Source: Deseret News, The Radioactive Killer, by Sara Israelsen-Hartley, Jan, 29, 2020 SALT LAKE CITY…
Radon mitigation systems can be installed in a house in order to reduce radon levels. However, what can be done to reduce radon in condos and townhomes? First, let’s understand radon and how it enters a home.
What is radon?
Radon gas is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that occurs when uranium in soil decays. It is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States – just behind smoking. And the risk for a smoker goes up even more. This odorless, tasteless, and colorless gas can be present in any home – whether it is brand new or 100 years old.
How does radon enter a home?
Radon gas particles enter the home through cracks and pores in the foundation. This can include the cement basements, near construction joints, sump pumps, and more. Prolonged exposure can actually change the DNA structure of your lungs, leading to lung cancer.
How can you remove radon?
Radon levels are reduced with a radon mitigation system. This is a series of pipes and a fan that pulls the radon from below the home and vents it above the house. Keeping it from ever entering your home. The system is usually installed in the lowest level of the house – either a basement or a crawl space.
So what can be done when you live in a condo and have a unit below you? In order for a system to be effective, it must be installed at the lowest level (even if it goes to the exterior from there). That may mean working with your neighbors and HOA in order to get it done.
But don’t panic. We can work with you and your HOA in order to come up with a system that will work for your building. We have different configurations for installation that can be customized to fit any building. Our team of radon experts will come out and review your building to come up with a plan that will fit then give you the information needed to present to the HOA. We will also be available to answer questions if needed.
What is the first step?
The first step in ridding your home of radon has to be testing to see if radon levels in your home are high. Simply fill out the form on this page or call us at 801-871-0715 to request your free radon test today.