Radon Testing in Multi-Family Buildings
Radon gas as it rises naturally from the soil has the potential to enter any livable structure above and subsequently build up into unsafe levels. Multi-Family buildings such as apartments, duplexes, condos, dorms, nursing homes, etc. should be tested every five years for radon gas by a radon professional. Radon gas is present in dangerous quantities all throughout the US, so no matter where your building is located there is a chance that it may have this issue. Radon gas is a silent killer as it cannot be detected by the human senses. Radon gas produces decay products known as radon daughters that ionize genetic material, which can cause mutations that are cancerous. Radon gas only trails smoking as the leading cause of lung cancer in the US. The majority of people in the US spend a massive amount of time in their place of residence, so it can be quite easy to build up exposure time to elevated radon levels if they are present. Radon testing in multi-family structures is an affordable and simple process to prevent lung cancer. Lifetime Environmental Solutions provides a bevy of radon testing options for multi-family buildings and will work with you to understand the testing results and guide you to the next steps if necessary. Lifetime Environmental Solutions is certified for conducting measurements of radon and radon decay products in multi-family buildings by the American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists (AARST) so you can be sure that any radon inspection done through us will be as thorough and accurate as possible. Don’t wait until it’s too late, give us a call today to set up a radon test at your multi-family property today!
Radon Testing in Apartments and Dorms
If an apartment or dorm is to be properly tested for radon gas, all livable ground floor units need to be tested that have direct contact to the ground or are over a crawlspace, underground parking structure, or utility tunnel. Spaces that are used for offices within the building will need to be tested as well. Individuals who are curious about their apartment or dorms radon levels may conduct a simple radon test kit on their own, however this is only for personal use, a proper test needs to be conducted by the owners of the building though a certified radon testing company such as Lifetime Environmental Solutions. If the results of the radon test show radon levels of 4.0pCi/l or above in one or multiple units of the apartment or dorm, a followup test will need to be completed in each of those units. If the average of both radon tests in those units is still over the 4.0pCi/L level, radon mitigation will be necessary for the entire building. If the entire building tests low for radon gas (below 4.0pCi/L) another radon testing round should be performed during a different season (radon levels can fluctuate during different seasons) or a long term test kit can be applied for a more thorough average. Access to each ground floor unit as well as closed conditions will be necessary during the radon testing process, so each tenant should be informed about what is being done and what they need to do to assist in the process. Lifetime Environmental Solutions can provide you with educational materials to give to each tenant laying out what they need to do to help make the testing a smooth process with accurate results. Give us a call today to start the radon testing process in your building.
Radon Testing in Condos
In our experience, radon testing is most often requested in condos from the current owners, not the condo association. Testing a condo for radon is a virtually identical process to testing any single family residential home. Charcoal testing kits, digital testing monitors, and long term canisters can all be used on condos to measure the radon levels. If the levels of the radon test show an average of 4.0pCi/L or above, a radon mitigation system will most likely be required to lower those levels to an acceptable range. Inform your condo association of your findings so they can inform the other owners in the area of the possible presence of dangerous radon levels in their own dwellings as well. Many condo associations have their own rules regarding radon mitigation, so if your tests results show that a system is necessary you should find out those association rules as soon as you can. Lifetime Environmental Solutions can work with you and your condo association to make the radon testing and mitigation process painless. Give us a call today!
Radon Testing in Duplexes, Triplexes, and Quadplexes
It is up to the individual residents of multi-family homes such as duplexes, triplexes, and quadplexes to test their units for radon. To start, the lowest level of the unit should be tested because the lowest level of a structure is typically where radon levels are at their highest. If the radon test results show an average of 4.0pCi/L or above, you may conduct another followup radon test to confirm the results and then look into the installation of a radon mitigation system. For radon mitigation, you will need to work with the other occupants of the building, as the entire building will need to be surveyed to determine the proper mitigation system build. In most cases, if one unit tests high for radon gas, the other units will as well, so most other owners will be more than happy to participate in mitigation of the entire building. If you would like your duplex, triplex, or quadplex tested for radon, give us a call today!
Radon Testing in Nursing Homes
Radon testing should be conducted in every nursing home across the country. Radon gas can cause detrimental health effects in the elderly if they are residing in a building with high concentrations. Every ground floor unit of a nursing home will need to be tested as well as offices, exercise areas, and dining rooms. If any of those rooms tests above 4.0/Pci/L, a followup test will be conducted to confirm the results. If the average of both tests is still above 4.0pCi/L, the entire building will require radon mitigation. Identifying and resolving potential radon gas issues in nursing homes as soon as possible can save lives. Give us a call today to start the radon testing process!