Why Test For Radon?
Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that is caused by the breakdown of uranium in soil, rock, and water. It is the second leading cause of lung cancer and is dangerous because you cannot see, taste, or smell it. According to the EPA, radon testing is the only way to know what levels are occurring in your home.
The EPA recommends that if your radon levels are 4 Pico curries per liter (pCi/L) or higher, you should take action to reduce your radon levels.
What is Radon Testing?
Since you cannot see, smell, or taste radon, special equipment is needed to detect it. There are two types of radon test kits: passive, and active.
· Passive devices- these do not need power to function. These types of tests are set up so they are exposed to the air in order to detect the amount of radon that is present. They are then sealed and sent to a lab to be analyzed. Passive devices come in both short-term tests and long-term tests.
o Short-term tests: These generally stay in your home anywhere from 2 to 90 days. The benefits of these being that you receive your radon test results more quickly and are able to take action sooner. The minimum amount of time required to run a short-term test is 48 hours.
o Long-term test: These stay in your home for 90 days or more. Although the wait time is longer for results, they allow you to get a better understanding of the average levels of radon in your home year-round.
· Active devices- these require power in order to function. These types of tests are set up to continuously monitor radon levels, giving hourly reading, and average results. The benefit of active tests is that the wait time is less than that of passive radon tests because results can be evaluated right away, however the minimum amount of time required to run the test is still 48 hours.
Kits for radon testing should be set up in the lowest part of your home above your foundation such as in a basement or above a crawl space. We are happy to come out and set up a radon test kit for you so that you can determine your levels. We are licensed testers.
Radon Testing Cost
The cost of radon testing can vary, but passive tests are generally inexpensive. Active devices require power to function so they can cost a bit more than passive tests. No matter what your budget is, we want to work with you to find the best test kit for your home.
What do my Test Results Mean?
Once your home has been tested and we receive the results of your radon levels, we are then able to make an assessment on the plan of action to take from there.
The United States Congress has set a goal of reducing indoor radon levels to be no more than outdoor levels, which are about 0.4 PCi/L. If the results of your radon test come back with elevated levels of 4 pCi/L or higher it is recommended by the EPA to take action to reduce your levels. You may also want to consider reducing your levels if they are between 2 and 4 pCi/L because with modern technology, levels in most homes can be reduced to less than 2 pCi/L.
Your health and safety are our main concern, so we want to do our part in making sure the radon levels in your home are minimal. We want to work with you and your budget to make sure you get your home tested, and receive high quality solutions, so give us a call and we can set up a time to install a radon test in your home.
Follow-Up Radon Testing
After a mitigation system has been installed, we provide a follow-up test to make sure your levels are being reduced. Your health and safety are our main concern, so we want to do our part in making sure the radon levels in your home are minimal. We want to work with you and your budget to make sure you get your home tested, and receive high quality solutions, so give us a call and we can set up a time to install a radon test in your home.