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Old 05-23-2019, 04:44 PM   #121
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I thought I read somewhere the whole Radon craze was super overblown, but I can't seem to find the article.

Anyone remember anything like that or am I making it up?
Troutman posted something early in this thread.

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Old 05-24-2019, 08:25 AM   #122
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I thought I read somewhere the whole Radon craze was super overblown, but I can't seem to find the article.

Anyone remember anything like that or am I making it up?
Ya sure.

Just every health industry in the world including health canada and countless studies have shown it’s an issue.

Oh, by the way, smoking can actually be good for you.
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Old 06-05-2019, 01:56 PM   #123
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Cbe looks to test radon in 26 schools

https://www.google.ca/amp/s/calgaryh...26-schools/amp
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Old 06-05-2019, 03:54 PM   #124
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Question - is it a conflict of interest to offer radon "tests" and radon "mitigation"?

https://disasterblaster.com/news-sho...o-testing.html
https://akronradon.com/testing-vs-mi...-of-interests/
http://www.premiercorp.ca/radon-need-know/

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To avoid a conflict of interest, radon testing should not be performed by the contractor that installed the mitigation system.
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Old 06-05-2019, 04:00 PM   #125
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Question - is it a conflict of interest to offer radon "tests" and radon "mitigation"?
I get your point, but is it a conflict to offer diagnosis of car problems and also repairs?

That's the model for a ton of service industries as the expertise between diagnosing and fixing highly overlaps. Granted, a lot of those have regulation because of people screwing customers.

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Old 06-05-2019, 04:03 PM   #126
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The nice thing is you can verify it yourself independently for fairly cheap.
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Old 06-05-2019, 04:52 PM   #127
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I think if anything you should never use the company that identifies a problem to solve it, unless you also quote to others who can see it as well. This is a practice that should be used in almost any walk of life.
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At the cost of radon testing, I'm pretty sure no one can make any money doing it so they generate all their profit on mitigation. But that does lead to the potential for unscrupulous companies to report high results to get the mitigation work.
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Old 06-06-2019, 12:17 PM   #129
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Had mitigation done this past February. Pre-mitigation levels (using a digital tester from Amazon) were between 225 - 350 in the basement bedroom where my daughter sleeps. Started switching furnace fan to run intermittently which lessened the range to 175 - 250. Decided to go ahead with mitigation.
After mitigation, digital tester showed 15-30.
Still did the little puck thing post mitigation to be sure. Tested for 90 days. Levels came back as 32 +/- 6.
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Old 09-29-2019, 02:29 PM   #130
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I tested and got 274 for our basement probably going to do mitigation.

Health Canada says to few with it after 200

World heath organization says you should after 100
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I just got my test back this morning. 141. Not yet sure if I'll do any mitigation.
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I just got my test back this morning. 141. Not yet sure if I'll do any mitigation.
For borderline results you might also want to consider how you use your basement (presuming that is where you did the test). Radon is usually higher in the winter and often higher at night. If you are using the basement extensively or have a bedroom down there that might tip you towards doing it; if your basement is more for storage it is less of a concern.
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Old 10-02-2019, 10:58 AM   #133
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3.6 Roentgen... not great, not terrible.
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For borderline results you might also want to consider how you use your basement (presuming that is where you did the test). Radon is usually higher in the winter and often higher at night. If you are using the basement extensively or have a bedroom down there that might tip you towards doing it; if your basement is more for storage it is less of a concern.
Okay, thanks for the info. One of my kids will probably be moving into the room down there within the next couple of years. I guess next year I'll start mitigation in anticipation of that.
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For borderline results you might also want to consider how you use your basement (presuming that is where you did the test). Radon is usually higher in the winter and often higher at night. If you are using the basement extensively or have a bedroom down there that might tip you towards doing it; if your basement is more for storage it is less of a concern.
The difference between floors is about 15%. I might be mistaken on why that exactly happens but it might have something to do with the hole under the furnace that pulls the air up and through your house.
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The difference between floors is about 15%. I might be mistaken on why that exactly happens but it might have something to do with the hole under the furnace that pulls the air up and through your house.
15% would be toward the low end of the difference, but it varies and depends on a lot of factors (type of basement, HVAC design, etc.). There isn't perfect air mixing throughout a house so generally a heavy gas entering in through the basement slab will have higher concentrations in the basement than higher storeys (most studies I've seen have ranged from 15% to 50% decrease), which is why testing is done in basements first.
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Interest, we just got a newsletter from school saying they were going to initiate radon testing at the school and deliver the results to parents in a few months. Is this random or are all CBE schools doing this?
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UCalgary study finds short term tests not accurate.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calga...gary-1.5384088
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