Radon Test Kit Guide

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A radon test kit is an effective and inexpensive way for you to determine the radon level in your home. Radon gas tests basically fall into two categories...

  1. Short-term (2 to 90 days)
  2. Long-term meaning a test that is left for anywhere from 90 days to 1 year.

A short-term device is most commonly used to determine the initial level of the home. If the results of a short-term test are in the 4pCi/L to 10pCi/L range the EPA suggests that a follow up long-term test might be desired to access the average long-term level of the home. But if time is a factor another short-term testing kit may be used to verify the results of the first radon test.

The EPA has estableshed 4pCi/L as the action level.
But the EPA also suggests to consider fixing the home if levels  
are between 2pCi/L and 4pCi/L...since radon poses some risk at any level.

Radon gas tests available for the public are charcoal canisters, alpha track, and charcoal liquid scintillation. These radon kits are readily available and inexpensive.

If you are purchasing a home, a radon test should be an important part of the home inspection process. In this case, a radon measurement provider will be needed to perform the the test as a neutral party to the real estate transaction. A high radon level should not be a deal buster, as radon reduction techniques can reduce levels to very acceptable levels.
Learn more about radon mitigation...

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