Mike Holmes Inspector doing radon testing

Radon Screening

According to Health Canada, radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. In fact, it is responsible for 17% of all lung cancer deaths in Canada each year, exceeding that of asbestos.
Our home Inspectors are fully trained professionals to conduct a radon test in accordance to Health Canada Guidelines for a 91 day (long term test). Please note radon testing is included with a Premium Home Inspection.

What is Radon Testing?

The problem with radon is that it is an odourless and invisible gas. The only way to know if a home contains dangerous levels of radon is to test for it. What might surprise you is the fact that one house can have radon levels next to zero while the house next door can have levels that are off the charts. The levels of Radon do tend to fluctuate depending on the weather, humidity, the home’s construction and the time of year.

For example, winter is the best time to test for radon because windows and doors tend to be kept shut during most of the season, which allows any toxins in the home to build up. This provides a good reading on indoor air quality and radon levels a household is exposed to.

Homeowners are encouraged to test for radon, and book a radon test with one of our trained home inspectors in order to ensure accurate test results.

Short-Term and Long-Term Testing

There are two types of tests: a short-term test and a long-term test. A short-term tester is placed in the lower level of the home, a basement for example, for 3 days. Then the tester is picked up by the inspector and sent to the lab for analysis. Test results are back within 3 -5 days and are sent to you electronically. Getting a short-term radon test is a quick way to screen a home for radon – the test will highlight whether further investigation or mitigation is required.
Inspector using thermal imaging camera on house

Benefits of Radon Testing:

Testing is easy

Remediation is easy and cost efficient

Concentrated levels of radon over an extended period of time is the second leading cause of lung cancer, next to smoking

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Inspection Packages and Services

Essential Home Inspection

The complete essential home inspection that every home must get – no exception – covering the basement to roof and exceeds industry standards.

Extended Home

Our most popular complete home inspection also includes Thermal Imaging looking for heat loss, assessing energy efficiency and looking for value even behind the walls

Premium Home Inspection

The Mike Holmes' inspection that goes even further. Protect not only your family’s safety but also their health by testing for any abnormal mold growth and radon levels in the home.

Specialty and add on services

Breathe Easy with Specialty or Add-on services that can be added to your Mike Holmes Inspection package, including screening for radon gas, testing for mold, or Indoor Air Quality readings for your family health & peace of mind.

Expert Witness Services

Our home inspectors can provide specialty expert witness services, providing neutral third party expert opinions based on his/her evaluation of a home.
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According to Health Canada, radon is the second leading cause of radon induced lung cancer in non-smokers. In fact, it is responsible for 16% deaths in Canada each year.
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Mike Holmes Inspectors use a moisture meter and infrared camera to check areas of concern for possible moisture infiltration.
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Well Water

Mike Holmes Inspections offers four (4) packages that can help identify harmful bacteria in your Well water.
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We recommend that septic system inspections be performed on an annual basis and prior to purchasing a home.
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Not all Specialty & Add-on services are available in all areas, please contact us at 1-888-563-5699 for more information.