What Is Radon?
Radon is a radioactive gas that occurs naturally when the uranium in soil and rock breaks down. It is invisible, odorless 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 sometimes accumulate to high levels, which can be a risk to the health of you and your family.
Radon has been recorded in most areas of Canada. While seldom mentioned in the lower the mainland, it is simply because Radon testing has not been performed, or in very limited quantities, to verify the amounts that may be present. Most homeowners are now becoming more aware and sensitive to the environment that they are now living in and how it is affecting their overall health.
What are the health effects of Radon?
Radon gas breaks down or decays to form radioactive elements that can be inhaled into the lungs. In the lungs, decay continues, creating radioactive particles that release small bursts of energy. This energy is absorbed by nearby lung tissue, damaging the lung cells. When cells are damaged, they have the potential to result in cancer when they reproduce.
Exposure to high levels of radon in indoor air results in an increased risk of developing lung cancer. The risk of cancer depends on the level of radon and how long a person is exposed to those levels.
Exposure to radon and tobacco use together can significantly increase your risk of lung cancer. For example, if you are a lifelong smoker your risk of getting lung cancer is 1 in 10. If you add long-term exposure to a high level of radon, your risk becomes 1 in 3. On the other hand, if you are a non-smoker, your lifetime lung cancer risk at the same high radon level is 1 in 20.
How can Radon get into my Home?
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 soil: cracks in foundation walls and in floor slabs, construction joints, gaps around service pipes, support posts, window casements, floor drains, sumps or cavities inside walls.
How can We Help?
As certified (C-NRPP) Radon Measurement Professionals, AusCan Building Inspections can test the possible levels of Radon Gas within your home or Commercial Building. Testing is easy and has little disruption to the occupants of the building.
Combine this service with an Indoor Air Quality Assessment to fully verify the quality of air inside your building. This service can be added as an option to an existing inspection.
Call us today for more information to book your Radon Measurement inspection.
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