Radon is an invisible radioactive gas produced by the breakdown of uranium in the ground and is also the No. 1 cause of lung cancer for non-smokers. It’s found in every home in Canada, but testing is the only way to truly know if a home has dangerous levels.
Radon and COVID-19
As Canadians continue to spend more time at home, now, more than ever, it’s important for buyers and sellers to test their homes for radon. People confined to their homes during the pandemic are at greater risk of being exposed to high radon levels.
Health Canada is available for support with navigating this serious health issue. There are radon experts across Canada available to answer your questions,.
Let me know if you would like a digital or printed copy of A Homeowner’s Guide to Radon. This guide explains how radon enters the home, how to test and how to mitigate.
Radon in real estate
Homes with a low radon level are healthy homes. Testing for radon is simple and can save lives. To purchase a test kit, visit TakeActionRadon.ca.
A long-term, three-month test is the only way to accurately find out the radon level in a home. Health Canada does not recommend doing a radon test during a real estate transaction, so when should homeowners run a test?
Test before sale:
Most homes will have a low radon level, but the only way to know is to test. Health Canada recommends radon testing, and mitigation if necessary, before homeowners sell so they can include the low radon level as a selling feature.
Source CREA October 2020