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Travel experiences and Radon testing
Sipsi
122 Posts

Hello folks. I’ve been off the radar lately travelling to visit family after the Covid restrictions Lifted in USA and EU. Crowded airports, trains and subways, big gatherings. We have been so careful ourselves and in Canada. Now many people we’ve been with have called in Covid + since. We are still fine thankfully and back in our Canadian cocoon.

While we were away the results came from the Radon testing which read high! There were two spots we checked - a basement where the public gathers, and our main hallway in the hall of the building we live in.


377 ± 50 Bq/m3
423 ± 56 Bq/m3.

Both are high!

Between 200 and 600 they recommend Mitigate within 1 year.

i read that lung cancer is the only other detector of its presence and takes 5yrs+ of exposure to become evident.

i was diagnosed in Dec 2016 with surgery in March 2017, after living here for 13 yrs. - who knows! We have hight end filtration systems and those black radon pipes down in the basements. Just wonder how effective they really are and if the test results would be even higher should we not have those in place.

But it’s been 5 yrs since and now I’m super conscious of ‘little coughs’ etc etc, and this unsettling to say the least. My 5 yr check up is in August - delayed since March because of the Covid staff shortages. Just imagining a Radon Five Yr Rince and Repeat Cycle. Scared 😳

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Kuching
390 Posts
Sipsi‍ Welcome back! If you have radon levels that high, I would say the system you have in place isn’t doing the job. We had levels of around 700 in our basement. We installed our own system and brought it down to 80 within a few weeks. First, we sealed off any openings that came through the floor slab (around electrical conduit and plumbing pipes etc.). Then we bought an in-line radon fan, I think it cost about $40, and installed it in a 4” PVC pipe that went from the lowest part of the floor to the outside. Then we installed a radon meter, and watched the numbers drop! I hope this helps.
Sipsi
122 Posts

@Kuching Thanks for your suggestions. I definitely will check them out. There is a radon pipe in one basement but I will find out of there is an in-line fan as you mentioned. I shall get a radon meter for both spaces as well. When we started this radon census I was surprised to learn about all the science around this gas and really didn’t know anything about it before. It also am a bit surprised they haven’t made such practical suggestions as you have outlined other than to call the radon service in!

Kuching
390 Posts
Sipsi‍ Yes, we looked into having it done by a radon specialist, but we figured we could do it ourselves a whole lot cheaper. And, judging by the readings we got, it obviously worked. I hope you can find a similar solution.

@Sipsi and @Kuching

I thought I would add the info on radon found on cancer.ca in case you were looking for more information:

https://cancer.ca/en/cancer-information/reduce-your-risk/know-your-environment/radon

Lianne

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