Radon testing in Calgary should be done by everyone living in a home, old or new. Although the fix is relatively easy to implement, the consequences for overexposure are still quite dangerous. We provide long-term testing kits for your peace of mind.
Radon is a radioactive gas created from the decay of uranium minerals present in rock, soil and water. You cannot taste, smell or see radon. It will get trapped in buildings like homes, schools and workplaces due to their design and construction. Radon is one of the most significant environmental health risks today and can be found throughout Alberta and surrounding regions.
Every home and building in Canada is at some risk of Radon exposure. The concentrations of this deadly gas will vary by location, but it is important to test them all, as there is no other way to detect it. As the effects of radon exposure are not immediately noticeable, Calgary radon testing is even more important to prevent overexposure.
We provide you with a DIY long-term testing kit, referred to as an “Alpha Track Detector”. Alpha radiation left by radon will appear on these kits over the course of the 90-day testing period, which will then be returned to a laboratory for testing and analysis. The specific testing kit we use is called the Radtrak2 Long Term Tester, and is the ideal choice for homeowners.
The Canadian guideline for radon in indoor air for dwellings is 200 Becquerels per cubic metre (200 Bq/m3). A Becquerel is a unit that measures the emission of radiation per second. The radon level in a dwelling should not be above the guideline. The recommendation from Health Canada regarding radon mitigation is to hire a qualified professional. They should be certified under the Canadian National Radon Proficiency Program (C-NRPP). The average cost for mitigation is between $2000-$4000.
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Typically, radon testing should occur in the lowest part of your home, like the basement or ground floor.
It is estimated that 1 in 10 Canadian homes have higher concentrations of radon than the guidelines allow.