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Radon Control in New Construction

Radon -- The Details in English

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What is radon, where does it come from and just how dangerous is it?  How do tradespeople satisfy the building code while preparing the basis of efficient radon reduction where it might be determined to be necessary long after occupation?  This video answers those questions while showing homeowners, designers, architects, home builders and tradespeople the overview of what needs to be done. 

Throughout this series of videos we talk about the highest concentration of radon in a house that is considered safe, what is called the “action level”. Set by Health Canada, the action level is currently 200 Bq/m3 – as determined by average measurements over a 3 month test period.  Years ago it was much higher before it was determined to still be a health hazard so it was placed at the 200 level as a safe level that could be obtained at a reasonable construction cost.  Some people in Canada are advocating lowering it to 100 Bq/m3.  Radon remediation professionals are trained to be up to date with both the health guidelines and the construction techniques required to maintain the measured levels below the current Canadian action level. 

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Bruce Walsh on March 10, 2017 20:10

I purchased a radon test kit from Home Depot in January 2016 and installed the test device over our open sump Feb. 2/2016.
Feb. 1/2017 I removed the tester and sent it to Pop-Lab in Toronto to obtain the results of a full year in the same position over the sump.
The results came in with a reading of 15 Bq./cu.m.; well below the threshold for remedial action.
Are there any statistics available concerning rating results from the area in Pointe-Claire just south of route 20 and just east of St. Johns Road, for a house built in 1956 with the tester mounted about 1 meter above the sump pit with the original earth covered bottom?

Hello Bruce,
We don't have any statistical information that detailed. Health Canada continues to improve their regional information, but not down to that fine a point.
jon

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richie on January 25, 2017 09:04

so if I have drain all around the inside for in case of water, will the radon pipe work?

Hi Richie,

If your inside perimeter drain is basically just a slot through the slab to the earth below, no – the radon will follow the path up. If your perimeter drain collects water from above and pipes it to a drain – maintaining a separation between the basement space and the soil below, then a draw fan under the slab should have no connection to the flow of this drain and the radon system will work. Sump pumps can be a special problem as they are usually open to the soil below and need to be air-sealed off between the pit and the basement air. So if your perimeter drain goes to a sump pump, how can we isolate things? The guys in Winnipeg solved that problem with the Dranger dry air trap drains which were first invented specifically for Radon control: http://joneakes.com/jons-fixit-database/1665-Stopping-flies-and-gasses-from-coming-out-of-my-basement-floor-drain-with-Dranjer

jon

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Debra Laurent on August 04, 2016 10:16

Thank you my son has to have some work done before he can sell his house. He bought it this way and didn't know this existed already in the home. Not sure how long it takes for someone that has been exposed to maybe have health issues?

Hello Debra,

Lung cancer from radon, like with cigarettes, can take decades to show up. If you smoke and have radon it is worse. That is why we are trying to have every house in Canada tested -- rather than finding out there has been a problem for a long time only when someone gets sick.
-- Jon

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George on July 15, 2016 18:57

Hi Jon,

Enjoy your newsletter and show on CJAD.

I had the Radon test done from Jan to April 2016. I live in Dollard-des-Ormeaux in the Elm Park area. The result I got back was 30. Just thought I would pass this on for info.

Best regards,

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Clara C. Sierra on June 30, 2016 20:37

I am so grateful for all the rich information you make available to all. Keep it coming! Thanks, Clara

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Reinhard Plank on April 03, 2016 08:32

As all your videos and educational material, it is well structured, easy to understand and focused on education.

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