Radon Measurement for Real Estate Transactions
Radon measurement and testing involves testing for a colourless, odourless radioactive gas found naturally in the environment. It is produced by the natural breakdown of uranium commonly found in soils and rocks. Because radon is a gas, it can easily move through small spaces in soils and other materials, allowing it to enter the air we breathe, both outdoors and inside buildings.
In the outdoors, radon mixes with large volumes of fresh air and is diluted to low concentrations. However, if radon enters an enclosed or poorly ventilated space in a building, it can accumulate to levels that can pose a risk to health. Radon is a silent killer and a Level 1 carcinogen. It is the 2nd leading cause of lung cancer in Canada.
Health Canada estimates 3,200 Canadians die annually as a result of Radon exposure and even breathing low levels of radon can lead to lung cancer. Health Canada recommends ALL homeowners test.
Our Real Estate Protocol
We use the CARST(Canadian Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists) guideline for Conducting a Radon Screening Assessment as Part of a Real Estate Transaction of a Residential Dwelling in Canada.
Real estate transactions in Halifax Nova Scotia, happen quickly and deadlines must be met. Because of this, we need to be able to assess the radon levels in a home within a short period. If a long-term radon measurement has not been conducted prior to a real estate transaction, a radon screening assessment can provide important information on whether funds may be required to cover the installation of a radon mitigation system.
We use accurate C-NRPP approved digital continuous radon monitors that measure the levels of radon in the home over a minimum of 90 hours, and we obtain readouts immediately. Our monitors are calibrated yearly and are designed to capture tamper in order to provide you the most precise and accurate screening possible.
Millions of Canadians have had their home tested and you should too.
Our inspector is a certified C-NRPP and CARST Radon measurement professional and follows the strict measurement guidelines as stipulated by Health Canada, CARST and CNRPP.
For more information on radon and what you need to know, check out the Health Canada publication below.
C-NRPP & CARST Certified Measurement Professional
Routinely Calibrated & C-NRPP Listed Equipment
What to Expect
We will take some information to prepare for your inspection like your name, email and the inspection site address. Your inspection is then booked on your requested date and time.
We email you our radon testing agreement. You follow the instructions in the email, read and sign your agreement all online before the appointment time.
We show up at least 30 – 45 mins early. Proceed to gain access into the home to setup the Radon monitoring equipment.
There is a non-interference agreement we leave with the occupants to adhere to and sign. We leave the equipment to measure for at least 90 hrs.
We return to retrieve the radon testing equipment for analysis.
We read the data, generate the reports according to C-NRPP protocol for measuring radon as part of a real estate transaction and email to you within 2 hours.
We keep in touch via email and highly recommend you subscribe to our bi-weekly home maintenance newsletters which helps you learn more about Radon and other elements of your home including how to maintain them.