Services


Jenergy Matters Ltd. Services


If we provide the repair, a full day will be required for a crew. We will perform detailed diagnostics and measurements to ensure your system is the quietest, most effective system possible. All openings will be sealed and checked for inflow and all your fans will be checked for pressure variances as well as backdraft potential. Full labeling and performance indicators are included as is a follow-up test with a highly sensitive continuous radon monitor.

Testing

All homes and day cares should be tested for a minimum of 3 months during the heating season (October –April).

Day Cares in private homes (since 2017) must be tested prior to licensing or renewals. Insist your day care provider provide their test results or proof of compliance.

We provide a testing device, bring the test to your home, set it up, retrieve it after a minimum of 91 days, and send it to an accredited lab for analysis. The results are sent to you directly and the total cost for the test, shipping, delivery and retrieval plus analysis from the independent lab is $75.

While we are setting up the test, we may provide a short-term indication of your Radon levels with a professional rapid radon monitor, inspect your basement for possible radon entry points such as cracks, unsealed furnaces, plumbing penetrations, cold joint gaps and provide an estimate for a mitigation should the radon concentrations in your home from the test be above the Health Canada Action Levels  – considered to be the maximum acceptable radon level. There is no obligation or cost for the inspection.

Alternately, if you would like to participate in a province-wide study of Radon, you can participate in the EVICT RADON campaign. The cost of testing through the EVICT RADON campaign for 2017/18 is $60. The test is mailed to you with easy to follow instructions and a return mailer for you to send the device to the lab. The information gathered through this testing is used by researchers to map the radon levels in Alberta homes. The EVICT RADON campaign is the largest study ever undertaken in a major metropolitan area (Calgary) and has generated valuable insights into the relationship between radon and lung cancer. All information is confidential and you are identified only as to the first 3 digits of your postal code.You may order a test through the EVICT RADON website from the Robson DNA Science Center at the University of Calgary www.evictradon.ca

New Builds

The Alberta Building Code now requires  all new construction to have a  radon rough-in. Insist your builder has a rough-in installed by a Certified Radon Mitigator to avoid costly errors and omissions. If your home is in the planning stage, an experienced Mitigator can provide design and practical advice to avoid building inspection failures or ineffective rough-ins. Only a Certified Mitigator will avoid the pitfalls commonly experienced by Builders that cost clients unnecessary expense long after you take possession of your home. The Alberta New Home Warranty does not protect you from high Radon levels or the costs of fixing the problem (unlike other jurisdictions)

A rough-in is not  an active radon system however. You are only protected once a full system is installed. If your home has high radon concentrations, the rough-in can be tested with various diagnostics and a system designed that fits your specific home and particular radon levels. Testing /diagnostics and design will generally take a few hours to a full day and involve drilling some pressure test holes, fan proxy tests to establish suction and flow requirements and consideration of the level of sealing, HVAC , plumbing and air quality built into your home. Additional equipment such as a sump for control of water, lift stations for sewage, in-floor hydronic heat, Heat or Energy Recovery ventilation  or other specialised equipment, will both inform and complicate the diagnostics and final system design.



Renovations

If a concerning radon level is discovered through long-term testing, the problem can be easily resolved at a reasonable cost. Depending on the age of your home and the original design and equipping, the remediation work can take as little as one day, with more complicated systems installed over a period of two to three days depending on the requirements.  Any home can be fixed but those with; poor aggregates under the basement floor, multiple grade beams, sumps, lift stations, crawl spaces with dirt or sand floors, in-floor heating, split levels, semi-detached or row housing may present challenges greater than normal and require more time. We can advise, in advance of a decision to mitigate, what the costs and timing will be during a simple (no charge ) inspection of the basement area. Our quotes are provided by the same Certified Mitigator who will work on your home (no agents, no excuses)

Migitations

If a high Radon level is discovered through testing, the problem can be solved easily and relatively cheaply. Health Canada recommends a fix within one year if levels are above 600 Bq/m3 and within two years if levels are between 200 and 600 Bq/m3. Levels in Calgary have ranged as high as 3500 Bq/m3, and it is always a homeowners choice whether to mitigate or not.

If we provide the repair, a full day will be required for a crew. We will perform detailed diagnostics and measurements to ensure your system is the quietest, most effective system possible. All openings will be sealed and checked for inflow and all your fans will be checked for pressure variances as well as backdraft potential. Full labeling and performance indicators are included as is a follow-up test with a highly sensitive continuous radon monitor.

We no longer recommend the DIY option for homeowners. All too often owners do not possess the expensive tools and diagnostic equipment needed to perform the work, may risk injury to themselves and damage their tools and homes in the process.



Real Estate

Some buyers have begun to insist on a Radon test before closing. This is far more common in the USA and in Eastern Canada but has begun in Western Canada for those familiar with Radon. In this instance, a short-term test is conducted and if levels are high, a longer term test is scheduled. Closing is not held up since even if levels are high, the cost of mitigation is a very small adjustment to closing relative to the amount of the purchase.

Builders

To encourage proper rough-ins, Jenergy Matters offers builders’ free design advice, rough-in, installation, labeling and sealing plus a test for clients at a cost no greater than their current practices. Ask your builder about this. Our design team offers free advice for builders to ensure a smooth transition should a later test determine mitigation is required.

Renovation Contractors

Jenergy Matters will work with your contractor to ensure they are informed about testing and mitigation requirements before they begin their work. The requirements for mitigation can impact up to five sub-trades, scheduling and ultimately costs. Allow at least 91 days for testing prior to any renovation work.