Whether you live in an old and drafty home or a new sturdily built home, you run the risk of having radon in your indoor air. If you think you may have high concentrations of radon in your home, call a professional radon mitigation contractor immediately. Accent Plumbing & Heating offers radon mitigation services to the Halifax and Bedford area because we want to help keep you and your family healthy and safe.
What Is Radon?
Radon is a radioactive gas that you cannot see, smell or taste, and it can get into your home undetected. It is the leading cause of lung cancer for non-smokers. When radon escapes from the ground into the outdoor air, it is diluted to low concentrations and is no cause for concern. However, when radon enters an enclosed space, like your home, it can accumulate to high levels and become a health hazard.
How Radon Can Enter Your Home
For most of the year, the air pressure inside your home is lower than the pressure in the soil surrounding your foundation. This difference in pressure can draw air and other gases in the soil, including radon, into the house.
Gas containing radon can enter your home at any opening where the house contacts the soil. These openings can be present even in well-built and new houses.
Potential entry routes for radon in homes with poured concrete foundations include cracks, areas with exposed soil or rocks, openings for utility fixtures or hollow objects such as support posts.
Radon Levels in Nova Scotia
In 2009 Health Canada conducted a two-year study of radon concentrations in homes across Canada. This study found that:
No matter where your home is located, the only way to know if it has a high level of radon is to test. This is especially important in areas like Halifax and Sackville because of the known high levels in homes in nearby Timberlea.
Measuring the Radon Level in Your Home
Short term tests – Lasting from 2 to 7 days are done with charcoal canisters, eletret ion chambers and/or continuous radon monitors and will provide a good indicator of levels of radon in your home at the time of testing. Since radon levels in your home change significantly over time, and can rise and fall from one hour or day to the next, measurements taken over a longer span of time are more accurate.
Long term tests – Lasting from 3 to 12 months are done with alpha track detectors or continuous radon monitors. Health Canada recommends that home owners do a long-term radon test for a minimum of 3 months to determine if a home’s average radon concentration exceeds the Canadian guideline level of 200Bq/m3.
Radon test kits can be purchased via phone, the internet or in person from certified professionals, local community health organizations or home improvement retailers.
Choose a Certified Radon Mitigation Professional
Once your home’s radon level is determined, a certified radon mitigation contractor will ensure your home’s radon level is reduced and your home is a healthier place to live.
Your local certified radon mitigation professional is Accent Plumbing & Heating. We are the perfect choice when you need a radon mitigation contractor because we are/provide: