Do I Need Radon Testing?
Radon testing is performed to test for radon, a potentially-carcinogenic radioactive gas that’s found naturally in the Earth’s crust, which can cause lung cancer. Radon has been found in homes all over the United States, and the only way to identify it is by having a radon test done, so we highly recommend investing in a radon test if you’re still in the process of buying a home, or if you have recently purchased a home.
What’s The Process Like?
Radon testing typically uses testing devices called “passive devices.” These include charcoal canisters, alpha-track detectors, as well as other devices. Short term tests usually take somewhere between 48 hours and 90 days, while long-term tests will be in place for 90+ days. Short-term tests are better for getting immediate results, while long-term tests can help you understand potential seasonal fluctuations in your home’s radon levels.
After the test has been in place for at least 48 hours, a certified professional will then take the test to a laboratory, where it will be analyzed, and radon levels will be assessed, and a report will be issued to you.
What Are The Benefits Of Radon Testing?
The biggest benefit of radon testing is safety. Radon is a chief cause of lung cancer, causing more than 21,000 cases according to the EPA’s 2003 Assessment of Risks from Radon in Homes.
Radon testing also helps you determine how you can solve this problem, and take steps to remedy high radon levels, like install a radon reduction system. Radon can often be drawn away from the home using an exhaust system, or by installing high-density plastic sheeting that makes it difficult for the gas to pass through the foundation and crawlspaces.
If you’re interested in radon testing, either for your own home or for a home you’re interested in buying, we encourage you to schedule your appointment with us right away. You can also contact us for more details about the radon testing process, and information about the risks of undisclosed radon issues in your home.