Mullett – Professor of Thoracic Surgery UK Healthcare 

Kyle Hoylman – CEO, Protect Environmental

Ellen Hahn Ph.D, RN, FAAN – Director of University of Kentucky College of Nursing BREATHE

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Kyle Hoylman Re-Elected President of the American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists

Industry association members re-elect seasoned veteran to lead organization during important time of tremendous opportunity and growth

Louisville, KY, October 19, 2021 – Protect Environmental announced today the re-election of Kyle Hoylman, its CEO, to serve as president of the American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists (AARST) for a second consecutive term. The announcement comes after the annual meeting of the association held during the 2021 International Radon and Vapor Intrusion Symposium. As president, Hoylman will work with the AARST staff and board of directors to continue the implementation of the strategic plan of the organization.

“I’m humbled by the renewed vote of confidence from my industry colleagues to lead the organization during this important time of tremendous opportunity and growth,” said Hoylman. “I look forward to continuing the work of AARST in increasing public awareness of radon and vapor intrusion health risks, raising industry professionalism, and supporting effective policy,” he added.

Hoylman brings over 15 years of experience in the radon and chemical vapor intrusion industry, serving as Managing Partner of Protect Environmental until the recent acquisition of the company by Rockbridge Growth Equity, the Detroit-based private equity firm. He now serves as CEO of the broader national environmental services platform being developed under the Protect Environmental brand through the support of Rockbridge. Under his leadership, the company has grown into one of the largest environmental consulting and construction firms focusing on radon and chemical vapor intrusion in the country. He has been heavily involved within the AARST organization over the past decade, including serving on its board of directors, where he chaired the government affairs committee. He also chairs the executive stakeholder committee of the AARST Consortium on National Radon Standards, which oversees the ANSI/AARST national consensus radon standards recommended by the US EPA.

About Protect Environmental

Protect Environmental is a leader in the environmental consulting and remediation industry, focusing on radon and chemical vapor intrusion management. With a proven track record spanning greater than 15 years and more than 7,400 successful project completions encompassing all 50 US states and 2 US territories, the company provides expert service from its trusted professionals to provide peace of mind protection to property owners seeking efficient and effective management of environmental risks and liabilities. For more information, call 502-410-5000 or click on to https://www.protectenvironmental.com/.

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Protect Environmental Acquired by Rockbridge Growth Equity

Transformational partnership expands national environmental services platform

Louisville, KY, October 14, 2021 – Louisville-based Protect Environmental, a leader in the environmental consulting and remediation industry, with a focus on radon and chemical vapor intrusion management, today announced that it has been acquired by Rockbridge Growth Equity, the Detroit-based private equity firm.

This acquisition is part of a series of investments by Rockbridge related to its national environmental services platform, currently operating as RB Home Services. The platform provides property owners and developers, lenders, real estate professionals and home inspectors, and other related stakeholder groups across the country a national network of trusted professionals to tackle common issues related to building and maintaining healthy, safe, and sustainable indoor environments. Given the strong brand reputation built by Protect Environmental, Rockbridge will be retiring the RB Home Services name and will adopt the Protect Environmental brand going forward. The company will also relocate its headquarters to Louisville, KY.

Steve Linden, Partner at Rockbridge Growth Equity, said of the acquisition, “Protect Environmental’s industry-leading commercial business, outstanding brand, and mission-driven leadership team are absolutely ideal compliments to the existing RB Home Services Platform. We are incredibly fortunate to now have Kyle Hoylman and the rest of the Protect Environmental team alongside us, building a true national leader in the environmental services industry.”

As the platform continues its mission of providing homeowners with best-in-class services, Protect Environmental represents a noteworthy foray into the commercial environmental services and products market. As the largest provider of commercial radon measurement and mitigation services in the country, the company adds substantial scale and geographic coverage to the burgeoning national platform.

Furthermore, Protect Environmental will be able to leverage other resources within the platform, including members of the Rockbridge family of companies, to strengthen its position as a leading provider in the environmental consulting and remediation industry. The company will focus on continuing to build out its local market presence through its acquisition of existing service providers in target markets to complement its national presence with strong local market representation.

