Discovered in 1899, radon is a chemical element that emits radioactive gases. New requirements for radon testing and radon mitigation have been enacted to protect residents of multifamily homes from exposure to the carcinogenic compound. Naturally occurring in the soil, large deposits of the substance can seep inside buildings through cracks in walls and the foundation. Studies have shown that exposure to the colorless, odorless gas can increase the risk of developing lung cancer by 50 percent. The substance is the second-leading cause of the disease.
Federal Radon Guidelines
Several federal government agencies collaborated as the White House Council on Environmental Quality to initiate the 2013 Advancing Healthy Housing Strategy. A major component of this strategy is to improve the health and environmental quality of homes with radon testing and mitigation in multifamily buildings, such as condominiums and apartments. Multifamily properties that receive HUD financing or refinancing are required to undergo radon testing. If the test results show concentrations of radon above 4 picocuries per liter, building owners or managers must install a radon mitigation system to reduce the concentration of the gas to an acceptable level.
Owners of multifamily buildings attempting to refinance as well as those seeking initial government-backed purchase loans should take immediate action. Contact our office for the latest information on the new federal regulations governing radon testing and mitigation. The regulations specify that radon testing and mitigation in multifamily buildings must be supervised by a certified, licensed radon professional. This requirement ensures that technicians use the most up-to-date industry practices. It also recognizes the fact that larger multifamily residences have complex foundations that require specialized experience, knowledge and equipment.
Why Hire a Radon Mitigation Professional
Radon inspection, testing and mitigation should be performed by a professional technician because of the life-threatening health risks and the number of people potentially affected by radon. Our knowledgeable team can conduct a detailed structural analysis and a design survey that outlines the process for successful radon mitigation. The technicians are fully trained in the best industry practices to ensure that the solutions we recommend and implement are tailored to meet the unique demands of your property. This includes sealing radon entry points and ensuring that the gas is properly vented out and away from your building. In addition to Knoxville, we serve Maryville, Oak Ridge and the nearby areas of Tennessee. You do not have to postpone lifesaving upgrades that will make your building safer. Call Dayton’s Pest Control for a complimentary no-obligation quote to protect your family and residents. For your convenience, we offer a variety of payment options.