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What is Radon Gas and why is it in your Oakville basement?

Radon Gas

Is there Radon in your Oakville Basement?

Radon Gas?   In the midst of bidding wars and the heated spring home market of 2017, besides forgoing  building inspections and mortgage clauses, did any one mention residential Radon?

What is Radon?

Radon is a radioactive gas that is colourless, odourless and tasteless. It is formed by the breakdown of uranium, a natural radioactive material found in soil, rock and groundwater. When its diluted in the air, due to low concentrations, its not a concern. However in a home it can build up significantly in basement spaces. Yes, the same basement spaces in which we  build our home theatres, our man caves, and let our children play and sleep.

According to Health Canada

According to Health Canada, 16% of lung cancer deaths are caused by Radon exposure. The Canadian Radon Guideline from Health Canada recommends the level of radon in the air of a home be no more than 200 Becquerels per cubic metre (Bq/m3) per year. The United States Environmental Protection Agency recommends 150 Bq/m3 andthe World Health Organization recommends 100 Bq/m3.

Is your home at risk?

In Southern Ontario, we have areas that are Zone high, with potentially 5% of Halton region homes being over the guidelines.  So lets test, and mitigate if needed.  Especially if your spending hrs in your beautifully finished basement.

Test and mitigate

There are short term and long term tests available. From 2 days to 90 days. With the longer term tests being more accurate.

If you find yourself over health Canada guidelines of 200 Becquerels per cubic metre (Bq/m3) per year, lets mitigate. The most popular method being sub-slab depressurization. where a small opening in cored through the foundation.  A pipe is installed, and an inline fan draws the gas outside. It makes a significant difference.  Pricing for mitigate varies of course, but seems to be in the <$2000 CND range.

Call to Action

So friends, peace of mind is so important. I know that I’ll be testing my Oakville home.  & As a  note,  if your home was recently built, your Tarion Warranty now covers Radon Mitigation for a full 7yrs.

 

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