Monday, December 9, 2013
The Silent Killer: Radon
You Might Be Surprised That Radon Is The Second Leading Cause of Cancer
By Howard Walsh | Windsor Home Inspections
Radon is a colourless, tasteless and odourless gas that can seep undetected into your home and emit ionizing radiation which can cause lung cancer. Protect your family by testing your home for radon.
What Is Radon?
Radon is a radioactive gas found naturally in the environment. It is produced naturally by the breakdown of uranium in the soil, rock and water. As a gas, radon can move freely through the soil enabling it to escape to the atmosphere or seep into buildings. Since radon can't be seen, smelled, or tasted, it can get into your home undetected.
In outdoor air, radon is diluted to such low concentrations that it is not a concern. But in confined spaces like your house, radon can build up to high levels and pose a health risk. Radon levels are generally highest in basements and crawl spaces because these areas are nearest to the source and are usually poorly ventilated.
Why You Should Have Your Home Tested?
The international Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classifies radon as a carcinogen. Inhaling radon gas increases the risk of lung cancer, especially in cigarette smokers. Recent studies have provided strong evidence for the link between radon exposure in the home and lung cancer.
Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers and the seond-leading cause of cancer in smokers.
Not everyone exposed to radon develops cancer. Your risk of developing lung cancer from radon depends on the concentration of radon in the air you breathe and the length of time you are exposed. If you are a smoker also exposed to elevated levels of radon, your risk of lung cancer increases significantly.
Testing For Radon
Almost every home in Canada has some level of radon. But the levels vary from one house to another, even if they are next door to each other. The only way to know if you have a radon problem in your home is to have it tested. The test is simple and inexpensive.
The best time of year to test for radon is during the winter months when the windows and doors are normally kept closed and radon levels are at their highest.
For residents of Windsor, Ontario, Seacliff Inspections makes it easy and convenient to have your home tested for radon. Simply call us for an appointment to perform a long term test over the next 3 to 6 months. We will review the best location in your home for testing, install and pick up the test canisters as required after the recommended exposure time, and send them to the lab for analysis. Seacliff Inspections will then review the lab results with you so you clearly understand whether a radon problem exists or does not exist in your home, and what steps should be taken if a problem does exist.
For more information Radon, or to review our many other services, please visit our website.
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