Q & A

Here is a list of answers to the most frequently asked questions. If you have any other questions or concerns, contact us!

What is radon gas?

Radon is a natural gas. It comes from the decay chain of uranium 238. It is an odorless , invisible and inert gas escaping from the ground. Radon can enter homes through different places, such as cracks, drains or pipes.

It is also a radioactive gas. Exposure to radon can increase your chances of developing lung cancer. After tobacco, it is the second leading cause of the development of this type of cancer.

How to detect radon gas?

There are several ways to test for radon. Health Canada recommends detecting the presence of radon in a building using a dosimeter. This device should be placed in a room where you spend more than four hours a day, for 91 days. Then the dosimeter must be returned to the laboratory for analysis.

Learn more about radon gas detection here.

Does radon gas smell?

No, radon gas does not smell. It is also invisible and inert. Only a test (with the installation of a dosimeter, among others) can reveal its presence. Humans cannot detect it.

Where is radon found? Can we find radon gas in Quebec?

Radon gas can be found anywhere on our planet. It can therefore be present in Quebec as well. Certain risk areas have been targeted by Health Canada. Its concentration also depends on several other factors than just geographic location.

Since concentrations vary from house to house, the only way to measure the amount of radon in your house is to do a radon-test.

What are the symptoms of exposure to radon gas?

Exposure to radon can increase your risk of lung cancer. However, it does not cause symptoms, unlike smoking. 

How long after exposure can radon gas cause lung cancer?

The risk of lung cancer increases with the concentration of radon gas, as does the duration. The risk of cancer also increases for smokers exposed to radon, compared to non-smokers.

What are the effects of radon?

Did you know that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking? Long-term exposure to radon gas increases this risk.

When radon enters the lungs, it is broken down into radioactive particles. These particles emit small bursts of energy. Energy is absorbed by lung tissue. This damages the cells in the lungs. Damaged lung cells can cause cancer when they reproduce.

How to eliminate radon?

Radon cannot be eliminated completely, which is why we call mitigation the action taken to reduce the level of radon in buildings.

There are various solutions to achieve radon gas mitigation.

Find out more about radon mitigation measures.

How do you know if you have radon in your home?

Since radon gas is odorless, invisible and inert, the only way to detect it is to take a test. Health Canada recommends installing a dosimeter.

The results should then be analyzed in the laboratory. Our experts can suggest various radon mitigation measures depending on the results and according to your needs.

How to take a radon test? How much does a radon test cost?

The method recommended by HealthCanada to test for radon is to place a dosimeter in your building for 91 days. You can order online your dosimeter here. Radon Evolution also offers the rapid test service with a continuous reader, lasting 7 days. Contact us for more details. 

A dosimeteter costs $39, including the dosimeter, instructions, laboratory analysis and return envelope.

How do you measure radon in a house?

The radon concentration is measured in Bq/m3. To measure the amount of radon in a house, you have to install a dosimeter for a period of 91 days, in a room where you spend more than four hours a day. A quick test can also be installed by our experts. To learn more about radon testing, click here.

Which device should be used to measure radon? Where can I get it?

The radon concentration can be measured using several solutions, including the dosimeter recommended by Health Canada. Radon Evolution also offers a rapid 7-day continous reader test. Visit our online store to order a dosimeter.