Radon Testing and Mitigation
Radon is a naturally occurring gas that exists in most homes in Canada. It is colourless odourless and typically seeps into our homes through the basement. Due to our geology and amount of time we spend inside in winter, Canada has a high risk of Radon in homes.
In this CTV news report a former resident of Ottawa was diagnosed with lung cancer but never smoked. The couple had their former Ottawa home tested and discovered it was 30 times the World Health Organization limit for Radon gas. Health Canada are looking to raise awareness of the risks of Radon in family homes and encouraging homeowners to measure the Radon levels in their home.
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Here are some things for you to consider:
• Radon is present in all Ontario homes at some level
• High levels of Radon are the 2nd largest cause of lung cancer behind smoking
• Radon is a colourless and odourless gas but can be detected relatively easily with the correct equipment. See Radon Testing
• Winter is the best time to test
• If detected above the recommended limits, Radon levels can be reduced to acceptable levels using Radon mitigation
Typically there are two methods of testing for Radon:
1. Long Term Alpha Track Detector – These look like a hockey puck and can be bought at hardware stores for a resonable cost. They require 90 days in your home to collect sufficient data, then are sent off to a lab in the US for analysis. A very cheap way to get a gauge on the Radon level in your home and best carried out over the winter months.
2. Professional testing – Members of the C-NRPP (Canada National Radon Proficiency Program) use professional measurement equipment to continuously monitor the radon level of your home and compile a detailed report. The results are available much more quickly, are more comprehensive and more accurate. For peace of mind we recommend professional testing.
If Radon levels are detected above the recommended limit it is imperative that you call in a C-NRPP certified mitigation professional. They will apply the appropriate mitigation strategy then monitor to ensure safe levels have been achieved.
Health Canada recommends that all homeowners test their homes for Radon. Whether you choose to buy a Alpha Track detector and test it yourself or call in professional such as McCrea’s Climatecare, now is the perfect time.
If you do discover high levels of Radon call in your local C-NRPP professional, McCrea’s Cimlatecare are the C-NRPP analysis and mitigation professional covering Renfrew and Arnprior.