Radon mitigation systems can be installed in a house to reduce radon levels, but what about condos and townhomes?
Before we get into the details, let’s first understand what radon is and how it enters a home.
What Is Radon?
Radon gas is a naturally-occurring, radioactive gas that occurs when uranium in soil decays. This odorless, tasteless, and colorless gas can be present in any home whether it is brand new or 100 years old, and one in three Utah homes has high levels of radon. Radon exposure is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, just behind smoking, and the risk goes up even more for smokers.
How Does Radon Enter a Home?
Radon gas enters the home through cracks and pores in the foundation. When the uranium in the soil below a building decays, radon rises through these cracks and pores and gets trapped inside. Prolonged exposure indoors can change the DNA structure of your lungs, leading to lung cancer.
How Can You Remove Radon?
Radon levels are reduced by installing a radon mitigation system. This system is a series of pipes with 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 on the lowest level of the house.
In order for a system to be effective in a condo or townhome, it still must be installed on the lowest level of the building no matter what floor the condo is on. That may mean working with your neighbors and homeowners association (HOA) in order to get it done.
At Utah Radon Services, we have a variety of installation options 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, then give you all the information needed to present to your HOA.
What Is the First Step?
The first step to protect yourself is to test your home for radon. Simply fill out the form on this page or call us at 801-871-0715 to request your free radon test today.