What is Radon Gas? Should I be concerned?

If you are thinking of buying a home or are already a home owner, here is something you may want to check for either every 2 years if you are a home owner, or during your home inspection if you are buying a home.

Radon gas, what is it?

It is invisible, odourless and tasteless. When radon is released from the ground into the  an enclosed space, like homes, it can sometimes accumulate to high levels, which can be a risk to the health of you and your family.

How can Radon gas affect me and my family’s health?

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. Long-term exposure to radon causes about 2,000 deaths per year and is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers.

How can Radon gas get into my home?

How radon gas enters a home

How radon gas enters a 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 do I test my home for Radon gas?

There are two options for testing a house for radon: to purchase a do-it-yourself radon test kit ($25-$75 at a hardware store) or to hire a radon measurement professional. If you choose to purchase a radon test kit, you must closely follow the instructions on how to set up the test.

If you choose to hire a service provider to perform the radon test in your house, it is recommended that you ensure they are certified and will conduct a long term test for a minimum of 3 months.

How much will it cost of reduce levels of Radon gas in my home?

The cost for radon reduction depends on the size and design of a home and the work that is needed. These costs typically range from $500 to $3000 and is covered under Tarion if your home is still
under warranty.

– your Woodland Trails Team

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