REDMOND HOME INSPECTIONS
Redmond Home Inspections now provides Radon measuring. The way the process works is we set up a small tripod that has the radon measurement device on top. This will be set up in the lowest level that is habitable at least 4 hours a day. The best time for testing is in the fall and winter months when windows and doors are closed and the house is sealed up. If testing outside of this time period, the windows will need to be closed and doors closed as much as possible. The standard test will run for 72 hours (3 days). The fee for this service is $300 if you’re in the Windsor area. If your outside of Windsor, there will be a small travel fee applied. The longer the sampling time, the more data that is collected. Radon levels fluctuate throughout the day so the more time the better. Sampling for 7 days is available and that service is $600.
A report will be generated and emailed the same day the unit is picked up. Depending on the levels detected, the inspector will give recommendations on the next course of action.
- Contacting a Radon mitigation company for a quote to install a mitigation system
- Purchasing a home monitoring system to monitor your levels over longer periods of time
- No further actions needed
AARST-NRPP Certified Radon Detector
What Is Radon?
Radon is an invisible radioactive gas that causes lung cancer. In Canada, it is the second highest cause of lung cancer, after smoking. It comes from the ground and is produced by the breakdown of the mineral uranium that occurs naturally in the soil. As uranium breaks down, it eventually releases radon. Radon is a gas, so it travels easily through the soil, working its way toward the surface.
When radon escapes into outdoor air, the concentrations are low (approximately 15 Bq/m3). However, radon also escapes into our homes wherever they’re in contact with the soil, finding its way in through cracks or around pipes and drains. Here in Canada, our homes are well sealed to keep us warm in the winter, and so the radon concentration in our homes can easily build up. Breathing in radon gas for extended periods of time can potentially be hazardous to you and your family.
What Are The Health Effects Of Radon?
According to Health Canada, long-term exposure to radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking! Radon can increase your chances of lung cancer if you are a smoker. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers.
How Does Radon Get Into Your Home?
Radon gas enters into buildings through cracks in foundation walls and floors, or gaps around pipes and cables. Radon levels are often highest in crawl spaces and basements as they generally have poor ventilation and are closest to the source of entry. Although radon outdoors is diluted in the air and not a threat, in enclosed spaces like your home, it can get trapped and build up to higher levels.
Levels of radon can differ from home to home, but almost all homes will have some radon. Radon levels depend on a variety of factors including:
- soil characteristics (presence of uranium deposits)
- construction type (ranch, 2 story, side split)
- foundation type (poured concrete, block, presence of crawlspaces, etc.)
- lifestyle of occupants (window/doors are left open frequently, amount of time spent in lower levels)
The factors make it impossible to predict radon levels in a home; the only way to know your level is to have it tested.
Areas We Serve
Redmond Home Inspections proudly serves Windsor and Essex Counties, including the communities of Windsor, LaSalle, Tecumseh, Essex, Cottom, Kingsville, Leamington, Wheatley, Belle River, Harrow, Lakeshore, Stoney Point, Amherstburg, Comber, Colchester, Ruthven, South Woodslee, Saint Joachim, McGregor, Boblo Island, River Canard, Saint Clair Beach, Puce, Emeryville, Lighthouse Cove, Maidstone and Tilbury.