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What about testing? What does it cost ?
At JAM (2005) Enterprises, I offer short-term (2-7 days) and long-term (91-365 days) radon gas measurement by a C-NRPP (Canadian National Radon Proficiency Program)-certified professional at an affordable price. Short-term test (2-7 days) using a Continuous Radon Monitor is $150-$200. Long term testing (91-365 days) using an alpha track detector is $125-$175. HST is extra on all fees. The higher fee applies to some out-of-city testing locations. The fees include detector placement, retrieval, lab analysis, shipping to the lab (where applicable), and results interpretation. My fees are SIGNIFICANTLY LESS than others offering comparable services in London and are set for AFFORDABLE PEACE OF MIND for you and your family! The low fees are not synonomous with low quality of service or workmanship but are designed so that most home-owners can afford them and get a radon test; paying three to four times more (common in London and many centres) for testing certainly restricts the affordability of testing.
Please note that my cost for the LT detector has risen by nearly 30% within the past month !
Short-term verses Long-term testing
Short-term tests using a Continuous Radon Monitor (tracks hourly levels) will tell you if you are above Health Canada's guideline or for real estate transactions but it is the long-term test (3 months and longer) which will give you more accurate levels, help estimate annual exposure levels and is mandatory for determining if mitigation (radon removal) is required. With the possible exception of real estate transactions, do not base any mitigation decision solely on short-term levels. Short-term levels can fluctuate significantly over the day and from day to day. Long-term levels are detected using an alpha track (Accustar AT-100 or Landauer Radtrak) detector placed in your house for at least three months. If long-term levels are higher than Health Canada's guideline (200 Bq/m3) it is suggested that you mitigate within 1-2 years (depending on the radon gas level). I am not involved in radon mitigation (removal), therefore I have no vested or financial interest in mitigation or convincing you to put in a removal system, only in detecting your radon gas levels and letting you know what these are. I feel that there is a huge conflict of interest, either perceived or real, if the radon tester, mitigator and post-mitigation tester are one in the same.If needed, there are several good mitigation companies in London that I can recommend and that will give you a free estimate.
EVERY HOUSE AND WORKPLACE should be tested (Health Canada, the Ontario Lung Association, Middlesex-London Public Health Department and other Public Health Departments). Your family's health is key! Arrange for a test today. Recommended long term tests are 91-365 days and should be started NOW to include the fall-winter months (heating season) when houses are "closed up". Book a free consultation today.
Doing nothing and relying on the "status quo" will not identify or lessen the potential problem or give you that peace of mind that your family is safe.
Visit our websites www.radondetectionlondon.ca, www.certifiedradondetection.org and 411.ca (radon) for more detailed information, fees (currently set at $125-175+ HST), DIY testing ($49.95 + HST+$10.80 - $12.80 for Canada Post Expedited detector shipping to you) and relevant stories; if you are still not convinced about the dangers of radon gas, visit the CANSAR website (www.cansar.org). Click on Faces of radon-induced Cancer-Survivor Stories. REAL PEOPLE! REAL STORIES! REAL CANCER!
Why choose me ?
Member of CARST (Canadian Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists), and AARST (American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists) and am C-NRPP-certified. CRT # 201319. (I am currently the only certfied standard services-analyst measurement professional for London and Southwest Ontario that is listed in the C-NRPP "Find a professional" measurement database and the CARST database.) For more details about me, my qualifications and services, visit my website - www.radondetectionlondon.ca.
Radon Makes the News again!
For several months now, Mike Holmes and Mike Homes Jr. are again encouraging everyone to get their homes tested with a long-term radon detector. Their Public Service Announcements may be seen on CITY-TV and Global. What is stopping you ?
November is Take Action on Radon" month in Canada. Dr. Marla Shapiro featured a segment on radon effects and testing on CTV News AM Morning show. Although she maintains that all homes should be tested, 96% of Canadian houses have NEVER been tested. Only 5% of Canadians actually knew that radon in fact caused cancer! Are you one of this group? What is stopping you from testing?
The Toronto Star has featured several news articles on testing of houses for radon gas during this November. Guelph Ontario is now requiring all new homes built since September 2015 to have plans for installation of a radon mitigation system before a building permit has been issued. This is in keeping with the revised Canada Building Code 2010. London has yet to follow suit! Thames Centre has now made RRNC (Radon Resistant New Construction) mandatory in their region as of March 2016 and St. Thomas is going to follow within the next few months.
Why is knowing my radon gas level important? Why should I care?
We wear seat belts or rely on air bags to protect us in case of a car accident - we have smoke detectors in our homes in case of a fire - we have carbon monoxide detectors in case our heating system malfunctions; so why do we think that detecting radon is not important ? The risk of getting and dying from radon-induced cancer is higher than deaths from drunk driving, falls in the home, fires and carbon monoxide poisoning together !
Radon gas and its radioactive decay products are the number two cause of LUNG CANCER in North America, superseded only by smoking. We have all heard of or maybe even know someone who has developed lung cancer but has never smoked. More than likely radon gas was the culprit. A simple test would help to identify the potential cause and help to prevent this. Why is testing important? These radon decay products (RDP) actually attach to dust, smoke, pet dander, aerosols, etc. that we ALL BREATHE IN! It is these radioactive particles that initiate the cancer process. If you have high radon gas levels and if you or someone in your house are smokers, or exposed to second hand smoke (children, pets), the risk of getting and dying from radon-induced lung cancer has just increased by 900%!! There is a significant synergistic effect between high levels and smoking! Great reason to quit! Good reason to test! If you have children at home they face a lifetime of radon gas exposure at daycare, schools and in your house. What is protecting them? A simple and affordable test. Approximately 3,200 Canadians die each year from preventable radon-induced lung cancer! Will you or a loved one be one of them? As Dirty Harry once said "Do you feel lucky today ?" Get tested today!
Since radon comes from the soil, it is in every house and business that is built upon soil. It easily comes through the foundation cracks, gaps, sump pits, and even pores in the concrete. No one is exempt! You will have it; it is the level that is important to know! WITHOUT TESTING, YOU WILL NEVER KNOW YOU HAVE IT OR WHAT THE LEVEL IS! Unlike carbon monoxide, there are no symptoms associated with radon - no dizziness, no nausea, no light-headedness, no fatigue. You will not discover the effects for years until a physician and tests indicate you have a stage of lung cancer. Get a test - affordable peace of mind for you and your family! You will never have that peace of mind until you test. Give your family an early Christmas present and get a test or order my DIY test kit. Either way - TAKE ACTION ON RADON! Doing nothing will not lessen the problem or make it go away.
But what about your BELOVED PETS (I have two cats). They breathe the same air as you do. Unfortunately, they are exposed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They do not have to go to work, or get groceries, or the luxury of getting out of the house for extended periods of time. They are exposed for prolonged periods and face the same lung cancer risks that you face. What is protecting them -again a simple test.