Why choose Cascade Radon? Cascade Radon is renowned for high quality systems, exemplary design, outstanding customer service, while adhering to ALL local building codes and national mitigation standards. Other firms may "cut corners" to reduce their costs... and lower their bids. Caveat emptor, buyer beware. Here are some real world examples of other's less-than-stellar work:
Ineffective design This unattractive system was tied into an existing exterior French drain, failing to lower household radon levels. Cascade Radon replaced it with an effective, aesthetically pleasing installation.
Improper anchoring This unattractive system is inadequately secured to the siding of the home, compromising stability, and again will fail inspection.
Inadequate setback This system's fan has been installed too closely to the property line (the fence on the right), failing to adhere to City of Portland setback requirements for a mechanical device. This system will not pass inspection, requiring a complete redesign, additional work, and likely expense to the homeowner.
Unsafe electrical work This system's power was provided by the amateurish (and unsafe) splicing of wire in the crawlspace, which failed inspection and was deemed a fire hazard. Cascade Radon installed a completely new system for this home, bringing all aspects into code compliance.
Unsafe clearance Radon system fans must be placed at least three feet from a gas meter, to eliminate the possibility of explosion due to static discharge. This is clearly a dangerous situation.
Unsafe venting Venting too close to operable windows or skylights can lead to high radon levels being routed back into a building. In this case, the double-hung window to the right is just a few feet away, in violation of EPA and industry standards; when open, this window would allow very high concentrations of radon to re-enter the home.
Improper suction point Incredulously, this system was to rely on an inverted bucket to depressurize the soil beneath the home. It failed to do so, failed to lower radon levels, while adhering to none of the national standards for proper system design nor state building code. This installation failed inspection, and has since been replaced by an effective Cascade Radon system.
Unnecessary work Radon levels in this crawlspace were quite low, but high in the basement. Improperly sealed vapor barrier was unnecessarily installed in the crawlspace, at significant expense to the homeowner. Cascade Radon installed a sub-slab system in the basement, and levels dropped to below 1 pCi/L in the home.
You have a choice.
Insist on a state-licensed contractor, with current national radon mitigation certification from AARST-NRPP or NRSB. Ensure all proper permits are obtained, only licensed electricians are utilized, and all local building codes and ordinances are followed. Insist on Cascade Radon.