Radon Testing

radon testing in Ottawa and Montreal
Ottawa & Montreal

Radon problems are often overlooked because radon is a colourless and odourless gas that is undetectable without proper testing.

At Mold Busters, our clients receive professional and affordable radon testing in Ottawa and the very same reliable radon testing in Montreal–it’s been this way for nearly 10 years.

Research has shown that exposure to radon, particularly to high concentrations over long periods of time, increases risk of lung cancer.

According to Health Canada, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking and accounts for 16% of lung cancer deaths—that’s 3,200 Canadian deaths per year due to radon exposure.

One of the greatest dangers of radon exposure lies in the fact that the effects are not immediate. Short-term or occasional exposure to radon does not produce any notable symptoms, such as skin irritation or coughing. It’s only after long-term exposure to radon that people find out that their health has deteriorated.

That’s why getting your home tested for radon is so important. So book your radon test today!

Why Test Your Home for Radon
Why Test Your Home for Radon

What is radon?

Radon is a radioactive gas that occurs naturally in the environment as a result of the breakdown of uranium in soil, rocks and water. In fact, ground water is the perfect carrier for radon, seeping into homes through basements (via cracks in walls and floors, sumps, drains, etc.).

Indoor radon levels fluctuate with the seasons. Generally, radon concentrations are higher in the winter than in the summer, and higher at night than during the day. This is because energy conservation methods, such as the closing of doors and windows at night, prevent proper air exchange and air circulation, allowing radon to build up.

A radon test should be taken in the lowest level of your home

In general, radon testing is conducted in the lowest living space of your home (typically the basement, but not always), so that a realistic assessment of radon levels can be achieved. This is because radon originates from the ground and makes its way into homes through water and cracks in the foundation.

In addition, because basements are not as well ventilated as other rooms in a home, they are more vulnerable to high levels of radon.

If you spend a lot of time in your basement, family room or den, you should seriously consider a fast, simple and inexpensive radon test. Should the results show elevated levels of radon in your home, radon reduction measures can be implemented to prevent radon gas from entering a building and to allow it to vent into the outdoor environment. A proper study of a building’s construction is important in choosing the most effective radon reduction method.

Both homeowners and buyers should make radon testing a priority to ensure that their homes are safe for occupancy. Contact Mold Busters and see how we can help with your radon testing in Ottawa or radon testing in Montreal today!