Radon Gas is a serious topic. Most people are scared of it and aren’t even sure what it is.
Radon Gas comes from the uranium in the ground. Uranium is everywhere and when it breaks down, it produces a radioactive gas that is odourless and tasteless. Being exposed to high levels of Radon Gas over a long period of time is a huge health risk. In fact, Radon Gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking!
When Radon Gas is released into the air outside, it’s safe because it’s so diluted. Radon Gas becomes dangerous when it finds it’s way into your home and accumulates. Radon Gas comes into your home through unfinished floors, pipes, windows, sumps, cracks in your foundation walls or floors.
Being exposed to high levels of Radon Gas over a long period of time is a huge health risk. According to Health Canada, Radon Gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking! In fact approximately 10% of all cases of lung cancer in Canada are caused by Radon Gas.
Between 2009 and 2010, Health Canada completed an extensive country-wide residential Radon Gas survey and discovered that about 7% of all Canadians are living in homes with Radon levels above the established safety guideline.
Regardless of where you reside, there is no way of knowing if you have a Radon Gas problem inside your home, unless you test for it. In fact, your neighbour could have Radon Gas levels next to zero, but your levels could be deemed unsafe. Radon levels will also fluctuate due to the weather, humidity levels, or the time of year.
During the winter, we keep our windows and doors shut. This allows Radon Gas to accumulate rapidly. For this simple reason, Radon Gas testing during the winter season is usually recommended.
There are many do-it-yourself Radon Gas testing kits available for purchase on-line or at most home improvement stores. There are short term (2-7 day) tests, and long term (1-12 months) tests.
Health Canada strongly recommends using a certified long-term test device for at least three months. The best time to test your home is between September and April, when your windows are mostly closed.
How much will it cost to reduce the level of Radon in my home?
If your test results indicate a high unsafe level of Radon Gas in your home, give us a call.
We’ll confirm your findings prior to offering you a solution. The cost for Radon reduction depends on the size and design of your home and the work that is needed. These costs typically range from $500 to $3000.
GasExperts is partnered with Radonova the global leader in Radon Gas Measurement.
Radonova’s Radtrak2 Alpha Track detectors for long term measurements, is the most commonly used technique for accurate Radon measurement.
Detector analysis performed using state-of-the-art image scanner at the Radonova C-NRPP accredited US laboratory. Exposure results expressed in Canadian Bq/m3.
The ideal 3 month testing period would be the typical heating season, October thru April. The measurement begins when the radon-proof plastic bag is opened. Immediately place device.
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