Now is the Best time of year to test your home or office for Radon!

Saskatchewan & Alberta are known hotspots in Canada for radon gas, with pockets all over the place. Have your home or office tested now as it is the best time of year for this service.

Radon is a colourless, odourless, radioactive gas that occurs naturally in the environment. It comes from the natural breakdown of uranium in soils and rocks. Once this radioactive gas becomes airborne, it attaches itself to particles in the air and can then be inhaled

Radon can enter your home or office building through foundation cracks and other unsealed openings in basement walls and floors. Radon levels are generally highest in cellars, crawl spaces and basements because these areas are nearest to the source and are typically poorly ventilated.

Although you will experience no immediate symptoms, the gas can damage lungs at the DNA level, potentially leading to cancer, when inhaled at high levels over many years. As a matter of fact Health Canada states that on average, 16% of lung cancer deaths are attributable to radon exposure in Canada. In 2006, an estimated 1,900 lung cancer deaths in Canada were due to radon exposure. Radon is the 2nd leading cause of lung cancer, after smoking. The Lung Association states the same facts and has been very active in promoting awareness.

Health Canada’s new guideline was developed in partnership with the provinces and territories. It is now 200 becquerels (“bec‐ krells”) per cubic metre, much reduced from 800 becquerels per cubic metre in recent years.

Health Canada’s guideline for radon has always been based on the best available scientific evidence of health risk and two recent, independent scientific studies in Europe and North America have shown that the lung cancer risks extend to levels of radon found in some homes.

The only way to determine the actual concentration levels of radon in a home is by a direct measurement. got mold?™ can assist in properly setting up a test for your building. The tests take three to six months to complete. The best time to test is between September and April, when your windows and doors are closed.

Radon can enter any home, new or old. However, remediation options available to you may differ, depending on the type of foundation you have. If building a new home, speak to your builder about construction options that may reduce your risk. Every new home should be tested for radon by the homeowner after occupancy.

What if I get an unacceptably high reading? Radon concentrations in a home can usually be lowered by: reducing the emission from the ground into the building (for example, sealing cracks in cement foundations), and increasing the ventilation in basements and other enclosed areas where radon accumulates. We provide full service radon mitigation and look forward to serving you.

Typically the cost to mitigate radon concerns range from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars, depending on the amount and type of work required in order to effectively mitigate. Please note that radon ‐ reduction techniques may also result in energy savings and lower your utility bills.

Radon levels vary not only from one geographic area to another, but from house to house and building to building. A survey conducted by Health Canada in the 1970s showed that radon levels in certain Canadian cities were higher than in others. However, these same studies showed that it is impossible to predict whether any one house or building will have a high level of radon. Your home or office may have very little radon gas, while your neighbour’s house or office has significant levels.

Based on past experience, multi‐story apartment buildings are much less likely to have radon problems.

How safe are public facilities (hospitals and schools)? Government and Certain jurisdictions are currently testing for radon, for example they are testing school divisions that wish to have their facilities tested. Initial testing has been completed. In the case of health care facilities, officials from Saskatchewan Health will work with Regional Health Authorities and other stakeholder groups to ensure that owners/operators of these facilities have the necessary information to determine the safety of their facilities, and collectively determine if strategies to address radon need to be developed to maintain safe facilities.

Fill out the form to the right to test your home of office for Radon or call 1-888-909-6653

Great West Home & Leisure Show in Medicine Hat

Great West Home & Leisure Show

The Great West Home & Leisure Show is proud to host nearly 200 exhibitors. Held the second-last weekend in October, it features a variety of products, services and attractions including the Home Centre, Food Alley, Healthy Living section, Rec Room and Children’s Activity Centre. Gadgets, Food, Reno’s, Gifts and more….there really is something for everyone and it’s a great place to do some pre-Christmas shopping!

Showtimes are as follows:

Cypress Centre, Medicine Hat Exhibition & Stampede
Friday, October 20, 2017: 12:00-9:00 pm
Saturday, October 21, 2017: 10:00 am-6:00 pm
Sunday, October 22, 2017: 11:00 am-4:00 pm
Tickets Available at the Door:
Adults: $5.00
Seniors 65+ and Students: $3.00
Children 11 & under: FREE

Lots of fun for the kids right beside and in front of our booth.

We look forward to seeing you.

Radon Awareness FAQ

Saskatchewan & Alberta are known hotspots in Canada for radon gas.

What is radon gas? Radon is a colourless, odourless, radioactive gas that occurs naturally in the environment. It comes from the natural breakdown of uranium in soils and rocks.

How does radon get into a home? Radon can enter a home through foundation cracks and similar unsealed openings in basement walls and floors. Radon levels are generally highest in cellars and basements because these areas are nearest to the source and are usually poorly ventilated.

What does it do? Although you will experience no immediate symptoms, the gas can damage lungs at the DNA level, potentially leading to cancer, when inhaled at high levels over many years.

How serious is the threat? Radon is the leading source of lung cancer after smoking. It is estimated to kill 2,000 Canadians every year. Because there is some risk at any level, homeowners may want to have their homes tested and take any steps to reduce their exposure to radon, regardless of levels tested.

