Is there radon in your water?

You can’t see, smell or taste it, but radon is present to some degree in the air that you breathe. If you’re on a residential well, it’s likely in the water you drink.

High levels of dissolved radon are found in the groundwater in some areas flowing through granite or granitic sand and gravel formations. If you live in an area with high radon in groundwater it can get into your private well and create an entry point for radon to enter your house. Showering, washing dishes, and laundering can disturb the water and release radon gas into the air you breathe! (Source: CDC)

Since Mike Holmes Jr. installed an Airwell on the country house on Holmes + Holmes, the questions have been flooding in about radon in water.

Airwell technology works like this:

  1. Purification.

    The Airwell system recirculates and oxidizes residential well water. Water quality is improved by injecting air into the water at source. Pressurized air lifts contaminated water to the surface and releases radon gas. Airwell can also be used as a methane and sulphur mitigation system too. It will also precipitate iron out of the water.

  2. Efficiency.
    Airwell is a low voltage system, consuming roughly the same energy as a 60W light bulb. Patented aeration chamber requires no maintenance or cleaning. Airwell runs 24/7.

  3. Performance.
    Airwell does not affect a constant pressure system. Airwell pumps air 30’ below the water level.

  4. Safety.
    Water is aerated from the aquifer. Radon levels will continue to drop over time. The system is flexible in both the depth of well and the level of radon that can be mitigated.

For more information about this new technology, contact Radon Environmental.

International Builders' Show 2019 in Las Vegas

After a successful show at BUILDEX Vancouver on February 13th and 14th, we were off to exhibit in Las Vegas at the International Builders’ Show (IBS) from February 19th to 21st… and what an unbelievable week it was!

We kicked off the week at the 4th Holmes Summit with many other Holmes Approved Builders and Product partners. It was a packed day sharing ideas and learning about other Holmes Approved Products and Builders.

This was Radon Environmental’s 2nd year attending the IBS Show & Holmes Summit but our first year exhibiting at the show. What an incredible turnout! We even had Mike Holmes and Mike Holmes Jr. visit our booth on Day 2 - check out this video of the Live event.

Here are some photos from our week at IBS 2019 - we are already planning 2020!

Three Alarming Facts About Lung Cancer

#1. Lung Cancer May Not Cause Any Symptoms in its Early Stages

Signs and symptoms sometimes seen in lung cancer:

  • A cough that doesn't go away and gets worse over time

  • Chest pain that doesn't go away

  • Coughing up blood

  • Feeling short of breath

  • Wheezing

  • Losing your voice (hoarseness)

  • Getting sick with pneumonia and bronchitis a lot

  • Swollen neck and face

  • Not hungry, losing weight without trying

  • Feeling tired

These symptoms could mean lung cancer, or it could be something else. If you have these symptoms, go see your doctor to find out what’s causing the symptoms. Your doctor can say for sure what's causing the symptoms and how to treat them.

#2. Radon is the number one cause of lung cancer in non-smokers.

Health Canada, the World Health Organization, the US Environmental Protection Agency, and many other respected international authorities all agree – Radon is the number 1 cause of lung cancer for non-smokers.

Recent estimates published by the Radiation Protection Bureau of Health Canada show that 16% of lung cancer deaths are attributable to indoor radon exposure. This estimate is conservative and will increase as radon induced lung cancers are more commonly detected in the future.

#3. Radon-induced lung cancer can be avoided.

Test your home and then mitigate elevated concentrations of radon. The only way to know if you have a radon problem is to test for it. Testing for radon is easy and inexpensive.

Radon + Smoking = dangerous combination! People who smoke and are exposed to elevated levels of radon have a significantly increased risk of developing lung cancer.

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