Understanding Radon

Understanding Radon

What is Radon Gas?

Radon gas is an odorless, colorless, tasteless gas found in many, many homes.  There are an estimated 3,300 radon-induced lung cancer deaths per year in Canada.  It is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking.

Where does Radon come from? 

Radon comes from the decay of uranium minerals found in rock, soil, and water.  It does not naturally occur indoors, however, radon can get into your home anywhere it finds an opening where your home contacts soil.  For example, cracks in foundation walls and floor slabs, construction joints, gaps around service pipes and support posts, floor drains and sumps, and water supply.

Why is Radon so dangerous?

Radon itself is radioactive.  When outdoors, radon mixes with the open air and dilutes it.  However, indoors, it is trapped.  It becomes concentrated resulting in serious health risks, especially lung cancer.

To find out if your home has a radon problem you have to measure the radon concentration inside of it.

How Do I Test My Home for Radon?

To find out if your home has a radon problem you have to measure the radon concentration inside of it.

Health Canada recommends you test for radon every two years.  Radon is volatile and it is normal for levels of radon to change regularly 

There are radon professionals in the Greater Vancouver area like Radon Environmental who can work with you to test your home.  They provide radon mitigation solutions for residential homes and workplaces.

Radon Mitigation Products

As a builder, we use radon mitigation products in the construction of your home to decrease the amount of radon gas capable of seeping into the home.   By doing so, we ensure your new home is safe and free from harmful levels of radon gas.

Health and safety is one of our top priorities, which is why radon mitigation is an important aspect to every one of our new homes.  We urge you to look into what you can do to keep your family safe.

Concrete Window Wells

Maintenance Free Window Wells

What is a Window Well?

If your home has a basement with windows you probably have window wells too.  Window wells are the openings in the ground that allow light to come into the basement.  Often, window wells are made from metal, plastic, wood, or concrete blocks to support the surrounding earth.  Window wells must be properly installed to ensure excess rainwater drains away from your foundation.  They can become a high maintenance item if not properly built and cared for.

Why Concrete?

Our solution is a maintenance free stamped concrete window well.  Why concrete?  Pressure treated wood will last between 5 to 10 years.  Corrugated metal will start to rust and break down between 10 and 15 years after installation.  If improperly installed, both of these products can become a concern for the homeowner.  They can cave in or become misaligned with the foundation causing expensive repair bills.

How Long Does a Concrete Window Well Last?

A concrete window well installed directly onto the concrete footing of your home will never move and can last indefinitely.  They are strong, durable, and virtually maintenance free.  A well built concrete window well will go a long way in preventing future water damage in the basement of your home.

Check out our video below! For more videos on how we build new homes built, click here.

Maintenance Free Concrete Window Wells
Lot 6 the Vine

Home Construction at THE VINE!

Construction has BEGUN!

It’s a very busy season here at Sonbuilt as we begin home construction at THE VINE at Pepin Brook!  Our site team is in the process of digging the hole for the home on Lot 6 and within a week or so, you will start to see the insulated concrete forms (icf) assembled for the foundation. 

What Are We Building?

This first home is a rancher we call the Woodside. View the home and floor plan here. It’s a 3 bedroom design with Master and on the Main and a fully completed basement.  We are incorporating several significant Aging in Place features into this home including a level entry, wider doorways, minimal steps from garage to house, and low threshold shower.  It has a walk in pantry by the kitchen too.  This beautiful design has all the comforts you need to live in your home safe and securely.

A High Performance Home with Solar Panels!

We are proud of this Sonbuilt High Performance Home!  The array of solar panels on the roof will ensure your energy bills are kept to a minimum each month.  Our high performance walls are insulated on both the inside and the outside using continuous insulation that dramatically decreases heat loss and prevents the risk of moisture and mold.  The ICF foundation will ensure the basement of this home will be dry and comfortable with no musty smell over time.

Choose Your Finishes!

This early in construction there is still the opportunity to customize many aspects of this home including interior and exterior finishes.  At this stage our in house design team can still take care of modifications to various aspects of the design to accommodate specific furniture sizes.

Contact Our Real Estate Team

Need more information?  Call the team at Elevation Real Estate Group at (604) 755-3979 or email them at info@thevineliving.ca.  As your builder, we at Sonbuilt can also answer questions you may have regarding specific details in the construction of a High Performance Home and process of building.  You are welcome to contact us here.

Stay tuned for photos and updates as construction at THE VINE at Pepin Brook gets under way!