Radon is the number one cause of lung cancer in non-smokers. 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.
Radon gas breaks down to form radioactive elements that can be inhaled into the lungs. In the lungs, radon continues to breakdown, 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.
If your radon test result is above the guideline of 200 Bq/m3 you should hire a certified radon professional to determine the best and most cost effective way to reduce the radon level in your home. Techniques to lower radon levels are effective and can save lives. A radon mitigation system can be installed in less than a day and in most homes will reduce the radon level by more than 80% for about the same cost as other common home repairs.
The most common radon reduction method is called sub-slab depressurization. With this solution a pipe is installed through the basement sub-flooring to an outside wall or up through to the roof line. A small fan is attached which draws the radon from below the house to the outside before it can enter your home. Increasing ventilation and sealing major entry routes can also help reduce radon levels, but their effectiveness will be limited depending on how high the radon level is and the unique characteristics of each home.
Health Canada recommends that the contractor be certified as a radon mitigation professional from the Canadian certificate program, Canadian National Radon Proficiency Program (C-NRPP).
Radon in your new home with Tarion warranty coverage
If you own a new home, your new home warranty in Ontario provides coverage against excessive radon concentrations for a full 7 years. If the radon level in your home is above Health Canada’s guideline of 200 Bq/m³ you can make a warranty claim. Tarion will cover the costs required to mitigate a home up to a limit of $15,000 using a C-NRPP mitigation professional. A long term test of at least 3 months is required to prove a claim on your new home.
Contact us to book radon testing performed either as a stand alone service or in conjunction with a home inspection.
Radon Testing Fees With Certified Digital Device
- Radon test stand alone service $200
- Radon test add-on service with Home Inspection $120