Radon Mitigation in Multi-Family Buildings
The threat of radon gas is not limited to single family residential homes, or just buildings with basements Any building that has a foundation, walls and a roof can accumulate harmful levels of radon. Radon gas in multi-family buildings such as apartments, duplexes, condos, dorms, and nursing homes is widely ignored by the public because of little awareness about where radon can accumulate. Radon (radon-222) is formed from the natural decay of uranium in the soil and can enter a structure through small openings in the foundation.
As radon decays it produces radioactive particles called radon daughters particles which can/will be inhaled into the lungs. Over time, these bursts of radiation inside the lungs can cause lung cancer. In the US alone, radon gas is documented to be responsible for over 21,000 deaths a year from lung cancer according to the EPA. If you have tested your multi-family building for radon gas, and the results showed that the levels inside were above 4.0pCi/L (the EPA action level for radon) you should take action immediately. No matter the size of the building or the levels present, radon in multi-family buildings can be fixed by installing a radon mitigation system. Lifetime Environmental Solutions has over 23 years of experience in radon mitigation and vapor intrusion services and are here to help! Call today for a free radon mitigation estimate for your multi-family property!
Radon Mitigation in Apartment Buildings
Radon gas can lurk in the lower levels of apartment buildings just as it can in the basements of residential homes. If high levels of radon are found in an apartment unit, steps can be taken to mitigate it out for good. At this time, there is not a solution to simply mitigate just one apartment unit as radon mitigation systems work by creating negative pressure under the entire structure to draw the radon gas out before it can enter. In a typical radon mitigation installation for an apartment building, a free on-site visit will need to be scheduled to determine how many systems will need to be put into place to remove the radon from the building. For smaller apartment buildings, sometimes one radon system can be enough to mitigate the entire structure, but larger buildings sometimes require multiple systems and commercial grade radon fans to achieve maximum depressurization. We will work with you to determine the best possible solution for your apartment building so you can start breathing in cleaner, radon-free air.
Radon Mitigation in Condos
If elevated radon levels are found in your condo, a radon mitigation system may be necessary to alleviate the radon presence indoors to achieve a healthier living space. Mitigating radon in a condo is a very similar process to a typical residential home as we custom build the system to fit the needs of the property. Most condo associations have rules of where radon mitigation systems can be placed for aesthetic reasons, so if you are planning on having a system installed, contact your condo association and ask for clarification on their radon mitigation policies. Radon mitigation systems in condos can many times be routed through the garage and vented out through the roof to minimize the visibility of the system on the exterior of the property. This usually is the preferred method, when possible, for the condo. However, if the garage is not attached, or the association does not want any roof penetrations on the property, the system will need to be routed to the exterior and vented above a roof line. Give Lifetime Environmental Solutions a call today to start the radon mitigation process. We can give you a free price estimate and help you work with your condo association to install the best system possible.
Radon Mitigation in Duplexes
Mitigating radon in a duplex can be a tad more complicated than a single family home. The installation of a radon mitigation system in a duplex will remove the radon gas from the entire structure, so approval is sometimes necessary from both owners before the system can be implemented. If the property has a sump crock and drain-tile underneath, the sump crock will need to be sealed down air tight no matter which side it is located on. It is important to keep the other occupant of the building informed throughout the mitigation process, and typically most people are more than happy to allow their sump crock to be sealed if it means that the radon issue will be solved in their unit as well. Radon mitigation systems can be vented through the garage or the exterior of the building depending on how the duplex is built. To find out what type of system is right for your duplex, and to get a free quote, give us a call!
Radon Mitigation in Dorms
Dangerous levels of radon gas can be present inside of dormitories with no warning signs. The lower levels of a dorm are at the most risk of having elevated radon levels present because of the density of radon gas and the fact that it enters through the foundation of the structure. If your dorm has tested over 4.0pCi/L, you need to take action immediately by installing a radon mitigation system. Lifetime Environmental Solutions will work with the university to develop and implement a plan of action to resolve the radon issue within the structure so you can sleep, study, and hangout indoors without the worry of constantly breathing in radioactive particles. We will review all available construction drawings and specifications for the building as well as preferences of the university to determine the perfect mitigation strategy. Give us a call today for a free radon mitigation estimate for your dorm.
Radon Mitigation in Nursing Homes
Radon gas exposure can be potentially extra harmful to the elderly in nursing homes because they may potentially be spending more time indoors causing them to be exposed even longer than younger folks are. For both the residents of a nursing home as well as the employees, dangerous levels of radon gas must be removed to prevent lung cancer. Former smokers are at an even higher risk of lung cancer if radon gas is present inside of their dwelling. If radon gas is detected at a level at or above 4.0pCi/L inside of a nursing home, all ground contact units/foundations must be mitigated to ensure the safety of all occupants inside. Lifetime Environmental Solutions can develop a hassle free, affordable, and effective mitigation strategy to alleviate the dangerous radon levels present very quickly and affordably. Give us a call today to get a free quote!