When you live in a home that’s prone to radon gas contamination, it’s important to know how to detect the presence of radon in your home. You can purchase a home radon detection kit to test for the presence of radon gas in your home. However, if you want to be sure that your radon level is acceptable, you should seek a radon testing service. These services will send a detector to your home that stays on the property for at least 90 days.
Radon testing is a simple, non-invasive procedure that measures radon levels in your home. Professional radon testing services use a passive canister filled with activated carbon, which absorbs the radon gas and sends it to a lab for analysis. Most passive tests are unobtrusive and only take 48 hours, although some testing providers may require you to leave windows open during the test. This method has two important benefits: it is inexpensive and easy to perform.
Radon detection kits
The cost of radon testing services and a specialized EPA-approved radon detector can vary widely. Passive testing will typically cost about $50, while an active test will run anywhere from $150 to $250. Radon levels are measured in picocuries per liter of air, and if they are above the EPA’s action level of 4.0 pCi/L, mitigation should be immediate and comprehensive. Using a radon detector at home can also be inexpensive and fast, which is especially important for a home inspection.
Active radon detectors
Active radon detectors (ACD) are used to measure radon concentrations. These instruments measure the radon concentration in a given space using a noncontact battery-operated electret reader. Active radon detectors can be classified into short-term (two to fifteen days) and long-term (three to 12 months). Both types of detectors have been described in various countries and have shown excellent accuracy when used in accordance with standard operating procedures.
Indoor radon levels
Radon testing services can measure radon levels in your home. Radon levels in homes fluctuate on a daily basis. Changes in weather, furnace operation, and opening/closing windows can all influence radon levels. However, an independent radon testing service can help you determine your home’s radon levels. This test is not invasive and will take about an hour.
Health effects of high radon levels
The EPA publishes a booklet titled A Physician’s Guide to Radon. The booklet is intended for health care professionals, while a tri-fold brochure is designed for doctors’ offices. Both publications provide basic information about radon’s effects on human health. Radon is the most common form of radioactive gas found in the atmosphere. It has been associated with lung cancer and can damage the lungs.