Radon is a naturally occurring gas produced from the radioactive decay of uranium in rocks and soil. It is colourless, odourless and tasteless. Recent studies have shown that the Western Canadian Prairie provinces are the second most Radon exposed populations on the planet. Radon gas seeps into homes through cracks in walls, floors and foundations and through floor drains and sumps. Houses in cold climates are at particular risk since windows and doors are kept closed for over half the year which allows the Radon gas to accumulate to such dangerous levels.
EFFECTS OF RADON
Radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in Canada, accounting for about 16 percent of cases or 3,300 deaths per year. Radon is a Class 1 carcinogen meaning a directly link to cancer has been established by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). Lung cancer is caused through prolonged exposure to high levels of radon gas. A 2009-11 national study of 14,000 homes showed more than 1,500 had unacceptable levels.
Radon mitigation is the process of lowering your indoor Radon levels through installing a radon mitigation system also referred to as a Active Soil Depressurization system. These systems are designed to draw the Radon gas from beneath your home and vent it out of your home. The process generally takes 1 day and we are successful in decreasing Radon levels to as low as realistically achievable (usually more than 95%), all while providing you with the best customer service in the industry!