Radon Testing

Although radon gas is not an uncommon occurrence in a residential home, there are definitely occasions when radon levels are found to be higher than the acceptable limit defined by Health Canada. 

radon gas removal ontarioTypically, radon gas can enter a home at any point where there’s contact with ground soil. That would include cracks in a foundation floor; walls that are directly connected to soil; even gaps and openings that are around plumbing pipes. In many basements, an exposed floor drain or sump pump assembly can easily be a point of entry for radon gas. The big problem is over the long term, when radon gas exposure can potentially contribute to adverse health issues.

Properly Testing for Radon

barrier sciences group ontario radon professionalsRadon levels can actually fluctuate (even day to day), so it’s recommended that testing be done over a long term. In most cases, radon testing can be undertaken in one room, although in homes that are bigger, testing in two different areas may be preferential. Many professionals suggest that radon levels be measured before a home renovation, in the event that preventive measures can be built into the retrofitting plans. Most important, however, is to have the testing performed by a certified professional. This will ensure that testing is reliable, and results are easy to grasp. Professional assessment also allows for viable remedies to be recommended for implementation.

While radon is categorized as a radioactive gas, it’s not possible to see, smell, or taste anything. Clearly this can make testing difficult. On average, except for specific outbreaks, approximately 7% of Canadian homes have levels of radon gas that are considered high. And although a home testing kit may be an available option from the local home centre, the best way to test for radon is by contracting a certified professional. The point is, radon testing should be done right from the start, with accurate reporting, and a professional interpretation of the test results. In this way, an effective remedy can be recommended to the homeowner, and implemented to solve the issue.

Radon in Residential Homes

radon gas home entry areas ontarioIn new homes, Canada’s National Building Code requires various safeguarding measures when it comes to radon gas mitigation. In fact, every new home must be formally tested for radon levels. Whether it’s a new home or not, mitigation measures would almost always include air sealing of the building envelope, and proper ventilation to reduce radon concentrations in the air. In certain situations, there may also be a need to actually remove radon from below the building structure. In terms of air sealing, particularly in a basement foundation, spray foam has proven to be very effective as a continuous air barrier that effectively defends against radon gas (and other gases).

The professionals at Barrier Sciences Group specialize in residential radon testing. Beyond the testing, BSG experts can provide cost effective solutions to resolve the problem. For more information, or to arrange for an onsite inspection, call Barrier Sciences Group toll free at 1-866-333-3920 or visit the BSG website at www.barriersciences.com .

The Canada Greener Homes Grant offers home efficiency renovation grants up to $5,000.

Homeowners Canada-wide are eligible for the Canada Greener Homes Grant, announced on May 27, 2021. This new incentive offers up to $5,000 in grants for home efficiency retrofit renovations, plus a $600 reimbursement for pre- and post-work EnerGuide evaluations. Eligible retrofit scopes include home insulation, heating, doors, windows, photovoltaic solar panels, resiliency measures, and thermostats.

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