How Do I Test For Radon?
Radon testing is simple and can be completed by the homeowner. A number of testing options exist but generally fall into two main categories for consumer grade devices, Alpha Track Tests and Digital Monitors.
Alpha Track Tests:
Typically the most affordable of home testing options. These black hockey-puck like devices are single use monitors left in a single deployment location for the duration of the measurement. Once the measurement has been completed they are shipped to the manufacturer labratory for analysis. Once analyzed a PDF report is generated and provided by email with one number, the average radon concentration determined by the whole of the measurement period.
Pros: Cost-effective, Easy to use, Accurate, Health Canada recognized device
Cons: Single-use, Unable to compare usage patterns (when radon peaks or dips due to weather or other conditions), Cannot be moved to other locations, Must send to laboratory for analysis
Also known as Continuous Radon Monitors (CRM), these devices may have an LCD display or connect via bluetooth to provide radon concentration snapshots or cumulative readings. They are reusable, repositionable - either in the same home for diagnostic purposes, or, in other properties - and may have other built in features such as humidity monitoring, temperature, VOC and barometric pressure. Some models provide graphing for comparisons to weather patterns and home usage. Readings provided in as little as 10 minutes (*although we do not recommend basing mitigation decisions on so short a measurement - keep reading on our page for more info!) with updated weekly and long term averages provided to owner's device.
Pros: Easy to use, Accurate, Repositionable for diagnostics, No laboratory analysis required
Cons: Slightly more expensive, Not yet recognized by Health Canada as consumer grade monitors cannot be calibrated
Note: Not all radon tests are created equal! If purchasing a test, ensure that it is from a reputable manufacturer, stored in proper conditions to maintain integrity of test and that there are no hidden costs such as laboratory analysis fees.
What is Radon?
Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer following smoking. It is undetectable by sight or smell and causes between 10,000 - 40,000 cases of lung cancer per decade in Canada alone. It is a serious health risk and it is entirely preventable.
You can reduce your chances of developing lung cancer by testing your home for radon gas. We understand. You may think the prospect of a radioactive gas existing beneath and inside of your home to sound ridiculous. This isn't a science fiction after all, this is Alberta. Radon is in actuality a very natural and common occurence, owing itself to geology and the concentration of another main character in science fiction, uranium.
- Radon Tests Should Be Health Canada Approved
- Test Over A Range Of Weather and Seasonal Conditions
- Place Test In Regular Breathing Space
- Repeat Every 5 Years Or After Major Renovations
You don't need a radon professional to test your home. As long as the test you've selected is accurate, properly quality controlled, deployed in an approved location and obtains includes data from a wide range of weather and seasonal conditions you can be confident in the results.
What Levels Call For Mitigation?
Current Health Canada guidelines suggest mitigation action for homes determined as over 200 Bq/m3 within 2 years. For homes determined as in excess of 600 Bq/m3 that timeline increases to 1 year.
Third Party Laboratory Analysis
Our radon tests are analyzed by a third-party laboratory to ensure no bias exists in interpretation.
Simple and Affordable
Radon testing is simple and easy to do! If you have questions about how to use a device or where to place it your personal RadonCare techs are waiting to offer their advice.