RADON TESTING FOR HOME AND COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS IN KELOWNA
We provide affordable radon investigation, radon testing, sampling and reporting. In 2012 Health Canada released a report showing that 6.9 per cent of Canadians are living in homes with radon levels above the current Canadian guidelines of 200 becquerels per cubic metre (Bq/m3).
We offer Radon Testing and Radon Sampling in Revelstoke, Kamloops, Armstrong, Vernon, Kelowna, Penticton, Osoyoos, Grand Forks, Creston and Everywhere in between. Concerned? Call Us Today!
What is Radon Gas? Why is Radon Testing Necessary?
Radon is a radioactive gas present in our homes and buildings. Radon is found naturally in the environment. It is produced by the decay of uranium found in soil, rock or water. Radon has no smell, visual characteristics or taste; therefore, its presence cannot be easily detected.
Radon escapes effectively into the air, where it rots and leads to the creation of more radioactive particles. As we inhale, the particles are stored on the cells covering the airway passages, where they will harm DNA and is a known cause of cancer.
Why Test Radon Levels?
When Radon escapes from the bedrock into the outdoor air, it is diluted to such low concentrations that it poses a negligible threat to health. However, if a building is built over bedrock or soil that contains uranium, Radon gas can be released into the building through cracks in foundation walls and floors, or gaps around pipes and cables; causing significant health risk!
Canadians are Living and working in homes and buildings with Radon Levels
ABOVE the Canadian Guidelines of 200 Becquerels per cubic metre (Bq/m3)
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Do you know the Radon Level in YOUR Home or Building?
As BC Lung Association CEO Scott McDonald said recently, “The problem is too few British Columbians know what Radon is, where it comes from and how to fix a problem in your home if you have one.”
Many British Columbians—and Canadians— haven’t thought about Testing Radon levels in their homes.
But it’s Never Too Late and It’s Easy To Start a Test TODAY!
Some FACTS regarding Radon and Testing
The only known health risk associated with exposure to high levels of radon in indoor air is an increased lifetime risk of developing lung cancer. The risk from radon exposure is long term and depends on the level of radon, how long a person is exposed and their smoking habits. If you are a smoker and are exposed to elevated levels of radon your risk of developing lung cancer increases significantly.
Radon Level in British Columbia
While some areas, like Castlegar and Prince George, are prone to high concentrations of indoor radon, Health Canada emphasizes that NO areas of the country are Radon-free. A 2012 Health Canada study indicates that 6.9 percent of Canadians live in homes with Radon levels above the guideline of 200 Bq./m3, but, “The only way to know if a home has an elevated level of Radon is to TEST, regardless of your location.” SFU Citizens Scientist Project – Canada has an online map illustrating the Relative Radon Hazard across BC above the Health Canada guideline. Radon Potential has been broken down into 3-ZONES:
ZONE 1 – HIGH
ZONE 2 – ELEVATED
ZONE 3 – GUARDED
Even if your home tests below Health Canada’s guideline level, you might want to explore mitigation options. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has a lower guideline of 148 Bq/m3 and the World Health Organization recommends 100 Bq/m3. There is no safe level of Radon exposure, and the risk of lung cancer increases by 16 percent for every 100 Bq/m3 increase in lifetime average Radon concentration.
Governments should also Test Radon levels in public buildings, like schools and hospitals, as recommended in the David Suzuki Foundation’s 2007 report.