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.
Before winter hits, there are a few things you need to do around the house before it gets too cold.
Here is my list of maintenance that you might want to do as well.
1 - Turn off the faucets/Taps on the outside of the house. The water in the taps on the outside of the house can freeze and cause the pipe to break. This would cause a big leak and definitely not what you want to be dealing with when it's -10 degrees outside.
2 - Weather stripping around doors and windows. Checking and replacing the worn-out weather stripping will save you energy and keep your house warm during the winter.
3 - Check smoke detectors. Most people check their smoke detectors a few times a year. If you haven't checked them in a while I would recommend checking them now.
4 - Clean your self-cleaning oven. I have a self-cleaning oven and when it cleans, the air quality in the house is not that great, so I would recommend cleaning your stove before it gets too cold, so you can open up the windows and air the room out.
5 - Change the furnace filter. This is very important to do before you start using your furnace for the winter. You want a clean filter so the furnace gets enough air to it and to help the air quality in your home.
6 - Clean coils on your fridge - The coils at the back of your fridge get very dusty throughout the year and taking a vacuum to it will help the fridge work more efficiently.
7 - Clean and WETT inspect your fireplace. WETT stands for (Wood Energy Technology Transfer). The inspector will make sure your fireplace it in good condition (now cracks..etc) and ready for you to burn wood throughout the winter.
Doing a few things around the house will make your winter a lot easier.