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Radon Levels in Greater Calgary-- Is Your Home Healthy?

Greater Calgary's certified radon contractor

Radon -- being an odorless, colorless, tasteless, and in all ways utterly impossible to notice using any of the human senses -- is toxic and could be present in your home right now.

The radon levels in a home can be tested and mitigated by Doug Lacey's Basement Systems, your local radon specialist in Alberta. Contact us today for solutions to your home's radon problems.

Any Home Can Have a Radon Problem

As a gas, radon can enter any home through cracks, holes, or any other openings. In particular, radon enters homes through a process known as the "stack effect", which practically sucks the gas right into the home.

Since the pressure inside the house is lower than the pressure outside the house, a vacuum is created. As the warm air rises, it makes its way out of the house and is then replaced by unconditioned air from the outside.

This air can then quickly begin to build up, especially when the weather gets cooler and windows (escape routes) are closed. In other words, the radon gets trapped. There could be a lot or a little, which is why every homeowner needs to test for radon and conduct frequent checkups.

Learn How Radon Enters Your Alberta House

Radon Test Results - What Do They Mean?

Radon is measured in becquerels per cubic meter (Bq/m³) and the smaller the number the safer you are. However, even what is considered "small amounts" of radon may not be all that safe. Regardless, most homes can be mitigated and the levels can be lessened to some degree.

Reduce Radon Levels with Radon Mitigation in Alberta

Monitoring radon levels is a key step for ensuring your home is protected.

As a standard, Health Canada (HC) has defined 200 Bq/m³ as the "action level" for any indoor environment. This means that a test reading 200 Bq/m³ and above needs to be mitigated and the radon levels need to be immediately reduced.

The World Health Organization (WHO) claims that radon can be dangerous in any concentration, which is why radon reduction systems are so important. These systems constantly work to lower the radon levels in your home.

"Most radon-induced lung cancers occur from low-and-medium-dose exposures in people's homes. Radon is the second most significant cause of lung cancer after smoking in many countries," said Dr. Maria Neira of the WHO.

As long as your home is below 200 Bq/m³, you should have some peace of mind. However, Doug Lacey's Basement Systems wants to do everything possible to get the radon levels as low as possible. Contact Doug Lacey's Basement Systems today for more information.

How to Better Understand Radon Levels

Maybe 3700 Bq/m³ doesn't sound all that bad, so 148 Bq/m³ can't be a problem at all. In order to understand the number, you have to understand the measuring system. Let's compare some figures.

  • 37 Bq/m³ is equal to 2.5 cigarettes a day.
  • The radiation in a 148 Bq/m³ level of radon is equal to the radiation from 100 chest x-rays.
  • Most hospitals actually only allow four chest x-rays each year. That's 1.48 Bq/m³ per x-ray and 5.92 Bq/m³ a year.

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We serve the following areas

  • Aden
  • Barnwell
  • Big Stone
  • Big Valley
  • Bindloss
  • Brooks
  • Byemoor
  • Cessford
  • Chinook
  • Cluny
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  • Cypress County
  • Desert Blume
  • Duchess
  • Dunmore
  • Elkwater
  • Esther
  • Finnegan
  • Gleichen
  • Grassy Lake
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  • Hilda
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  • Jenner
  • Lake Newell Resort
  • Maleb
  • Medicine Hat
  • Millicent
  • Morrin
  • New Brigden
  • Onefour
  • Patricia
  • Pollockville
  • Purple Springs
  • Rolling Hills
  • Scandia
  • Schuler
  • Seven Persons
  • Sibbald
  • Siksika
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  • Taber
  • Tilley
  • Veinerville
  • Walsh
  • Wardlow
  • Wrentham
  • Youngstown
Our Locations:

Doug Lacey's Basement Systems
5990 51st Street SE
Calgary, AB T2C4M9
1-587-333-7854
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