Radon Action Month

 
 
 
Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that comes from rock, soil and water. It can be trapped inside homes where it builds up in the air over time, causing an increased risk of lung cancer.

All types of houses can have elevated radon levels, including older homes, new builds, drafty and well-insulated homes. A radon kit is the best way to measure your home's level of this gas. Health Canada suggests testing for 3 months during the heating season, which makes November an ideal time to get your kit.
 
There are 2 types of radon test kits - short term kits test for radon for 2-90 days, while long term kits provide your home's year round average radon level.

When should you test for radon? If it's never been tested or levels are unknown - before and after doing any renos that convert an unfinished basement area into living space - after making any repairs to reduce radon levels - when preparing to buy or sell a home.

The Canadian guideline for radon in indoor air is 200 Becquerels per cubin metre (200Bq/m3). If your test measures a higher level, consult with a certified radon mitigation professional to help you find the best way to reduce the radon level in your home.

Other ways to reduce radon levels in your home include increasing air flow by opening windows and using fans and vents to circulate air, sealing cracks in floors and walls, and when buying a new home, inquire about radon protective measures.

Let me know if you have any questions about measuring the level of radon in your home.

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