The Health Risks of Radon
How many people do you know that have been affected by lung cancer? Their family members, living in the same home may also be at risk.
Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in Nova Scotia. It is estimated that 120 Nova Scotians per year die from radon related lung cancer. Health risk is a combination of radon levels and time of exposure. Smokers have a significantly higher risk of lung cancer when exposed to radon.
Radon & You
A home of any age will have radon, the question is how much? Since your senses cannot detect radon, you may unknowingly be exposed to high radon levels. Radon levels can vary dramatically even between similar homes in the same neighbourhood. Factors affecting the amount of radon are numerous and include, Soil Characteristics: Uranium concentration and permeability – radon will move through sandy soil easier than clay for example. Construction Type: Home footprint and design affect the area of soil contact and the number of radon entry points. Foundation Condition: Foundations with numerous openings and cracks have more potential radon entry points.
Since there is no real predictor of high radon levels, the only way to know is to TEST.
About Advanced Radon Technology
Advanced Radon Technology is an Annapolis Valley C-NRPP certified business that specializes in testing radon gas levels as well as designing and installing radon reduction systems (mitigation). We provide expert consultation to homeowners, building owners and public agencies with regard to testing and reducing radon levels. Continued professional development training is part of C-NRPP recertification. This is to ensure we remain up to date on industry practices and revisions. Our specialists adhere to professional standards and protocols documented in Health Canada’s “Guide for Professional Contractors”.
We recently built a new home and wanted to make sure that we had good air quality. After testing, we were shocked to learn that our radon level was 600 Bq/m3, which is well above Health Canada’s Action Level of 200 Bq/m3. We contacted Advanced Radon Technology and the next day, Geoff Petite, the owner, was at our house and did further testing to confirm that the radon levels were in fact that high. We were very impressed with his professionalism and how quickly and efficiently he worked to mitigate the radon. We were delighted to find that after Geoff installed the system which exhausts radon from the home, radon levels decreased to 27 Bq/m3. We would highly recommend Geoff Petite’s company,Advanced Radon Technology, for testing and mitigation in your home. His expertise provided us with a lot of information about radon, putting our mind at ease so that we can fully enjoy our new home.