Radon is created naturally in the earth. A tasteless, colorless, and odorless gas that forms when uranium in the Earth’s soil decays. As radon decays, alpha particles are emitted, which can damage cells in the human body.
Outdoors radon gas is diluted in the air and poses little risk. But indoors it can become concentrated and can accumulate to hazardous levels. Radon can enter through crawl spaces, gaps between basement floors and walls, sump pumps, and the water supply.
The presence of radon in any given house will remain unknown until the air inside the house is tested for radon. The short term test will take a few days, while the long term test takes at least 90 days. Health Canada and the Canadian National Radon Proficiency Program (CNRPP) will only recognize a long-term test when deciding on measures to take for mitigation purposes. The Canadian guideline is 200 becquerels per cubic meter (Bq/m³). Any long term test that shows a reading higher than 200 Bq/m³ signifies that the occupants are at a high risk of developing lung cancer. Immediate action is required to mitigate/reduce the concentration of radon gas. Call us to get tested right away! Don’t wait!
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