What are the changes to the radon guidelines? Health Canada’s new guideline was developed in partnership with the provinces and territories. It is now 200 becquerels (“bec‐ krells”) per cubic metre, much reduced from 800 becquerels per cubic metre.

Health Canada’s guideline for radon has always been based on the best available scientific evidence of health risk and two recent, independent scientific studies in Europe and North America have shown that the lung cancer risks extend to levels of radon found in some homes.

How do I know if my home is at risk? The only way to determine the actual concentration of radon in a home is by a direct measurement. got mold? can assist in getting a test available for your building envelope. The tests can take three to six months to complete. The best time to test is between September and April, when your windows and doors are closed.

Which is at a higher risk? New or older homes? Radon can enter any home. However, remediation options available to you may differ, depending on the type of foundation you have. If building a new home, speak to your builder about construction options that may reduce your risk. Every new home should be tested for radon by the homeowner after occupancy.

What if I get an unacceptably high reading? Radon concentrations in a home can usually be lowered by: reducing the emission from the ground into the building (for example, sealing cracks in cement foundations), and increasing the ventilation in basements and other enclosed areas where radon accumulates.

Is the remediation work costly? Costs typically range from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars, depending on the amount and type of work needed. Please note that radon ‐ reduction mediation techniques may also result in energy savings and lower your utility bills

Will radon lower my property values? That depends on individual buyers. Some might be scared off, whereas others might feel more comfortable knowing the owner has looked for radon and, where applicable, done the remediation.

Does Saskatchewan & Alberta have radon “hot spots”? Radon levels vary not only from one geographic area to another, but from house to house. A survey conducted by Health Canada in the 1970s showed that radon levels in certain Canadian cities were higher than in others. However, these same studies showed that it is impossible to predict whether any one house will have a high level of radon. Your home may have very little radon gas, while your neighbour’s house has significant levels.

How safe are multi‐unit dwellings? Based on past experience, multi‐story apartment buildings are much less likely to have radon problems.

How safe are public facilities (hospitals and schools)? Government and Certain jurisdictions are currently testing for radon, for example they are testing school divisions that wish to have their facilities tested. Initial testing has been completed. In the case of health care facilities, officials from Saskatchewan Health will work with Regional Health Authorities and other stakeholder groups to ensure that owners/operators of these facilities have the necessary information to determine the safety of their facilities, and collectively determine if strategies to address radon need to be developed to maintain safe facilities.

Fill out the form to the right to test your home of office for Radon.

President of got mold? to attend Radon Awareness Night in Regina

President & CEO James C. Watson of got mold? will be attending tonights Radon Awareness Night in Regina. Being hosted by the Canadian Cancer Society.

As a team we are committed to getting as much information as possible so we can educate our readers on a regular basis about indoor air quality. got mold? has experience in finding and fixing sources of bad air quality in more then 3000 homes,  businesses, institutional and industrial locations.

For more information about Radon, we have been submitting articles lately in regards to radon awareness week.

If you have any questions about radon or sources of bad indoor air quality in your indoor environment, contact us today! Or, if you are in the Regina area, feel free to join our president James C. Watson at the Radon awareness night .

Executive Royal Hotel

4025 Albert, Regina, Saskatchewan S4S 3R6

What’s all the talk about radon?

What’s all the talk about radon?

Recently we have been receiving inquiries about radon. It has also been showing up in the press and even Mike Holmes has commercials targeted towards the health concerns around it. So what is it?

Radon is a radioactive gas that is produced naturally by the breakdown of uranium in the ground. Since radon can’t be seen, smelled, or tasted, it can get into your home undetected. In outdoor air, radon is diluted and therefore not a concern. In confined spaces like your home or office, radon can build up to high levels and become a health risk. For example we now know recent scientific studies have conclusively linked the risk of developing lung cancer to levels of radon found in some houses. Radon can enter your home any place where the house touches the soil and there is an opening.

Possible entry points into your home include:

  • cracks in foundation walls and floor slabs
  • construction joints
  • gaps around service pipes
  • support posts
  • window casements
  • floor drains
  • sumps or cavities inside walls
  • dirt floors

The amount of radon in your home will depend on many factors:

  • the amount of uranium in the ground
  • the number of entry points into your home
  • how well your home is ventilated

Did you know? It is estimated that a non-smoker exposed to high levels of radon over a lifetime has a one in 20 chance of developing lung cancer. That estimate increases to one in three for a smoker exposed to high levels of radon over a lifetime.

Health Risks

Radon exposure increases your risk of developing lung cancer. Cigarette smoking is the number one cause of lung cancer and although the risk is smaller, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer according to Health Canada. See Radon – Another Reason to Quit for more information on smoking and radon..Your risk of cancer depends on several factors:

  • the level of radon in your house
  • how long you are exposed
  • whether you smoke (exposure to radon and tobacco use together can significantly increase your risk of lung cancer)

If you have any questions or concerns we are just a phone call away! 1-888-909-6653