We Asked, They Answered - Radon

According to Health Canada, radon levels in 25% of New Brunswick homes are considered unacceptable.
High levels of radon can cause serious health issues and for this reason we have spoke with Jeff LeBlanc,
of Radon Repair Inc.
Jeff is a Radon Measurement and mitigation professional who works in the Moncton region. We wanted
to know more about the radon, it’s effect and how to resolve issues. Jeff provided the answers. If you
want to know more you can contact Jeff via his website Radon Repair Inc or by phone/text @ 506-381-
6422 or toll free: 1-877-RADON86


QUESTION: What is radon?
ANSWER: Radon is a Radioactive gas that is present in all of our homes. Radon is odourless, colourless
and tasteless, for this reason Radon has been called the silent killer.


QUESTION: Where does radon come from?
ANSWER: Radon is a naturally occurring gas that is a by product of the radioactive decay of Uranium.
Uranium is present (in varying amounts) in the Earth’s crust. Approximately 3% of the Earth’s crust is
Uranium.


QUESTION: Are there different type of radon and does it vary around the Moncton region?
ANSWER: This answer is complicated, because yes there are different forms of Radon. As most of us are
not chemists, we can answer that there is one type of Radon for this purpose. As Radon breaks down,
it’s by products are actually what can harm us (Polonium and Bismuth). Enough Science talk!
New Brunswick is said to have the highest Radon levels of all provinces in Canada. Health Canada
determined that NB has 24.8% of homes above the Canadian acceptable levels. Radon levels can very a
great deal with homes on the same street. The geology under our homes will dictate if Radon will be
present or not. Radon does not discriminate, it can be found in new or old homes. Normally, when we
find very high levels of Radon, there will be other homes in the general area with elevated Radon levels.
Real Life example, we found Extremely high levels of Radon in one house (5500 Bq/m3) and the next
door neighbours house had less of 195 Bq/m3. It all depends on the ground beneath the home.


QUESTION: What health effects are associated with radon?
ANSWER: Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers. Radon is said to cause 16% of all lung cancer deaths. There are 3200 deaths of Radon induced lung cancer per year in Canada. Stats provided by Health Canada.

 

QUESTION: Does radon come and go or is it always present?
ANSWER: Radon levels vary from hour to hour but it is always there. Radon levels are always higher in the winter months and at their highest during the night in winter. Indoor Radon levels are typically lower in summer as we are not heating our homes and we open our windows and allow fresh air to mix with the house air.


QUESTION: How do I test for radon?
ANSWER: There are several ways to test your home for Radon. Health Canada recommends a long term Radon test be used in order to base a decision to mitigate a home. Long term tests are for 3 months up to a year. The best time to test your home for Radon is during the heating season. Alpha track long term testing kits are the preferred method to test, used by the Lung Associations of Canada. Home owners can purchase a Do-It Yourself test kit from us or from most hardware stores. There are several other testing devices, charcoal canisters, electret devices as well as high end Continuous Radon Monitors (used for short term testing for real estate transactions). There are Certified Radon Measurement Professionals that can help you with your measurements at C-NRPP www.cnrpp.ca or call us at Radon Repair 1-877-RADON86


QUESTION: Is there anything else helpful to know about radon?
ANSWER: If you have high levels of Radon in your home, there are solutions. If you have tested your home and have found high levels you should contact a Certified Radon Mitigation Professional for their advice. The most effective way of reducing Radon levels in your home is to install an Active Soil Depressurization System (ASD). Costs to install a Radon mitigation system vary form house to house but are normally in the $2500-$3500 price range. You can find a certified Radon Mitigator at C-NRPP www.cnrpp.ca or call us at Radon Repair 1-877-RADON86 or email us at info@radonrepair.ca www.radonrepair.ca
Radon Repair will have a booth at the Greater Moncton Home Show and Jeff will be giving a Radon seminar at the show, March 16-18, 2018. We hope to see you there to answer all of your Radon questions.

Anita Savoie

Anita Savoie

REALTOR®
CENTURY 21 A & T Countryside Realty Inc.
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