Radon is a radioactive gas that is emitted into the air from the breakdown of uranium in the soil. It can seep into your home through windows, pipes, or cracks in the foundation. The gas is tasteless, odourless and colourless, making it difficult to detect. That’s why it’s important to have your home tested for radon—it’s the only way to protect yourself and your loved ones from this toxic and harmful gas. Here are some things you should know about home radon inspections.
What are the Health Risks of Radon Exposure?
Radon exposure is the second leading cause of lung cancer in Canada after smoking. Studies have proven that people living in radon-exposed homes had an increased risk of developing lung cancer. An individual’s chance of developing lung cancer due to radon exposure depends on three factors:
- The level of radon found in the home.
- The duration of the exposure period.
- The individual’s smoking habits (smokers are more at-risk for develop radon related lung cancer than non-smokers).
Canadian Radon Statistics
Between 2009 and 2011, Health Canada conducted surveys in 14000 homes across the country. The information they gathered found that:
- Roughly 7% of Canadian homes have radon levels above the national guideline.
- It is nearly impossible to predict whether a house will have a higher level of radon than another.
- Radon is linked to roughly 16% of lung cancer deaths across the country.
Minimize the Risk of Radon Exposure
Having your home professionally inspected for radon is the best way to prevent the hazardous effects associated with the toxic gas. It is recommended that you have a radon inspection performed before purchasing or selling a home. Having a property inspected for radon before purchase will give you the peace of mind necessary to settle into your new home. Performing a radon inspection before putting your home on the market is a great way to appeal to sceptical buyers. A professional inspection company will be able to detect radon and have the issue solved when necessary. They can also suggest and implement preventative measures to ensure that you don’t encounter radon in the future.
Radon exposure is a serious issue that should be dealt with immediately. Contact us at Pro360 Home Inspection for professional and reliable radon inspection and removal services.