When you moved into a new home, think back to what some of your most pressing concerns were. You considered whether or not your new kitchen or bathroom needs some work, and you contemplate renovating a few rooms to your liking. You may even get an energy audit done, and once you have all of your new furniture and everything is set up to your liking, you take a step back, very pleased with how everything turned out.
However, something very crucial is missing, and that something is a radon inspection.
The chances are that you haven’t heard of radon, and the thought of getting a radon test for your property hasn’t crossed your mind even once.
It is a radioactive gas that is odourless, tasteless and colourless that occurs as a result of uranium breaking down in rock, soil, and even water. It seeps into your home, and you may never know it’s there, until one day one of your family members falls ill, and may even be diagnosed with lung cancer.
It is your job to protect your loved ones, and these are a few considerations that you should be mindful of.
Are you at risk of radon?
Radon enters your home through cracks and crevices. The only way to truly know whether or not you are at risk is to get your property tested for it.
However, there are some communities that are far more at risk than others. This includes rural areas in Calgary, and Western Canada is, in general, more at risk of radon forming within the home. That is not to say that you shouldn’t test your home simply due to the fact that you live in a city.
See a health care professional
Imagine waking up one day to find out that you are diagnosed with lung cancer. This is surely many people’s worst nightmare, and this is exactly what happened to a woman had to undergo surgery as a result of her lung cancer diagnosis.
A breathing complaint led to a discovery that she had cancer, and yet another discovery that there was a high radon leak within the home. This woman has since urged others to check their home for radon.
Some symptoms you can experience as a result of radon in your home may include:
- Constant coughing (with blood as well)
- Chest pain
- Constant fatigue
The type of action that you take must be two-fold. You have to visit a healthcare professional, and do so regularly in order to ensure that nothing is amiss, and of course, you have to protect your home.
Protect your home
Protecting your home will require testing and a series of mitigation steps that are handled by professionals who are knowledgeable about the technical skills required.
We recommend to use a radon detector within your home for a minimum of 90 days in order to collect data on your air quality. Depending on the results, you will be required to take additional preventative measures.
Results on your air quality that come back anywhere close to or higher than 200 Bq/m3 will require radon mitigation.
- Radon Mitigation
A combination of solutions will need to be brought forward, from installing a specialised fan and ventilation system, to setting up a low-pressure system under your basement slab.
Spread the word
Spread the word about radon to your friends, coworkers, and family. The more people know, the more you can decrease the likelihood that this will affect others in the future.
Now that you are more knowledgeable about radon than you were before you first read the article, your next step is to book a consultation with a group of certified experts that know how to properly assess your property for radon. It is always in your best interest to protect your family’s health in every way that you can.