UPDATE as of Oct. 2015 - Do Not Use Short Term (less than 3 months) testing to determine mitigation as per BC Lung Association - here is link https://app.box.com/radonupdate
A quick summary:
For this blog my big issues is with what I am hearing from some inspectors that say radon testing should be part of a home inspection and charge an additional $100 to $300 for a short term 1 to 7 day test.
Quote from Health Canada: Testing durations of less than 2 days (48 hours) are never acceptable to determine radon concentrations for purposes of assessing the need for remedial actions.
Suggesting to do a short term test for radon is no different that saying lets test for oxygen or carbon dioxide its just a cash grab. There is no doubt that Radon is there, but what you want to know is it a potential problem, which can only be done with a long term testing as per Health Canada, World Health Organization & National Cancer Institute that all comment that a short term test is not reliable enough. That a 3 to 12 months minimum is required, especially if one is going to use the information to renegotiate or even kill a home purchase over it. Here is a link to both the World Health Organization report and the Canadian Cancer Statistics 2013.
I have highlighted and made notes in the Canadian Cancer Statistics 2013. Note PDF pages 36, 43, 44, 55.
In the World Health Organization Report. Note PDF pages 11, 12, 18, 22, 23, 24, 36, 38, 40, 43, 44, 93.
To solve my curiosity I have ordered online a "Safety Siren Pro Series3 Radon Gas Detector, HS79712 Canada version" for $139 (price within reason and recommended by Consumer Reports). There are many more products and prices available online.
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