Testing for radon is simple to do and should be done in every home, in every community across Canada. 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.
Radon causes lung cancer. Test your home for radon!
Health Canada stresses the importance of having every homeowner test their home, regardless of whether your community is known to have high radon levels. Why? Radon levels can vary widely from one home to another, even on the same street.
The only way to know is to test!
You can either test your home yourself (make sure you follow the instructions carefully!) or hire a certified* professional to test your home for you. Simply click on the links below to find a test kit or a radon professional.
Not all radon test kits are created equal. Click here to purchase an approved* radon test kit online today.
Testing involves these simple steps:
- 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!
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. During the winter our homes are sealed more tightly than during the summer months and are 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.
If you’re not sure about testing your home yourself, a certified* radon measurement professional can test your home for radon, making sure it’s done right. Click here to find a measurement professional near you!
If your home tests high, a certified* radon mitigation professional can install a radon mitigation system to reduce your radon levels. A radon mitigation system is a straightforward and effective way to lower the radon level in your home, and most can be installed in only one day! Even homes with very high radon can be reduced to a safe level.
* 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.