Radon is a radioactive gas that is found in the soil. Radon is caused by the breakdown of Uranium in soil.
Why Should I Be Concerned?
Once radon decays into decay products, those products can be inhaled into your lungs and stick to your lung tissue and can damage the lung tissue. Over long term exposure, Radon is the PRIMARY LEADING CAUSE OF LUNG CANCER in NON-SMOKERS.
Where is Radon Found?
Radon is found in buildings including your Home, Workplace, School or Daycares. Yes right here in Edmonton and surround areas.
The only way to know your Radon Levels in your home is to TEST YOUR HOME.
I can offer assistance in options that you can have this done, or do it yourself.
Radon gas is a TOXIC radioactive noble gas. It is invisible, colorless, odorless and tasteless. It is found in soil, rock and building material in and around your home. Radon gas, or its radioactive decay products are inhaled into your lungs. These decay products can stick to the lung tissue and cause lung cancer.
Radon gas seeps into our basements through cracks, pipes, holes and other openings in our walls and floors.
Radon is known as "the invisible killer". There isn't a safe level of radon.
Radon gas is the 2nd leading cause of LUNG CANCER
In Canada, Radon is measured in Becquerels per meter cubed. The action level Health Canada recommends for a Safe level of Radon Concentration a building is 200 Bq/m3, while the World Health Organization sets their action level at 100 Bq/m3.
1 Becquerel is a scientific term used to describe one radioactive decay per second. This means that 200Bq/m3 there are 200 radioactive decaying particles every second in every cubic meter of air.
There are 2 types of tests, short term and long term tests. A Short term test must be performed for a minimum of 4 days in accordance with C-NRPP Real Estate testing guidelines. A long term test would then be required to determine if Mitigation is recommended. Health Canada recommends a long term test (91 days to one year) in order to have an accurate seasonal result.
The good news is, there are ways to fix the problem without you having to pack up and move.
(ASD) Active Soil Depressurization is the most effective radon reduction method used today.
(SSD) Sub Slab Depressurization is the most commonly used method. Ex: Homes with full basements or slab on grade homes. The mitigator drills a hole in the concrete floor and connects a depressurization system to the underside of the floor (hopefully in the ground bed just under the concrete) and expels the radon outside the home.
(SMD) Sub Membrane Depressurization is used where there is soil or rock that is exposed to the interior of the home, usually in a crawlspace. The Mitigator spreads a poly layer over the exposed soil or rock and seals them together and to the walls of the home. It then draws negative pressure on the underside of the poly to catch the radon before it enters the home and expels it outside before it can come inside.
These are just some ways that a Mitigator can lower the radon levels in your home.
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Due to their small lungs, your pets are also at high risk for Radon Induced Lung Cancer.
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