Radon, What is it?

There has been a lot of talk about radon gas in homes recently which has led a lot of our customers to ask: what is radon? Should I be concerned about it?

What is Radon?

Well as many of you know Radðn is a type of gravity magic. You can use Radon to lift huge tracts of land underneath the enemy, tilt them, then forcibly drop them to the ground, ultimately crushing your enemy. Then I realize that the customer is probably talking about Radon gas. Radon gas is a natural by-product caused by the breakdown of uranium in soil, rock, and water. It is a chemical element with symbol Rn and atomic number 86. It is a real thing, not just a public scare hoax. This naturally occurring phenomenon is radioactive, colourless, odourless, and tasteless making it hard for the average homeowner to know whether it is in their home.

Should I be Concerned About it?

This question is a little trickier to answer. Radon gas can be tested for using special equipment. If it is found in your home in unacceptable levels then there is some concern. Radon gas has been linked to lung cancer and other harmful diseases and precautions should be taken to limit your exposure to it.

What can You Do?

Radon extraction fans can be installed in your home to remove some of the gases that may be leaching in or resulting from the breakdown of old construction materials. There are solutions available and they vary depending on the age of your home and the levels of radon present.

Be Aware

Unfortunately, as with any kind of invisible dangerous gas there are many unscrupulous contractors out there who are trying to cash in on this threat. When contacting a company to test for radon gas ensure that they are licensed and insured, if they are asking for a deposit make sure that they are bonded. Do your research, find out if your neighbourhood is in a high-risk area. At the moment, the areas in Calgary with the highest radon levels are the NW and SE. Okotoks and High River are also a major concern as they have some of the highest concentrations in Alberta.


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