If you have never heard of Radon, you might want to read this blog.
Radon what is it?
When uranium in soil breaks down it creates a radioactive gas called Radon. The problem is it is invisible, odourless and tasteless. The danger is when the levels of radon get too high and in some basements, the radon can accumulate to high levels.
What is a high level?
In Canada, Health Canada says the level should be below 200 Becquerels per cubic metre (200 Bq/m3). The world health organization says it should be below 100 Becquerels per cubic metre (100 Bq/m3). The lower the better.
Why should I be worried?
Radon can cause lung cancer. In Canada, it is the number 2 cause (number one if you aren't a smoker or around secondhand smoke) of lung cancer. The radon (radioactive) particles get caught in your lung tissue and when they break down they can cause damage to your lung and can turn into cancer.
How do I know what my level is?
You can get radon testers, either a test kit or buy an electronic tester. You will want to test the rate over the long term. The government says if your rate is between 200-600 Bq/m3 you should have it fixed over the next two years and if it is over 600 Bq/m3 you should have it fixed within the year.
How do I go about fixing the issue?
You can hire professional radon remediation companies who will come out and drill a hole in your basement and vent out the radon outside your house.
If you want to know more about radon or hear about my story (I had radon on my house) please feel free to call or email me.