Frequently Asked Questions
Where do Canadians hear about radon?
Too many people say that the first time they were warned about radon was at the hospital during a discussion with their Oncologist Dr. when it is too late. Beware of radon.
How does radon affect Canadians?
Radon kills 3,200 Canadians each year. This can be avoided if radon risk houses are mitigated. If your house has not been tested for radon yet, contact us for indications.
What is a radon safe house?
A radon-safe house is one that is tested at below 75 Bq/m3. A radon-safe house is not a house located in low risk location. High risk houses are located in every area of Canada and including low risk area. Radon is nasty and is sometimes called the perfect killer. Just hoping that it is not your house may be a misleading argument. Wherever your house is located in Canada, your radon measurement level has more chance to return showing an acceptable radon level. You want to test to confirm that you, your family and pets are not at risk of lung cancer due to radon nuclear activity.
How do I prevent radon casualties?
It is a 2 step process.
Step 1- Test for radon in locations where you or members of your family spend the most time. Test lower level of the house if leaving, play room, bedroom, office or training rooms are located at this level otherwise, test on main floor. Test duration should be no less than 91 days. Suppliers making representation of short term tests to decide on mitigation are confusing the public in a .
Step 2- Decide from radon test result if it is recommended to mitigate radon. Contract a certified C-NRPP professional listed by Health Canada such as Enviroporta.
If Radon was of serious concern, would governments alert the public?
They do! Check out Health Canada or WorksafeNB. The info is not readily accessible for people who did not type RADON in the search engine. New changes to cigarette packaging will display information targeting smokers because tobacco and radon combinations is supposed to cause 1 in 3 smokers to die with lung cancer if they live in a home with high levels of radon.
November is radon awareness month as per Health Canada. In 2016 it was launched in Ottawa, ON and ine 2015 in Tracadie-Sheila, NB.
Why did neither parents, teachers or family doctor ever warn me about radon dangers?
Training is being offered to Doctors and more is to come. Public awareness is on the rise.
Since the energy bubble of the late 1970's, our homes have become more air tight as the cost of energy rose. That has contributed to an increase in radon concentration indoors. One trend today is to discuss radon facts in schools hoping in return to bring that knowledge back to the families. Enviroporta is supportive of these initiatives.
How does radon affect the resale value of my property?
Some home or business owners think that it is preferable to postpone radon inquiry to the next owner because it may impact negatively the resale value of their house or building. As more people become educated about radon, they will likely choose a safer house to move in. If the home owner cannot document a certified radon level of the house that they have listed, then it may become an area of concern for the buyer who may prefer a similar house that has been mitigated.
There is radon in my house. Now what?
Radon mitigation is one of the services that we offer. We have the know-how and technology to service your needs. Each house differs and that is why we need to gather data and run tests.
I am renting. May I get a radon measurement of my lodging or store?
Yes you can, it is a wise move to always measure your exposure to radon at your residence or workplace. 40% of houses in North East New Brunswick are reputed unsafe for radon.
Can I ask the landlord to mitigate radon if the radon is too high?
Unfortunately the answer is no: you may suggest radon mitigation however such repair is up to the homeowner and so your option may be to vacate the premises would they prove unsafe for your use. In some jurisdictions, the landlord has to inform the renter of the radon level of the rented dwelling.
How can I do a radon test?
For a reliable radon test you can contact your Provincial Lung Association or contact Enviroporta at 001 506 850 5510 for a certified radon test, meaning that we will deal with your radon test every step of the way. In Miramichi you can pick up a recommended radon test at Miramichi Medical Supplies at 130 Duke Street and you will contact us for directions on using the kit.
What are the odds that my house rates high for radon?
Wherever you live in Canada, New Brunswick was identified as the most challenged province for Radon. The odds are that a test will come back above the acceptable level set at 200 Bq/m3 by Health Canada. The World Health Organization suggests 100 Bq/m3 as maximum exposure in a house.
What areas does Enviroporta service?
In New Brunswick we service Bathurst, Beresford, Caraquet, Campbellton, Dieppe, Edmundston, Grand-Sault, Kedgwick, Miramichi, Moncton, Paquetville, Petit-Rocher, Robertville, Rogersville, Richibucto, Sackville, Saint-Quentin, Shediac, Shippagan, and Tracadie-Sheila. We also service Prince Edward Island, Gaspesie Quebec.
Does Enviroporta service other areas?
On demand we can service France and other European countries along with other Francophone and Anglophone requests around the world. Online and onsite service can be arranged to meet your needs.