This Version Posted: November 5, 2020
Put Your Home to the Test
Radon is an invisible, colourless, odourless gas. It occurs naturally when uranium breaks down in soil and rock. When radon is released from the ground into outside air, it’s diluted and not a concern. But in enclosed spaces like homes, radon can reach high levels that pose a health risk to people.
In fact, radon is the leading cause of lung cancer for non-smokers in Canada!
How does Radon Enter a Home?
Radon can come out of the soil and water and seep into cracks, openings and gaps in your home. This is especially true on lower floors, basements or crawl spaces. All homes have some level of radon in them, but it’s essential to know how much.
Time to Test
Testing your home for levels of radon gas is recommended, especially during winter months when you spend more time indoors. In Canada, there are guidelines for the amount of radon in indoor air. If the radon levels in your home are higher than they should be, you need to act. The higher the level of radon, the sooner it needs to be fixed!
How to Test for Radon?
There are two ways to test a home for radon:
- Purchase a do-it-yourself radon test kit (available at most hardware stores). Be sure to follow instructions for setting up the test.
- Hire a certified, radon-measurement professional.
Based on results, you can decide the best, most cost-effective way to reduce radon levels in your home.