Protect Environmental Managing Partner, Kyle Hoylman, will stay on in his role leading the company, as well asassuming the role of CEO of the broader platform.

“The opportunity to work with Rockbridge to continue our vision of building the most efficient, effective, and economical national platform of environmental, green building, and energy services is one in a lifetime,” said Hoylman. “I’m looking forward to continuing to lead our effort in developing and maintaining healthy, safe, and sustainable indoor environments for our clients around the country,” he adds. 

About Protect Environmental

Protect Environmental is a leader in the environmental consulting and remediation industry, focusing on radon and chemical vapor intrusion management. With a proven track record spanning greater than 15 years and more than 7,400 successful project completions encompassing all 50 US states and 2 US territories, the company provides expert service from its trusted professionals to provide peace of mind protection to property owners seeking efficient and effective management of environmental risks and liabilities. For more information, call 502-410-5000 or click on to https://www.protectenvironmental.com/.

About Rockbridge Growth Equity

Founded in 2007, Rockbridge Growth Equity is a Detroit, Michigan-based private equity firm that invests in
financial and business services, consumer-direct marketing, and sports, media & entertainment industries.
Rockbridge owns equity stakes in ProSites, White Glove, Connect America, Rapid Finance, Gas Station TV, Kings III of America, and Robb Report, and is affiliated with other leading businesses in its target sectors including Quicken Loans, the 2016 NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers, Amrock and StockX. Since its inception, Rockbridge Growth Equity has invested more than $700 million of equity in its portfolio of companies. For more information on Rockbridge Growth Equity, visit www.rbequity.com.

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Reduce Liability & Add Certainty to Your Vapor Mitigation Projects

Typically, the monitoring of vapor intrusion mitigation systems consists of regular, and costly, on-site visits to assess operating conditions. The time between these assessments risks the potential for undetected system failures that could put building occupants at risk of exposure to hazardous radon or chemical vapors. It’s important to have a long-term management plan for your vapor mitigation projects that protects occupants and reduces your liability.

By adding 24/7/365 telemetry monitoring to an ASD system, it is possible to eliminate on-site challenges and the potential for performance gaps to go undetected. The result is a high degree of certainty that a vapor mitigation system is protecting building occupants at any given time. 

Liability is reduced with defensible data demonstrating current and historical performance to all stakeholders. The  case studies reviewed in the presentation show how a system’s performance was impacted by factors such as weather and building construction.

Vapor Sentinel Remote Monitoring and New Construction Systems provide a better way to manage long-term stewardship obligations on vapor intrusion project sites.

The Remote Monitoring System provides 24/7/365 real-time monitoring of installed mitigation systems and transmits valuable operational data to a secure, cloud-based data portal, a scalable and cost-effective infrastructure, and user-defined alert notifications.

The Vapor Sentinel New Construction System starts with qualified designs generated by NRPP credentialed staff and utilizes the following components: Vapor Mat – gas-permeable layer that can eliminate the need for aggregate backfill, Vapor Barrier –comes in a variety of thicknesses, and exhaust ventilation piping that can either provide a passive discharge solution or be activated by a blower.

Don’t roll the dice on your mitigation system performance! Vapor Sentinel can provide you with an efficient and economical solution to reducing your liability and adding certainty to your vapor mitigation project sites.

Learn more about Vapor Sentinel Solutions for your projects.

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Computing for COVID-19

Protect Environmental cares about the health and safety of its community and has recently signed up to host a node to support the efforts of a parallel computing Coronavirus research initiative.

Rosetta@Home is a distributed computing project that engages community involvement by utilizing volunteered computer space to speed up and extend research being conducted on existing biomolecules, including coronavirus proteins, as well as designing new proteins. Rosetta’s Computing for COVID project supports the research necessary to create medicines and vaccines as potential cures for the coronavirus.

How it works: a computing grid uses distributed computer resources to reach a common goal. These computers work together by assigning certain tasks and projects to millions of different nodes hosted on thousands of different servers.

