Radon is radioactive, and it’s a noble gas. This element is formed when Uranium undergoes a natural decaying process. In areas where the soil is rich in Uranium, houses are more likely to have radon gas in them. They are colourless and odourless, but above all, deadly to those who breathe it in. After smoking, this gas is the leading cause of lung cancer. Unfortunately, in Calgary, the levels of radon gas are higher than in many other areas. Therefore, it is essential to get the house inspected for the presence of this gas.
Is radon testing part of home inspections?
So, does a home inspection in Calgary include radon testing? The answer is not definitive, as the tests included in an inspection varies from one company to another. Performing radon gas tests requires certifications, and not every home inspector may have one. Therefore, you will need to ask the company about their services and their licenses. Keep in mind, however, that you will need to pay extra for this.
Should you get radon testing?
So, with this extra expense involved, around 100 CAD or more, you must be wondering if you should be getting a radon test in the first place. The answer is a big, fat YES! As mentioned earlier, the odourless and colourless gas causes lung cancer even in a non-smoker. Moreover, it can also lead to DNA damage. Therefore, getting the test is mandatory, especially when getting a house in Calgary.
How to know if you need radon testing?
With these questions answer, now comes the part where you need to know if your house has radon gas in it. Even after an initial test, which showed no presence, the gas may build up later. While you cannot tell if radon is in your home, you can certainly spot the symptoms of radon poisoning. These signs include,
- A persistent cough (coughing blood)
- Chest pain
- Serious lung infections like Pneumonia
- Hoarse voice
- Lack of appetite and weight loss
The process of radon testing
The process of testing for radon gas takes around 5 minutes of setting up the continuous radon monitor (CRM) device and 48 hours of monitoring. The specialist will set the device in certain places in your house and give you the necessary instructions. After 48 hours, during which you can live your regular life, you will know if your house has radon gas in it or not.
Radon testing is something not every home inspector offers to perform. However, upon your request, inspection companies can surely hire a specialist for the same. While it is an extra expense when buying a house, it is a necessary step to keep you and your family safe from a number of respiratory problems.