Radon is a radioactive gas that is formed naturally by the breakdown of uranium in soil, rock & water. As a gas, radon is slowly released from the ground, water, and some building materials that contain minuscule amounts of uranium. Radon gas breaks down further to form additional radioactive particles called radon daughters, or “progeny’ that can be breathed into the lungs. Radon cannot be detected by the sense (it is colourless, odorless and tasteless) however it can be detected with special instruments. When radon is released from the ground outside it is mixed with fresh air and gets diluted resulting in concentrations too low to be of concern. However, when radon enters an enclosed space, such as a house or basement, it can accumulate to high concentrations and become a health risk.
Radon gas can move through small spaces in the soil and rock on which a house is built. It can enter a home through dirt floors, cracks in concrete, sumps, joints, basement drains, etc. Each part of your house will have a different radon level as some areas have easier entrance ways for radon gas to enter. The soil and rocks in Windsor-Essex County contain a high degree of radon gas.
When you breathe radon gas, some of the particles can settle into your lung tissues and begin to decay. As the radon particles decay they release bursts of energy that can damage the lung tissue cells. Over time, the cell damage can lead to the development of lung cancer. The Canadian guideline for the average annual radon concentration in the normal occupancy area should not exceed 200 Becquerel’s per cubic meter before remedial measure must be taken.
Health Canada warns that radon is the 2nd leading cause of lung cancer, after smoking. If you are a smoker, you are more at risk of health complications when you are exposed to higher levels of radon. An average of 16% of lung cancer deaths is attributed to radon exposure.
The only way to know if your home has a high level of radon is to test it. Everyone should have his or her home tested! Our team of certified radon professionals will come to your home and install a radon detector either on a short-term or long-term basis and analyzes the results.
Contact us at Supreme Restoration Service at 1-877-987-7363 today! Don’t wait! Make your home a healthier and safer environment!