“In a project of this scale, there are millions of large servers hosting thousands of nodes each. We are hosting just a tiny node in a huge effort. This is the largest amount of multi-organizational computing effort that has ever been unleashed to solve a problem in history, and we are excited to be even a small part of it.”

– Kyle Hoylman, Managing Partner of Protect Environmental

The Institute for Protein Design: University of Washington’s Baker Lab actively utilizes volunteered nodes for seven key projects, which are believed to have an immediate impact on containing COVID-19. You can read more about these projects individually by following the links below or by visiting the Institute for Protein Design’s website: Coronavirus Response

Protect Environmental supports the University of Washington’s Baker Lab and the research they are doing to fight the coronavirus. By participating in the Computing for COVID project, we believe we are doing a small part to help our community press on toward discovering an effective solution.  

To learn how you can be a part of the Rosetta@Home project Computing for COVID, visit their websites, consider giving online toward their research efforts, and share about the work they are doing. When we all band together, each contributing even in a small way, the impossible can be made possible. 

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Radon and the Symptoms of Radon Gas Poisoning

Many parts of the country are at high risk for exposure to radon. In Kentucky and Southern Indiana, almost 50% of all buildings contain radon concentrations above the US EPA action level of 4.0 pCi/L. This risk is even higher in Louisville and Lexington, where the percentage of buildings with a radon problem can exceed 65% in certain areas! So, what is radon gas and why should you care?

What is radon gas?

Radon is a naturally occurring, cancer-causing, radioactive gas that you can’t see, smell, or taste. The gas derives from the breakdown of uranium and seeps up through the ground, diffusing into the air. In a few areas of the country, radon is contained in ground water, where it off-gasses into the air when the water is used. Radon gas usually exists in relatively low concentrations in outdoor air, averaging 0.4 pCi/L. However, when radon intrudes into buildings and becomes trapped in higher concentrations, significant health risks arise.

According to the US EPA, exposure to radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers (second overall to smoking) and is responsible for more than 21,000 annual deaths in the United States. Read on for more about the health risks associated with radon gas and how to protect you and your loved ones from this silent killer.

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Understand your risk of radon exposure and radon gas poisoning.

How are you exposed to radon gas?

Most commonly, radon intrudes into buildings through gaps, cracks, and other pathways. In a small percentage of buildings, the gas can also be released from a private water source or emanate from building materials. Radon concentrations can also be higher in buildings that are more energy efficient – well-insulated, tightly-sealed buildings decrease the number of air changes per hour, which can increase exposure to radon.

Hazardous concentrations of radon can be found in all buildings, such as your home, your place of work, or even the school your children attend. According to the US EPA, about 1 in 15 buildings contain hazardous concentrations of radon gas. However, in some parts of our country, 50% or more of buildings have a radon problem!  

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How Radon Enters Your Home.

How does radon gas cause lung cancer?

Radon gas decays quickly, releasing tiny radioactive particles. When these particles are inhaled, they can damage the cells that line your lungs. Long-term exposure to radon can lead to lung cancer. If you smoke, your risk is even greater. An increased risk of leukemia associated with radon exposure in adults and children has also been suggested.

Due to lung shape and size differences, children have higher estimated radiation doses than adults. Children also have breathing rates faster than those of adults. Risk of lung cancer in children resulting from exposure to radon may be almost two times greater than the risk to adults exposed to the same amount of radon. Sadly, an estimated 70,000 classrooms contain hazardous radon concentrations because most schools and childcare facilities aren’t required to test for radon gas.

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Radon can be found at elevated levels in the air you breathe. Radon is a radioactive gas that damages the tissue in your lungs. Damaged lung tissue can mutate and develop into lung cancer.

What are the symptoms of radon gas poisoning?

Unlike with other gases like carbon monoxide, symptoms of radon poisoning won’t show up right away. Exposure to radon gas is chronic, meaning health problems from exposure, such as lung cancer, show up after many years.

