We provide services for home owners, home builders, realtors and property managers. We offer same day testing as well as long term Radon measurement kits. We specialize in radon mitigation of buildings small and large, private and public and can plan and execute customized solutions to lower indoor radon levels by up to 90% or more.
We are members of the Canadian Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists (CARST) and have a dedicated C-NRPP certified Radon Measurement and Mitigation team serving customers in Alberta and Saskatchewan.
More about our team on about us page.
Don't delay - Winter is the best time for testing!
The best time to get your home tested is right now! Radon levels are typically at their highest levels in the coldest months of the year and a closed home provides the most accurate test results. Testing performed before spring will provide the most accurate picture of your family's radon risk.
Have you tested yet?
According to latest studies, we can expect 24 extra cancer cases per 1000 Canadians based on the average Canadian household radon concentration2.
Now, if 24 out of 1000 sounds like a manageable number to you, here is what you need to know:
• There is a huge range in radon levels across Canadian households.
• Almost no one living low radon houses (at or below 50 Bq/m3) will develop radon induced lung cancer.
• If your home is between 100 Bq/m3 and 300 Bq/m3 you have an above average risk.
• If your home is above 300 Bq/m3 your risk is highly elevated. Most of the radon induced cancer cases are from households like yours. (See information in our FAQ).
It only takes a few minutes to install a affordable test kit to identify if your home puts you and your family at high risk.
What's more, every home can be affordably mitigated, so if the test reveals you are in a high risk home you are only a phone call away from making it safe.
RadonCare is proud to be partnering with the Evict Radon campaign, a world leading radon research group lead by key research scientists from the University of Calgary and across Canada. Together, we are undertaking exciting research which has great potential to significantly impact Canadian radon safety standards and methods.
Mitigation customers of RadonCare have the option of sharing certain de-identified data with the Evict Radon research confederation. The data is collected on broad geographic terms so neither you as a home owner nor your residential address, are identifiable to research partners. Customer participation is strictly optional and inclusion is opt-in only.
Ask our team how about contributing data with the Evict Radon campaign to bolster radon research.
Beware of the short term home test!
Health Canada recommends radon levels be measured over a period of at least 3 months during the heating season to determine the radon risk of a home or building. A recent study by a leading radon research group Dr.Bill Field found false negative rates of short term tests in excess of 17% (meaning the short term test failed to identify a radon problem) as well alarming false positive rates (meaning mitigations would have been recommended where they were not necessary) from short term testing.
The only time RadonCare will recommend short term testing is when it is necessary for timelines associated with real estate transactions - and in those cases we take measures against false negatives, issue a follow up long term test and and back up the test with money back guarantees against mitigation costs for missed radon problems (so we absorb the risk instead of your family).
If you've purchased a short term test (or have been offered one for free) think twice before you put too much confidence in those results!
You’ve tested your home for radon using an accurate Health Canada approved 3 month test. The lab results indicate the exposure level in your home is above Health Canada’s action level (or higher than any level you feel comfortable at). Now what?
Andrew Arshinoff and the RadonCare team take pride in the science of the radon mitigation. RadonCare will earn your business through excellent customer service and exceptional quality. You'll be provided a detailed system engineering report and the installation will be backed up with a 3 year performance warranty fully covering your system including parts and labor. Quotes are all inclusive, so there are no surprises. More about Mitigations by RadonCare
If you identify a radon problem before purchasing a property, the costs for radon mitigation generally are the responsibility of the seller.
Our Real Estate testing program is designed to take the risk out of short term tests. We provide you with a short and long term test. If the short term test fails to identify a radon potential in a property you get credited the cost of the test back when you mitigate.
All real estate testing packages include a 2-7 day radon test using professional grade/tamper resistant equipment, setting up of closed home conditions, a 3 month alpha track test dosimeter (to validate the results of the short term test), a mitigation cost estimate if remediation of the building is required, and a report that outlines the terms your real estate lawyer can use for issuing holdbacks when a potential radon problem is identified.
Lifetime exposure to even a relatively low level of radon of just over 200 Bq/m3 can represent more than a 2% chance of lung cancer. While not all homes may ever be mitigated, children should not be subjected to high levels of radon at childcare.
Alberta Bill 209 (Radon Awareness and Testing Act) is expected to come into effect soon requiring all child care facilities in the province to be tested for radon.
If you are a owner/operator, learn about our testing and mitigation program designed specifically for you. Our program is designed not just to make you
compliant with the law but to make you look good as a facility proactively addressing radon, and to save you money on mitigation should it be required.
* Effective dose values are based on International Commission on Radiological Protection 105 (2010) model for radon dose calculated using biokinetic and dosimetric models (dosimetric approach). Calculations based on 7000 hours per year occupancy (80%).
The danger from radon comes from cumulative exposure, that is exposure over a lifetime. This graph illustrates radiation dose both in terms of a single year of exposure and from exposure over a period of 55 years at various radon concentrations.
Although radiation poisoning is much more pronounced when a person is exposed to high levels of radiation over a short period of time (e.g. Chernobyl workers), lung cancer risk from radon is linearly correlated to cumulative exposure. Living in a house with 2000 Bq/m3 for 55 years yields a higher radiation dose, in terms of cancer risk, than a chernobyl worker exposed fatal radiation poisoning. Even at levels between 200 and 600 Bq/m3 the cumulative exposure over a lifetime is highly significant.
Lifetime Excess Cancer Risk Based on Indoor Air Carcinogens
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Have a strong "basement smell"? Noisy sump pump? Mold?
Certain types of radon mitigation system can be an effective ways to reduce moisture in basements, to help combat mold, mildew and that "basement" smell often associated with older houses and damp basements.
In fact an active soil depressurization system can remove as much as 72 litres of water a day from the soil beneath the basement concrete floor. For comparison, a average dehumidifier removes about 13 litres a day.
The American Environmental Protection Agency of the (EPA) did a study on this called "Exploratory Study of Basement Moisture during Operation of ASD Radon Control Systems" and found radon systems can be effective for this purpose.
In addition, if your home has a sump pump, the sump pump will be sealed off as part of the mitigation process which makes it safer, helps contains odours and reduces noises from pump operation.
Please note that although these types benefits are common in systems we install, we do caution homeowners that a RadonCare radon mitigation system will be engineered for the purpose of radon removal and we do not warrant it for moisture, odour or mildew control. Certain types of radon mitigation solutions are on average more effective for moisture control than others, if this is of concern to you speak to our team about it.
CBC's The National explores the Radon Problem in Canadian houses
Home Test Kits
Purchase a Health Canada and C-NRPP approved home test kit or a digital continuous radon monitor.