Radon is formed by the natural breakdown of uranium in the soil and is in high concentration in New Brunswick. In fact, 25% of homes throughout NB have a higher than recommended level of radon as per Health Canada guidelines!
Any home could have a radon problem:
• New and old homes
• Well-sealed and drafty homes
• Homes with or without basements
Why radon enters homes
Air pressure inside homes is lower than the
pressure in the soil. Therefore, the higher pressure
under the building forces radon gas through floors
and walls and into your home.
Factors that affect radon levels in a home include:
• The amount of uranium in the ground around and under the home.
• The entry points available into your home (cracks in the foundation, crawl spaces, etc.).
• The way your home is ventilated.
Some of the steps you can take to reduce radon levels in your home include:
• Renovating existing basement floors, particularly earth floors.
• Sealing cracks and openings in walls and floors, and around pipes and drains.
• Ventilating the sub-floor of basement floors.