Radon is a carcinogenic gas that is hazardous to inhale. In the open air, the amount of radon gas is very small and does not pose a health risk.
However, in some confined spaces – like basements and crawlspaces– radon can accumulate to relatively high levels and become a health hazard. Build-up of radon in homes is a health concern, and many lung cancer cases each year are attributed to radon exposure. About 12% of lung cancer cases are blamed on radon, resulting in an annual death toll of more than 25,000 in North America.
Dangerous levels of radon have been detected in homes in all regions of the country; in some parts of Southern B.C., as many as 10 % of the homes tested have unsafe amounts of radon gas.
Clarion Home Inspections recommends that all home purchases should include a radon test before the home is occuppied . We make sure to inform our clients about the potential dangers of radon gas and can test the home as part of a home inspection. For most people, the peace of mind they get from knowing their new home is safe is well worth the small amount of added expense.
Testing is the only way to determine a home's radon levels. A Clarion Home Inspector can begin testing at the time of a inspection and have the results processed within 5 days.