Radon is a powerful and potentially harmful gas that is also even more terrifying because it
is virtually invisible to the naked eye. It has no color and no odor and it is responsible for more deaths from lung cancer every year than any other cause except for smoking. The best way to prevent the effects of lung cancer is to make sure that you do not get it in the first place, and the best way to avoid exposure is to make sure that you are conducting radon testing in any place that you spend a significant amount of time, such as your home and your place of business. Testing in your home is a very important test that should always be performed during the process of purchasing a home. If you skipped that step during the home closing then do not worry, it is never too late to do the necessary testing and to have radon reduction services done in your home if you find that you have radon present in there.
Radon testing can be done though buying a do it yourself kit and setting up the test yourself or you can also have an expert such as SWAT Environmental come to your home and do the testing for you. There are two types of radon tests that yåou can perform to check the radon levels short term tests and long term tests. The short term test is set up and in the home and left for two to three days to gather information on radon levels. This is a great way to initially check for singes of radon, but it does not always capture an accurate picture of the amount of radon in your home before it only looks at a very small window of time. Most experts recommend that when you are testing for radon levels to start with the short term test first and then move to the long term testing if your results come back as 4 pCI/l and higher.
Tips for accurate radon level testing: When you set up a radon test in your home, make sure that you follow all of the instructions on the testing process. With short term tests, you will want to make sure that you keep all of your windows and doors closed around the area where you are testing. It is okay to continue using your normal heating and air conditioning systems just as you normally would, as well as using the ceiling fans in that area, but try to avoid using any systems that bring in air from outside of the house as opposed to simply recirculating air. In addition to keeping doors and windows closed during the test, you also want to close all of them at least 12 hours before you start the testing.
Deciphering your test results: Radon levels when tested inside are typically around 1.3 pCI/L. Any test results that are done inside that come back higher than that should look into radon mitigation control options.