Looking to see if your home has radon in it? Our Radon Testing and Inspection service will help put your mind at ease by confirming that your family is safe from this harmful environmental factor.
Radon is a radioactive gas that occurs naturally when the uranium in soil and rock breaks down. It is invisible, odourless and tasteless. When radon is released from the ground into the outdoor air, it is diluted and is not a concern. However, in enclosed spaces, like homes, it can sometimes accumulate to high levels, which can be a risk to the health of you and your family. (Source: Health Canada)
Radon gas breaks down or decays to form radioactive elements that can be inhaled into the lungs. In the lungs, decay continues, 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.
All of our samples are collected by our Radon Testing Professionals at RGC Inspections. The typical length of test that we run at RGC Inspections is 3 days. Longer 90 day tests are available upon request, but for the application of most home sales the 3 day test is recommended.
After 3 days we come and pick up the samples and send them to an independent lab for detailed analysis.
After which you will receive a report with the level of Radon in your home. The report will be measured in bq/m3.
The current Canadian guideline for radon in indoor air for dwellings is 200 Becquerels per cubic metre (200 Bq/m3). This was recently reduced from 800 Bq/m3 based on new information about potential health risks. A Becquerel means one radioactive disintegration per second. Individual dwelling owners may wish to reduce radon levels as much as they reasonably can, using methods they find affordable and practical. However, the level in a dwelling should not be above the new guideline.