Certified Radon Testing Services
Radon gas is a tasteless, odourless, cancer-causing gas that can only be identified by a Radon Test. Radon is everywhere, and is especially more dominant within the Canadian Shield due to the surplus of rock and minerals that make up the terrain. While it is highest in the provinces of Manitoba and Saskatchewan, radon is present in all homes over the country.
Stay safe and get peace of mind for you and your family with a Certified Radon Gas Test.
What is Radon Gas and Where Does It Come From?
Radon gas is produced naturally when uranium in the earth’s rock and soil breaks down. It is impossible to detect without proper testing and equipment, and it can cause serious health risks if not treated professionally.
Radon can enter your home in several ways, with the most common areas of concern being sump pump pits, wall to floor joints, cracks in your home’s foundation, windows, well systems, and fittings such as plug sockets. Radon is found in smaller, cramped spaces where it is hard to leave, such as basements, small rooms and bedrooms, and crawlspaces.
Why is Radon Gas Bad?
Radon gas is radioactive, as such, prolonged exposure can lead to several health risks, with the greatest one being lung cancer.
Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in Canadian smokers, and the first leading cause in Canadian non-smokers. So it’s more important than ever to protect you and your family by mitigating radon gas in your home. One way to do this is by booking a radon test with our certified professionals.
When Should You Test for Radon in Your Home?
With the risks of radon in mind, and without knowing if or for how long you or your family could’ve been exposed, the best and safest moment to test your home for radon is now!
How Can You Mitigate Radon Gas In Your Home?
Not all homes In Ottawa have concerning levels of radon, but it’s not uncommon for a household to test levels that are higher than the amount deemed safe by Health Canada.
Thankfully, it’s easy to mitigate radon gas in your home. To help lower your risk of health problems resulting from exposure to radon gas, you can test your home’s radon levels and seal any entry points where the levels are highest. This would mean sealing floor and wall cracks, window joints, sump pump pits and open sockets. This method limits how much radon gas comes into your home, but does not stop it completely.
The best possible way to protect yourself and your family from the effects of radon gas is to have a professional mitigation system installed in your home.
Installing a Mitigation System in Your Home
Radon mitigation systems are ventilating systems that suck out radon gas and expel it outdoors where it can dissipate into the air. These systems are usually placed close to a basement wall and stick into the ground (below your foundation) and suck out the gas from the sub-floor and soil before it enters your home. By creating this vacuum seal, your home is protected far better from the gas than any other technique.
Professional mitigation technicians are certified under the Canadian National Radon Proficiency Program (C-NRPP) and can test and secure your home from radon gas.
Our Out Of This World Home Services team can bring mitigation technology to your home to keep you, your family (and of course, your pets!) safe.
Meet our Radon Expert: Trevor Sisson
Trevor is a licensed plumber, gas technician, and is certified in both radon testing and mitigation. He has been an expert on our team since 2015, and you’ll find hundreds of glowing reviews from his customers online!
Trevor became interested in radon mitigation after learning that his home had very high levels. With the health of his family as his primary concern, he took certification courses to learn everything there was to know on the topic. He is now passionate about educating families about radon, and providing solutions for the issue in homes where levels can pose a threat to the health of the families, like yours, that live there.
As long as the levels in your home are low enough, a little radon is okay. However, with radon being the second leading cause of lung cancer in Canadians who smoke—and astoundingly—the first leading cause of lung cancer in Canadian non-smokers, it’s important to stay safe.
The safe levels of radon in Canada are below 200 becquerels (unit measurement of radioactivity). If the results from a test reveal that radon levels in your home are potentially unsafe, we will provide a free consultation on mitigation options.
Radon can be tested 2 ways: a digital short-term general test that takes 7 days, and a long-term test that takes 3 to 5 months, and includes a lab analysis for a more accurate reading.
Yes, it can make a difference, but you’ll need to get a radon test done first. Once you know where radon levels are the highest in your basement, you can identify and seal floor and wall cracks, window joints, sump pump pits and open sockets, and any other spaces radon might be seeping in from.
The cost of installing a radon mitigation system will vary from home to home. If upon completing a radon test, levels come back above the recommended safety limit, then we will include a free consultation and quote for the installation. If you do choose to go ahead with the mitigation system, the price of the test will be discounted from the installation cost.
Get in touch with our team for a free quote today!
Radon Testing Pricing
Radon can be tested with a digital short-term general test or a long-term test with lab analysis, for a more accurate reading. If the results from a test reveal that radon levels are potentially unsafe, we will provide a free consultation on mitigation options with a certified professional.
Should you proceed with the installation of a system, the cost of the test will be discounted off the work. If we are already at your home performing plumbing work, testing is offered at a reduced rate of only $99.
7-Day Short Term Digital Test
Includes set-up, pick-up & consultation
3-Month Long Term Lab Test
Includes set up, pick-up, lab analysis & consultation
If already doing plumbing work, testing is offered at an add-on rate of $99.00