Radon- Is a gas formed by the breakdown of uranium , a natural radioactive material found in soil & rock .
Long Term exposure to radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer after after smoking and the leading cause of lung cancer for people who had never smoked , according to Health Canada booklet titled , Radon -Reduction Guide for Canadians
I have spoke about Radon Testing in a previous blog . The more I dig into this the more we in Alberta should be doing Radon testing in our homes no matter what the age . The most recent addition to the Building Code has the rough-in for a Radon Mitigation system as mandatory.
If you are like me and spend a lot of time in the lower levels of our homes ( basement ) as this is where I spend most of my day ( in my office ) I thought it is a good reason to get it tested , so I got as much info as I could and now have a digital Radon Detector sitting on the edge of my desk and the cost was $250 .00 inc. postage
I recently Sold a Home in the Inner City Calgary that had a Radon Mitigation System installed. It as quite the conversation piece with Buyers & Realtors previous to the home being sold .
The public should have more education about Radon as well as the numbers of their homes readily available if the are going to Sell their home , if it has not been completed you may see in the not so distant future if a test has not been completed by the Sellers a hold back of the cost of a mitigation system may be in place until the home has been tested, to determine if a system is needed or not .
If you are looking for some more info on Radon Testing there are a few reputable companies out there that have the necessary certification one is Radon Controls Inc . Both Pat & Len are NRPP certified their website is www.radoncontrols.com or w- 403-475-0303
Until next time … Be safe ..Get Tested !