Health Canada released a report in 2012, stating that more than 6.9 percent of Canadians are exposed to radon above the safe limit in their own homes (the guideline is 200 becquerels per cubic metre). The data shows results of 14.000 radon tests across Canada and Kelowna, attracting attention towards a serious health issue. Having a home radon test is crucial if you want to prevent devastating health problems.
Radon gas is colourless, odourless and, worst of all, it is radioactive. It is released from the breakdown of uranium that happens naturally in the soil, rock, and groundwater. When released, this gas is diluted with air and it is almost harmless. Unfortunately, radon gas can build up inside buildings and at that moment it becomes a real health hazard. It can enter your home through cracks in the foundation, through pipes and windows. That is why radon gas is the second cause of pulmonary carcinoma (lung cancer) in Canada, after smoking. Only with thorough tests you can determine if the radon levels in your home pose a risk to your and your family’s health. And don’t think that if your neighbour has done the test already and the results were negative, it automatically means this is the case for your home too. The radon levels can vary from house to house. That is why Health Canada recommends all people to test their homes for radon gas.
The risk of developing cancer depends on the concentration of the radon with air and the length of the exposure. Studies done by the Health Canada show that even low levels can affect you. People who smoke are at an even higher risk because the tobacco smoke and radon have a synergistic relationship.
A Kelowna authority on radon gas detection, Llyod Kenzle, is able to save your life and protect your family’s health. Radon can be measured with a long term test that can last for up to three months or with short-term tests that last between 2 and 7 days. The longer measurement can provide an accurate result of radon levels in your house, but it is best first to do a short-term test to see if you need to do the longer one. Small wall-detectors can be used to conduct short-term tests. Unfortunately, the radon levels can vary in a 24-hour period and that is why the short test are not so exact.
Buying a house is one of the most important purchases during one’s lifetime. So, when it comes to such a big investment, you have to take care of every detail. There are times when you can’t do it alone.
Whether you’re buying the home of your dreams or are maintaining your existing home, you have to make sure there are no hidden, unwanted problems lurking in secret. For this reason, you need to work with a true professional. You need to hire the best Kelowna home inspector. Hiring Lloyd Kenzle will give you peace of mind knowing you’ve made the best choice to keep your family safe and happy.
Contact Lloyd for more information and schedule your Kelowna residential inspection as soon as possible.
Vin knows buying a home is one of the biggest purchases of your life, and being able to provide honest, knowledgeable support aimed at making you more confident in your purchase is what good home inspection is about. From the first phone call, Vin is committed to open, accurate and educated reporting to make the process less stressful for you, and to ensure you know exactly what you are getting with your purchase.
Vin’s credentials include:
Consumer Protection BC Home Inspector Licence #78731 • Commercial Building Inspection (Carson Dunlop Weldon & Associates Ltd Canada) • Qualified Home Inspector with Carson Dunlop Canada • Higher National Certificate with Commendation in Building Surveying (Inspection), UK (Greenwich University London) • Diploma in Home Inspection from the Awarding Body for the Built Environment (ABBE) Level 4 (Highest Level), UK • Qualified Domestic Energy Assessor with the National Home Energy Rating (NHER), UK • City and Guilds in Electrical Engineering Parts 1 & 2, UK
With over 30 years’ experience as a qualified building professional Vin brings ongoing experience, expertise and sound advice to Okanagan Home Inspection sector. And, like Lloyd, he’s always just a phone call away.
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