Radon Testing in Ottawa
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At H&S Home Inspections, we provide short- and long-term Radon tests and will provide you with an independent, non-biased report to act if required. Call today.
Why Is Radon a Concern?
Radon is a gas that is formed by the breakdown of uranium in the soil. Uranium is a natural radioactive material found in rock and soil throughout Canada. The reason that Radon is of concern is that it is a cancer-causing natural gas that you can’t see, smell or taste.
Although Radon is found in outdoor air, it becomes more of an issue when it enters a home through the basement walls or floor. Radon typically moves up through the ground to the air above and into your home through cracks and other holes in the foundation. Your home can trap radon inside, where the concentrations can then build up.
Since Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers and is the second leading cause of lung cancer in Canada and the U.S. Health Canada believes that Radon exposure is linked to roughly 16% of lung cancer deaths in Canada.
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What is Radon Testing?
The problem with radon is that it is an odorless and invisible gas. The only way to know if a home contains dangerous levels of radon is to test for it.
What might surprise you is the fact that one house can have radon levels next to zero while the house next door can have levels that are off the charts. The levels of Radon do tend to fluctuate depending on the weather, humidity, the home’s construction and the time of year.
For example, winter is the best time to test for radon because windows and doors tend to be kept shut during most of the season, which allows any toxins in the home to build up. This provides a good reading on indoor air quality and radon levels a household is exposed to.
There are two types of tests: a short-term test and a long-term test. A short-term tester is placed in the lower level of the home, a basement for example, for 3 days.
Then the tester is picked up by the inspector and sent to the lab for analysis. Test results are back within 3 -5 days and are sent to you electronically.
Getting a short-term radon test is a quick way to screen a home for radon – the test will highlight whether further investigation or mitigation is required. Call H&S Home Inspections to book your Radon test today!
Winter is the best time to test for radon
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