Radon Gas Awareness
Health Canada describes Radon as a naturally occurring radioactive gas produced by the breakdown of uranium in soil, rocks, and water. In the outdoors, Radon is diluted so it is not considered a health risk. Only when it seeps into confined spaces like a house basement that it can accumulate to high enough levels to become a health risk.
Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking and the leading cause of lung cancer for non-smokers. When radon escapes from the ground into the outdoor air it is diluted to low concentrations and is no cause for concern. However, when radon enters an enclosed space, like a home, it can accumulate to high levels and become a health hazard. If the radon level in a home is high it can be easily fixed at a reasonable price.
Radon is present to some degree in all houses in Canada. It can seep into a home undetected through the basement floor, foundation, or footings. It can also seep in through the home’s sump pump system. Various factors affect the presence of Radon in a home, including type of construction, condition of the foundation, the lifestyle of the occupants (do they have a finished basement?), soil characteristics, and the weather conditions when any sample is taken.