Radon Gas Testing

Radon Testing

Aqua-Check Inc has provided over 10,000 radon tests in Nova Scotia to date. We currently offer radon testing to both commercial and residential clients.
We offer full service Measurement of Radon levels in buildings and homes across the Province. We can perform short-term tests (ideal for real estate transactions) or long-term tests, which give you a more accurate, complete representation of radon levels. Aqua-Check uses EPERMs known in the industry as the gold standard of testing techniques. All tests are carried out using Health Canada standards.

Long-term testing is usually performed during the winter season to provide a more accurate result. All short-term testing is performed under closed house conditions which can mean that occupants may have to change their living style (e.g. all windows must be closed throughout the 2-7 day test).
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Radon Facts

What is it?
Radon is a radioactive gas that is colourless, odourless and tasteless. Radon is formed by the breakdown of uranium, a natural radioactive substance found in soil, rock and groundwater. When radon is released from the ground into the outdoor air, it gets diluted to low concentrations and is not a concern. However, in enclosed spaces, like basements, it can sometimes accumulate to high levels, which can be a risk to the health of you and your family.

Health Effect?
The only known health risk associated with exposure to radon in indoor air is an increased risk of developing lung cancer. The effects of radon are dependant on its level of concentation and the duration of exposure.

The combined effects of radon exposure and tobacco use significantly increase your risk of lung cancer. It is estimated that a non-smoker exposed to elevated levels of radon over a lifetime has a 1 in 20 chance of developing lung cancer. This estimate increases to 1 in 3 for smokers who are also exposed to elevated levels of radon over their lifetime.

What can you do?
Radon can be found across Canada, at varying levels, in most homes. Just because your neighbour has a radon issue does not mean that you will also have one, and vice versa. Many homes tested will be below the Government of Canada's guideline level of 200 Bq/m³, but it is not possible to know which homes will have elevated levels. To determine whether your home has a high radon level you must test for it. Long-term testing is the only way to have an accurate understanding of the radon levels in your home.