Radon in your Home
Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas which results from the breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water. According to Health Canada, radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers in Canada. Radon can become a problem when it accumulates to high levels inside a building. Testing for radon is the only way to assess what the level of radon in a building is, including your home.
Testing in a single family dwelling is a relatively simple procedure. You can deploy a radon detector by yourself or Pinchin can assist you with our certified radon measurement professionals who are registered with the Canadian National Radon Proficiency Program (C-NRPP).
Radon concentrations in buildings can vary significantly from hour to hour, day to day, and even more so from season to season. As a result, long-term tests are the best way of estimating the annual average radon concentration in your home. Long-term radon tests range from 91 days to 1 year in length, and are minimally invasive, taking up no more room than a cup of coffee.
|Health Canada recommends that radon testing be conducted during the heating season from approximately October to April for a minimum period of 91 days.|
Pinchin provides both long-term (alpha track detectors) and short-term radon detectors (Electret ion Chambers or E-Perms).
Both are approved measurement devices with the Canadian National Radon Proficiency Program (C-NRPP).
Pinchin strongly recommends following Health Canada's guidance by using long-term detectors to determine the radon concentrations in your home. Both long- and short-term kits are available for purchase.
The purchase of each detector comes with the following:
- Chain of Custody form
- Detector deployment instruction sheet
- Laboratory analysis
- Follow-up result report with recommendations, as required, regarding a time frame for mitigation as per Health Canada’s guideline
- A stamped return envelope
If you are interested in short-term testing for a real estate transaction a minimum of 2 detectors will be required for quality control purposes.
In order to obtain your final test results, testing devices must be returned to Pinchin at the end of the test period.