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Radon Gas Testing : Do It! I did!

You may have seen that there is a push to get Canadians to test their homes for Radon Gas. And for good reason.

Radon Gas is an inert, colourless, odourless, radioactive gas that comes from the ground. I understand that every home and building has some Radon Gas in it.

I decided to test for how much Radon Gas is in my 4-level split style home in St Albert. I ordered the test kit in January 2014, and started the test January 29th, 2014.

The test is best if done for at least 90 days. I tested for 91 days, until May 1st, 2014. I then mailed the testing device back to the company and they emailed me the results.

Very easy and only cost me about $70 all in, including shipping.  (There are several companies in Canada that can send you a test kit)

The results showed that my home had 90 bq/m3 (becerels per cubic meter) of Radon Gas, well below the Canadian limit of 200 bq/m3, and even of the U.S. standard of 150 bq/m3.

The experts do say that all homes are different, and its important to test to know the results for your house. If you have high readings, then there are steps you can complete to reduce the levels in your home.

Here are my results of my Radon Gas test (click to enlarge):

Radon Report - B Officer

 

Here is what Health Canada says about Radon Gas:

Radon is an inert, radioactive gas that comes from the natural breakdown of uranium (radium) in the soil. It is estimated to cause approximately 3,200 deaths each year from lung cancer in Canada, and in fact, is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking.
The concentration of radon in a home is measured in Becquerels per cubic metre (Bq/m3). The higher a home’s radon level, the greater the risk to you and your family.

The Health Canada recommends mitigating homes that test 200Bq/m3 or higher. If your average radon level is less than 200Bq/m3, no action is required. However, radon levels less than 200Bq/m3 can still pose some health risk, and in many cases can be reduced. Reducing your radon levels can be done easily, effectively, and relatively inexpensively. If you smoke, and your home has high radon levels, your risk of lung cancer is even greater. Please refer to the Health Canada’s web site at http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca for further information to assist you in evaluating your results or deciding if further action is needed.

Ben Officer

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