Early signs of lung cancer may include a nagging cough, shortness of breath, or wheezing. Coughing up blood or chest pain, as well as loss of appetite, weight loss, and fatigue are other symptoms association with lung cancer.

What do I do if I have radon gas poisoning symptoms?

Specific medical testing to determine if you have been exposed to hazardous concentrations of radon gas don’t exist. That’s why it’s important to be aware of the symptoms of lung  cancer, talk with your doctor about whether you should be tested to check for lung cancer. If you smoke – stop!

How can I protect myself and my family from radon gas?

Testing where you live or work is easy and cost-effective. If you have children attending school, request the building where they learn be tested. If you find you have a radon problem, take steps to have the building mitigated to control your exposure to radon gas.

Ensure that all testing and mitigation is done by a qualified professional using the national consensus standards. Better yet, let the professionals at Protect Environmental provide you with peace of mind protection in knowing that you and your family are safe from the silent killer – radon gas.

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A Protect Professional comes to your home and conducts a Radon test.
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We evaluate your test results and work with you to develop the best course of action for YOUR home. The EPA recommends mitigation when radon levels are at 4.0 pCi/L or higher.
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If you choose to mitigate, a Protect Professional comes to your home to install the radon mitigation system. Once the system is installed, we test again to ensure that the mitigation system is working properly to reduce the radon levels in your home.

How can I protect myself and my family from radon gas?

Exposure to radon gas presents a significant health concern. The only way to know if you and your family are at risk is to test the buildings where you live, work, or learn. Testing is easy and cost-effective. If you have a radon problem, affordable options for mitigating your exposure exist. You should always use a qualified professional for testing and mitigation.   

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National Radon Action Month

A call to action.

The colorless, odorless, tasteless, radioactive radon gas that may be in your home, has overstayed its welcome. 700 Kentuckians are diagnosed with radon-induced lung cancer every year.

January is National Radon Action Month (NRAM) and all month long we will be sharing facts about what radon is, why testing is important, and how mitigation works to reduce the levels in your home.

Our social media pages will be sharing staggering statistics about the cancer-causing gas, so follow along with us!

National Radon Action Month not only reminds all of us of just how dangerous the radioactive gas is, but it also highlights the importance of testing our homes.

Kick radon out.

It is a naturally occurring gas that is emitted from the breakdown of Uranium metal underground. It is dangerous to be breathing in at home.

When breathed, it damages the lungs and can lead to lung cancer. Although, the process to reduce levels in the home is relatively simple, straightforward, and inexpensive.

If you have not tested your home, January is the best time to do so! The levels in your home are more concentrated in the winter when doors and windows stay shut against the cold.

Experiencing the health risks of radon is completely preventable.

During the month of January, the Kentucky Radon Coalition is offering free test kits to all Kentucky residents. And when test kits aren’t offered for free, the process is relatively inexpensive, quick, and simple. There are a couple of ways to test.

Disposable charcoal tests, like the one pictured here, hang undisturbed for 3 days before you mail them off to the lab.

Team up with Team Green

Here at Protect Environmental, we use a device called a CRM to conduct an electronic test. We work with you to determine the best course of action for your home for your peace of mind. Schedule an appointment with one of our certified professionals to know if your home is at risk.

Know your number and know your risk. The Environmental Protection Agency recommends mitigating a home when radon levels are tested at a level of 4.0 pCi/L of air. The only way to know if your home has elevated levels is to test. Contact us to schedule an appointment or go to freeradontestkit.com to register for a free test today.

Be a part of the conversation

Testing for radon in homes is the focus of National Radon Action Month, although it does not end there. Spreading awareness is one of the greatest hurdles when it comes to protecting Kentuckians and the greater United States from the radioactive gas.

You can help by sharing this post with your friends and family! Their homes could be at risk, too.

Radon is an odorless, colorless, tasteless gas that causes damage to our lungs when breathed. Test your home and tell your loved ones to do the same.

And don’t forget! You can receive a free radon test kit through the Kentucky Radon Coalition through January 31st.

January is National Radon Action Month. Take action to protect your family and yourself from the harmful effects of exposure to radioactive gas.