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Radon gas is formed by the natural breakdown of radium, a by-product of the decay of uranium found in soil, rock and water. You cannot see, smell or taste radon but it is the second leading cause of cancer in North America . The EPA reports that over 20,000 deaths per year are attributed to radon exposure. One in a thousand houses in Canada have high levels of radon and need to be addressed immediately. The only way to find out what the levels of radon are in your home is to have a professional test for it. Low readings at a neighbours' house does not mean that you are safe.

There are two ways to be exposed to radon-inhalation and ingestion. Radon comes into your home from the surrounding soil and enters through cracks and gaps in the foundation, pipes, sumps, drains, walls etc. Ground water can also pick up radon, bring it into your home, and be released through the shower, washer, dishwasher and faucet. Radon enters the home by this means more so in private well systems. Radon naturally breaks down and produces radon daughters (progeny), which can be inhaled deep into the lungs.

Effects experienced from some building materials are most prevalent during and shortly after the application or use of the product, although these effects can linger much longer than that, sometimes many years. 
  • As the radon daughters decay, they damage lung tissue which can lead to lung cancer
  • Effects are not immediately evident and can take many years to onset
  • Risk of developing lung cancer from radon increases if you are a smoker
  • Progeny break down to produce alpha particles which result in lung cell death or damage

Things you can do around the home yourself to limit your exposure to radon are:

  • Seal all cracks in the foundation, along basement walls, floors and mouldings
  • Ventilate properly by opening windows or installing a Heat Recovery Ventilator
  • Cover all crawl spaces with a polyethelene sheet and seal
  • Seal and vent sump pump areas and / or cold cellars
  • Install a combustion-air duct to ensure the home is never under negative pressure
  • Depressurize soil around your home
  • Remove radon from well water
If you are concerned that you may live in an area with a radon problem, call Home Heroes today and have a professional test the air that your family breathes.
 
 
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