RADON TESTING FOR HOME AND COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS IN KELOWNA, VERNON, PENTICTON & KAMLOOPS
Assure Property Solutions Inc. provides 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 are a known cause of cancer.
Why Test Radon Levels?
Radon is the #1 cause of lung Cancer after smoking. Radon causes between 3–14% of all lung malignancies and cancer. As a gas, Radon can move freely through the soil enabling it to escape to the atmosphere or seep into buildings.
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! That’s why it is recommended that every building goes through residential or commercial radon testing. Health Canada recommends that only long-term Radon test(s) of at least 90 days be used. Shorter term tests are not nearly as accurate.
Canadians are Living and working in homes and buildings with Radon Levels
ABOVE the Canadian Guidelines of 200 Becquerels per cubic metre (Bq/m3)
Not everyone is a radon professional and/or knows how to setup and run a radon test within the Canadian guidelines and parameters. To fill this knowledge gap, Assure Property Solutions has radon experts who perform Home Radon Test with best-in-class Radon Detection System.
Areas where we offer our services
Radon Inspection in Kelowna
Radon Inspection in Penticton
Radon Inspection in Vernon
Radon Inspection in Kamloops
Radon Inspection in Grand forks
And all across Southern BC
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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.