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Did you know that radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers? It’s also the second leading cause of lung cancer to smokers. Radon is a colorless, odorless and tasteless radioactive noble gas. As such, it is impossible to detect without the proper equipment and qualifications. Luckily for the safety of your home and family, our radon testing and inspectors in Toronto are knowledgeable and practiced when it comes to protecting your home from this dangerous gas. Inch by Inch Inspections has experience performing radon testing and will ensure that you are both informed and secure throughout the process.

What is Radon?

radon testing toronto GTA bq/m ratingRadon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas. It comes from the decay of uranium that is found in nearly all soils. Radon gas is colorless, odorless, and without taste. The presence of radon in a home cannot be detected by human senses. The only way to know if your home contains radon gas is to test. EPA recommends that homes with high Radon concentration above 4 pCi/L be mitigated. There are many straight-forward reduction techniques that will work in almost any home.

Understanding Radon Gas and Radon Testing

Radon gas is a natural occurrence. It’s common throughout North America, and found in various degrees in the ground soil under a home’s foundation. Radon gas is radioactive, so it could pose some danger in high levels. It cannot be seen, smelled, or tasted, and therefore can be difficult to detect. Where high levels of radon are suspected, professional radon testing may be required.

How radon gas enters the home

As a gas, radon moves freely through the soil and can escape into the air. As it moves, it can seep into the foundation of a building, but in diluted concentrations that pose insignificant risk to personal health. However, where concentrations might be higher, radon testing is recommended.

From the ground soil, radon gas can seep into a building through foundation cracks, construction joints, even floor drains and plumbing. In confined areas, particularly where ventilation is poor, radon gas levels can be high. With radon testing, the gas is found to be the highest in basements.

The typical health effects of radon

In general, occasional exposure to radon gas does not present any health symptoms. However, there are cases where high levels can be the cause of cancer (16% of lung cancers in Canada are related to radon gas). The serious health risks from radon are relative to the concentration of gas in the air and the duration of exposure. Here, radon testing would be a very valuable diagnostic.

Because radon is a radioactive substance, a decaying process takes place as the gas dissipates. As a result, breathing in the polluted air has a deteriorating effect on the lungs and lung tissue. After years and years of direct exposure to the gas, lung cells are damaged and can be destroyed. Here again, in a home where there is long-term exposure, the potential for lung cancer is increased.radon gas dangerous infographic seeping into soil health negative

Current Canadian guideline for indoor radon gas

Radon is measured in units called Becquerels. The current Canadian maximum for the radon level in indoor air is 200 Becquerels (per cubic metre). This maximum level was recently reduced from 800 Becquerels (per cubic metre) when new data was disclosed about potential health risks.

Homeowners and building owners who want to take a proactive approach can effectively reduce radon gas levels using a variety of remediation methods. Immediately after professional radon testing, a workable plan can be implemented, based on the current Canadian level guideline.

Various approaches for testing radon gas

A Radon Measurement Professional provides an expert radon gas report based on air quality results from a Radon Analytical Laboratory. A Radon Mitigation Professional interprets test results and determines an effective way to mitigate radon concentrations inside a building. Radon Analytical Laboratories analyze the data from radon detection devices and provide results.

In order to remediate radon gas issues, it’s imperative to employ a certified professional. CRNCH Installers (Controlling Radon in New Canadian Homes) provide a comprehensive approach that encompasses the full extent of radon gas infiltration – inspecting, implementing, and installing mechanical systems that resolve radon gas issues, while complying with applicable laws.

Contact Inch by Inch Inspections of Toronto to schedule your Radon Testing/Inspection today!

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