Radon Reduction: Determining Radon Gas Levels in your Home
One of the most threatening things to our health sometimes are the most unnoticeable. Radon is a gas that rises from deep underground where radioactive material decomposes. As the radon gas rises up to the surface, it will eventually dissipate into the air. However, some gas can make its way into homes through the foundation where it builds up and threatens the household and since it is odorless and colorless, it is very hard to identify. Removing radon involves the process of Radon Mitigation but before one can work on mitigating radon one must first test the levels of radon through radon testing.
Testing the level of radon gas in your home is actually quite easy. The first thing to start off with is using a short-term radon test. You will find that short-term radon test last between two to seven days. When conducting the test, it is important that you place the test in the lowest part of the house since that is where the radon starts entering. If your house is built on different foundations, you will need more than one test to test them all individually. Avoid conducting the radon test in the laundry or kitchen area.
When buying a short term radon test, you can find that they come in a wide variety. There are short term test it little bags and there are also ones that come in vials while others come in little cans. Radon tests can be bought online or in a hardware store, or in nearby testing labs. When using a radon test before Radon Mitigation it is important to go over the instructions carefully.
Twelve hours before setting up the radon test, it is important to keep all openings closed which includes doors or windows unless for entering and leaving purposes. You should also avoid using fans which can draw in outdoor air. When setting up the test, you will want to follow these tips:
- Make sure it is in an area where it won’t be moved or disturbed
- Three feet from any window and/or door or opening to the outdoors
- Must be around six feet from the flooring
- Distant from other objects with at least four inches space
Your radon test also shouldn’t be place in an area which is humid since this can sometimes alter the results of the testing. This is why it is recommended not to put the radon test in the kitchen area, laundry area, or the washroom for that matter. You also don’t want to place the test somewhere near the gaps and openings in the foundation where the radon directly enters because this may show a high level or radon. You will want to test for the level of radon once it has mixed with the air inside the house.
Once the time duration for the short term test is done, follow the instructions and carefully pack it and have it sent to a testing lab. Once you have the results you can then determine the course of action for Radon Mitigation in your house.