Accurate testing makes sure the Radon remediation is successful
Radon is a radioactive gas that develops naturally in the ground or water and can make its way into the homes of unsuspecting residents. Prolonged exposure to radon gas can cause lung cancer when the invisible gas is inhaled. Radon gas is the second highest leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, second only to smoking cigarettes. With such a high rate of cancer causing cases, you would think that logical many people would be aware of radon testing and the various radon reduction systems that are available to homeowners in order to remove this risk from your home, but for some reason many people do not perform radon testing even though it is quick and easy and relatively inexpensive to do.
Radon testing can be done by a professional radon testing and radon mitigation company, or there are even kits that can be purchased directly and can be done by the homeowner. If you are interested in testing a home that you already live in, then the do it yourself testing approach is often quick and easy and preferable to many people, but if you are interested in testing for radon in a home that you are considering purchasing, then using a professional company to get for it is going to be much easier than asking for access to a home that you do not yet own. A qualified tester can make sure that radon testing is quick and easy and often the testing can even be written into the purchasing contract.
When it comes to radon testing, there are two main kinds of tests that can be used in order to detect radon in a home: short term testing and long term testing.
Short term testing: This kind of testing is much quicker and will give the homeowner results in as little as two days. These kinds of tests are called charcoal canisters, electric ion chamber, continuous monitors, alpha track, or charcoal liquid scintillation detectors. The instructions for each test are going to vary slightly, but they typically involve setting the test in a area for a specified period of time and then deciphering the result. Short term tests are great for people that are trying to close a sale on a house and need results back quickly, but they also have a few drawbacks. The biggest drawback is that radon gas is not always produced at a constant rate. This means that the year round radon levels in a home will spike up and down, so a two day test that observes the radon levels is not going to as accurate as a long term test.
Long term testing is when a radon test is placed in a home for no less than 90 days. The longer period of time can give a more accurate result that outlines the various ebb and flow of the radon levels in a home. This can make it easier to outline a radon abatement plan that addresses the actual levels of radon in a home.