Radon is an invisible, odourless, tasteless gas that is a product of the radioactive decay of uranium. This breakdown forms a gas which is capable of migrating from the soil where uranium is found into homes.
When radon is released into the outdoor air, the dilution of the gas renders it relatively harmless. However, when the gas is allowed to enter a home and accumulate, it can create a serious health risk. Typically, the air pressure within a home is lower than the surrounding soil which can create an inward draw of gasses from the soil through items such as foundation cracks, drains and sump pits, to name a few.
Recent studies in Canada have shown that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the country, behind only smoking. Additional studies have shown as many as one in two homes in the Regina area have high levels of radon. Health Canada guidelines for indoor radon define high radon levels as being greater than 200 Bq/m3 (becquerels per cubic metre).
WHO IS AT RISK?
Everyone is at risk for radon inhalation as any building that has contact with the ground has the potential to have high radon levels. This includes houses, apartments, schools, daycares, warehouses and commercial properties. Smokers do inherently have an increased risk. Health Canada proposes that 3000+ people die annually as a direct result of radon-induced lung cancer.
WHAT CAN BE DONE?
Testing can be completed to determine indoor radon levels. Testing is relatively inexpensive and can provide homeowners peace of mind. Our firm utilizes the three-month passive test which is the test method recognized by Health Canada as well as the Saskatchewan Lung Association.
In the event that the testing completed reports radon levels above the Health Canada action level of 200 Bq/m3, our firm will provide further direction on mitigation options. In most cases, a mitigation kit can be installed in one day and will reduce the indoor radon level significantly. In all situations, we would recommend contracting a certified radon mitigation professional from the Canadian National Radon Proficiency Program (C-NRPP) to aid with mitigation system installation.
* 2nd leading cause of lung cancer in Canada (behind only smoking)
* 40-50% of homes in Regina area have high levels of indoor radon
* 3000+ annual deaths in Canada directly related to radon-induced lung cancer
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