You have questions about Radon and we have both answers and solutions! Please find below some answers to questions we hear all the time and at the bottom are a list of hyperlinks to much more information. Radon is real and serious, however please test and if you find you have elevated Radon levels don’t panic we have highly effective solutions!
What is Radon?
Radon is the radioactive gas that comes from the natural breakdown of naturally occurring uranium found in the soil and rock throughout the world. It is invisible, odourless and tasteless and can only be detected by specialized equipment. Radon enters buildings (homes, schools, offices, business, etc.) through openings that come into contact with soils (ex: cracks in the slab and foundation, sump pits, etc.).
Why is Radon a concern?
Exposure to elevated levels of radioactive Radon gas releases radioactive decay products that when inhaled can damage delicate lung tissue and possibly leading to lung cancer. Exposure to Radon is the second biggest cause of lung cancer (16%) after smoking and tragically and unnecessarily Radon kills over 3200 Canadians every year.
How do I know if I have elevated Radon levels? Should my home, school, workplace, etc. be tested?
Yes, if a building is occupied for more that 4 hours a day it is considered occupied and the only way to know if you have elevated Radon levels is to test for it. There are different ways to test from inexpensive single use dosimeters (short and long term) to commercial grade continuous radon monitors (CRM’s). Go To Radon Solutions can advise you on what is required for all types of buildings and can perform these tests for you or supply the equipment required if you want to do it yourself. Please visit our testing page for more information. The tests are very inexpensive.
Where can I get more information?
There is a lot of information on the internet available, please note that most of it is from the US and they use some different terminology, measurement units and have different standards than Canada and other countries. Below are some good Canadian links and videos for further information and feel free to contact us for additional information and a no obligation quote for any testing or mitigation solutions you may have.
Canadian Radon Links:
- University of Calgary Evict Radon Research Program: https://www.evictradon.org
- Health Canada: https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/environmental-workplace-health/reports-publications/radiation/radon-your-home-health-canada-2009.html
- Alberta Lung Association: https://ab.lung.ca/radon
- National Lung Association: https://lung.ca/lung-health/air-quality/indoor-air-quality/radon
- Take Action on Radon: https://takeactiononradon.ca/
- Canadian Nation Radon Proficiency Program (C-NRPP): https://c-nrpp.ca
- Canadian Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists (CARST): https://www.carst.ca
Radon Video Links:
- Evict Radon Dr. Aaron Goodarzi: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_FHDiNG83Q8
- Mike Homes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UnqIPtZt3Go
- Canadian Cancer Society: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6rm9rGxcgFc
- CBC News: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_FHDiNG83Q8
- Global News: https://globalnews.ca/news/4748443/research-suggests-exposure-to-deadly-radon-gas-in-alberta-homes-varies-depending-on-where-you-live/