We attended a seminar late last week that was completely about radon gas and what WE and YOU need to know. It was very enlightening.

What we learned:

  1. Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas released when uranium in soil and/or rock breaks down. Radon is invisible, odourless and tasteless. Radon does not tend to be a health issue outdoors, as atmospheric mixing dilutes the gas to low concentrations. However, in a confined space – like a basement – radon can accumulate to high levels, which can present a health risk.
  2. Most homes in Ontario have radon gas levels that are acceptable and not a danger.
  3. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer next to smoking.
  4. If you don’t want to hire a professional company to do the testing you can do the testing effectively yourself.
  5. Be PROACTIVE! Everyone should do a personal radon test in their home in order to have proof that there are no unacceptable levels of gas. This protects yourself and your investment when it comes time to sell.
  6. Make sure you do the 3 month testing period! False positives are known to happen so a 3 month testing period ensures you get an active reading. Also, the 3 month test will provide you with proof of the results so you can keep them on file for when you need to sell your home.
  7. If you do the test yourself you will send it in to be read, you will then receive a report stating what the results are. These will constitute as proof of your readings.
  8. For a Do It Yourself kit call here to purchase a kit from Ottawa Public Health, 613-580-6744.
  9. Test the lowest level of your home where you spend the most time. For example a lower level family room is a better spot to test than a basement storage room.
  10. For a list of companies that do radon testing, visit the Canadian National Radon Proficiency Program (C-NRPP) or call 1-855-722-6777.
  11. Once you do a test, those results will be the same forever…unless you do a foundation renovation or an addition.
  12. If you bought a new home, and are still within the 7 year Tarion Warranty, the remediation of unacceptable levels of radon gas will be covered by this warranty.
  13. Typical remediation costs for those not covered are between $600 and $3,000.

If you have any questions at all or if anything needs clarification please feel free to contact us at 613-592-6400 or Carole@EvansTeamOttawa.com