Radon Mitigation Systems in Portland, OR

Radon is a radioactive gas that occurs naturally in trace amounts in the atmosphere. When naturally occurring radioactive elements in soil and rocks (like uranium and thorium) start to decay, radon gas is released.

Radon is colorless, odorless and generally harmless if you’re exposed to it outdoors. However, the gas can make its way into homes and buildings through cracks and holes in the foundation, where it then gets trapped.

Prolonged exposure to radon can cause serious health problems. In fact, radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. for non-smokers, which is why it’s important to test for radon and install a radon mitigation system to reduce the amount of radon in your home or business.

At Alpha Environmental, our professionals have the experience and equipment to properly test radon levels, and will recommend the best radon system for your home or business. View our radon testing services or contact us today to schedule a free estimate from one of the most reliable radon mitigation companies in Portland.

Safe Amounts of Radon

In the outdoors, radon naturally occurs at an average of 0.4 pCi/L (picocuries per liter of air). The average home has about 1.3 pCi/L of radon, but the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) indicated that nearly 1 in 3 homes checked in 7 states had radon levels over 4 pCi/L, which is the level at which the EPA recommends installing a radon mitigation system in your home or building.

Getting Rid of Radon

You can’t completely remove radon from your home or building, but you can install a radon mitigation system to reduce the levels to a safe amount.

What is a Radon Mitigation System?

A radon mitigation system either:

  • Prevents radon from entering your home
  • Reduces radon levels after it’s entered your home

Two types of radon systems exist:

  • Active systems use a fan to expel radon from your basement/crawlspace. Active radon mitigation systems are designed to reduce high levels of radon in a building.
  • Passive systems use ventilation to circulate air through your basement/crawlspace. Passive radon mitigation systems are better suited for new construction buildings, which are ideally properly sealed to help prevent radon from entering. Passive systems can be upgraded to an active system after installation if needed.

Radon in the Home

The average level of radon in Oregon homes is 3.1 pCi/L. The EPA estimates that roughly 4–7 people could get lung cancer from being exposed to a lifetime of radon levels above 2 pCi/L. Those numbers multiply significantly if you smoke.

Since the EPA recommends radon mitigation between levels of 2 and 4 pCi/L, you may want to consider installing a radon system to help keep radon levels down. You can have a professional test the radon levels in your home to help you decide which type of radon system will work best for you.

You can have a professional test the radon levels in your home to help you decide which type of radon system will work best for you.

Commercial Radon Mitigation

As a property owner, you’re responsible for making sure all buildings are safe and habitable for occupants, which includes keeping radon levels from becoming too high. Installing a radon system will help keep radon within recommended levels on your property.

While most states don’t have regulations around radon testing and mitigation for schools, the EPA recommends regular radon testing at schools and installing a radon system if levels exceed 4 pCi/L to keep students and school staff safe.

New Construction

If you’re building a new construction home or business, proactively installing a radon system is the best way to keep radon from building up inside the building.

If you decide on a passive radon system, make sure the professional tests radon levels after installation to make sure it’s working properly.

Contact Us for Radon System Installation

At Alpha Environmental, we take radon testing and mitigation seriously. Our equipment is significantly more accurate than DIY radon testing. Plus, our professionals have the right training and certification to properly install radon mitigation systems, ensuring they’re up to code and won’t result in radon re-entering your building.

Call us at (503) 292-5346 or contact us online to schedule a free estimate.

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Why Choose Alpha Environmental

Our goal is to get the job done right while protecting our client. We are committed to ensuring you are safe in your residence, no matter what. We are fully licensed, bonded, insured, and here to help with all of your environmental needs.

Family Owned & Operated

We pride ourselves on strong company values that translate into service levels which go above and beyond average service providers

21+ Years Experience

For over two decades we've been doing the dirty work, serving residential and commercial customers in the greater Portland area

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Our entire team is committed to ensuring your home or place of business is safe and every job gets done the right way

David D.
Lake Oswego, OR
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My wife and I experienced a hot water pipe busting in the crawlspace. It has been a total nightmare. However, Chris and his team provided expert quality care, with timeliness and the greatest degree of professionalism. I would HIGHLY recommend Alpha Enviornmental!
Zhanna S.
Beaverton, OR
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Can’t say enough about Alpha Environmental! Their costumer service is 10/10, they have really good systems in place, responsive, and professional. The gals in the scheduling department are always so kind! As a real estate agent, I use Alpha’s services numerous times a year. Either it’s for Mold bids, oil tank decommissioning, radon etc. They always do a fantastic job! Thank you for all the work you do!
Kristen L.
Portland, OR
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Wow where do I even begin?? We’re absolutely thrilled by the work Alpha has done for us and we’re eternally grateful to them for ridding our house of asbestos tile! They’re polite, kind, professional — from estimator Filo to manager Dame to Jake, Melvin and the other two guys on the crew (so sorry we didn’t get your names) — you guys are awesome and we so appreciate your help. Our house looks amazing. The peace of mind you’ve given us is priceless. We can’t thank you enough. We’ll certainly be in back in touch if we ever need any of your services again. Thank you thank you!!!
Jeff S.
Salem, OR
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Alpha environmental's employees were punctual, pleasant to work with and there services are reasonably priced. I highly recommend them because I would use them again in the future.
Lea C.
Tualatin, OR
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Took a water sample in for lead testing and they were so fast and helpful. Rodolfo was so nice and informative in explaining the testing and what it meant! Would definitely recommend everyone to go there and will go to them for any future needs!
Claire B.
Portland, OR
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Alpha environmental was extremely helpful in navigating me through the process of testing some leftover construction debris for asbestos so I could take it to the dump. Their office manager spent time with me on the phone discussing the options for sample collection, and was extremely friendly in answering my many questions. Sample drop off at the office was easy and the results even came back a few days earlier than expected. Will definitely return if I need more sampling done!
Jeff C.
Tigard, OR
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I would highly recommend anyone wanting, quick efficient services relating to environmental testing to check out Alpha Environmental. Not only was the staff friendly and responsive, but also professional! If I could 6 stars out of 5, I would!
Jotham P.
Portland, OR
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We used Alpha Environmental Services to conduct our home inspection, radon testing, sewer scope and oil tank decommissioning. Every part of their service was really professional. They took so many great photos of the house during the inspection and offered lots of explanation on what they found. Great team. Highly recommend!
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