Reduce your radon risk by first testing the air in your house.
New Century Home Inspection includes a FREE long term Radon test with every Standard Inspection*. Why? Our aim is to usher in a new era of home inspection. Our FREE long term Radon test acknowledges the need for a grassroots movement on the subject and New Century is willing to do its own part in building better communities. We believe this is not just a benefit to our clients; it’s a benefit to the community at large.
The following information on Radon can be found at Health Canada:
Radon is a radioactive gas that is formed naturally by the breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water. As a gas, radon is slowly released from the ground, water, and some building materials that contain very small amounts of uranium, such as concrete, bricks, tiles and gyproc. Radon gas breaks down further to form additional radioactive particles called radon daughters, or “”progeny”” that can be breathed into the lungs.
Radon cannot be detected by the senses, i.e., it is colourless, odourless and tasteless; however, it can be detected with special instruments. When radon is released from the ground outside it mixes with fresh air and gets diluted resulting in concentrations too low to be of concern. However, when radon enters an enclosed space, such as a house or basement, it can accumulate to high concentrations and become a health risk.
16% of lung cancers deaths in Canada are attributable to radon exposure. In 2006, an estimated 1,900 lung cancer deaths in Canada were due to radon exposure. Radon is the 2nd leading cause of lung cancer, after smoking.
Our recommendation is that you reduce your radon risk by first testing the air in your house to determine the radon level.
There is no safe level of radon. It is the choice of each homeowner to decide what level of radon exposure they are willing to accept.
Health Canada recommends that houses be tested for a minimum of 3 months, ideally between September and April when windows and doors are typically kept closed.