Radon is a radioactive gas that comes from the breakdown of uranium in soil and rock. It is invisible, odourless and tasteless. When radon is released from the ground into the outdoor air, it is diluted and is not a concern. However, in enclosed spaces, like homes, it can accumulate to high levels and become a risk to the health of you and your family.
The air pressure inside your home is usually lower than in the soil surrounding the foundation. This difference in pressure draws air and other gases, including radon, from the soil into your home. Radon can enter a home any place it finds an opening where the house contacts the ground: cracks in foundation floor and walls, construction joints, gaps around service pipes, support posts, window casements, floor drains, sumps or cavities inside walls.
Do you have concerns about your home?
Radon is invisible, odourless, tasteless and there is no way to tell what radon levels are in your home without proper testing. To ensure testing is completed properly and accurately, home testing should be performed by certified professionals. Our radon testing is C-NRPP Certified using a C-NRPP certified device.
It is important to reduce high levels of radon, Health Canada has developed a guideline for an acceptable level of radon in Canadian homes. The current Canadian guideline for radon in indoor air for dwellings is 200 Bq/m3. Once test results are reviewed if the level of radon is above 200 Bq/m3, a custom plan is tailored to each customer and options are discussed. Our goal is to reduce radon levels to below 100 Becquerels per cubic metre (Bq/m3).
Techniques to lower radon levels are effective, can save lives and will reduce the radon level by more than 80%. A radon mitigation system is a straightforward and effective way to lower the radon level in your home. Radon mitigation should always be performed by a certified professional from the Canadian National Radon Proficiency Program (C-NRPP).
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