It’s so surprising. We’ve lived in our home for almost 40 years and we didn’t know all that time that it had high levels of radon, – Terry Marshall, Revelstoke, British Columbia
Testing for radon is simple to do and should be done in every home, in every community across Canada, regardless of whether your community is known to have high radon levels.
- Radon is the #1 cause of lung cancer for non-smokers.
- Radon levels can vary widely from one home to another, even on the same street.
- With no smell, no colour and no taste the only way to know how much radon is in your home is to test for it.
- Health Canada stresses the importance of having every homeowner test their home, regardless of whether your community is known to have high radon levels.
The only way to know is to test! Test your home for radon!
- Pick a good location for the test.
- Leave the test in place for 91 days or more.
- Return the test to the lab and wait for your radon test report.
- If your radon level is high, take action to reduce it!
- Not all radon test kits are created equal – purchase an approved* radon test kit online today.
- When you purchase a radon test kit, make sure it is a long-term test kit (3 + months) that has been approved by C-NRPP*.
- Once you receive your kit, be sure to follow the instructions carefully.
- Order your radon test kit online for convenient delivery to your home from one of these cross-Canada online retailers.
- You can also hire a professional to provide and place the test for you.
If your home tests high, a certified* radon mitigation professional can install a radon mitigation system to reduce your radon levels.
The best time to conduct your radon test is during the heating season. Radon levels vary from day to day and from season to season, and the highest radon levels are generally found during the winter when our homes are sealed more tightly than during the summer months.
- During winter indoor air is warmer than the surrounding soil, which tends to pull more radon gas inside.
- During the summer, open windows provide good ventilation and will often reduce the radon levels inside a home.
For these reasons, it’s best to test for 91 days during the heating season to get the best picture of the radon levels inside your home.
* Approved/certified by the Canadian National Radon Proficiency Program (C-NRPP), a Canadian radon certification program operated by the Canadian Association of Radon Scientists & Technologists (CARST) with oversight by Health Canada.
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