What is a Radon Test : Testing your Home for Radon Levels

Radon is a health hazard. Living with high levels of Radon is detrimental to your health.

So, what is a Radon test. Testing for Radon is just the first step to a healthier life. Radon test kits can be ordered and delivered to your home. 

Read on to find out more about a Radon Gas test, and how to interpret the results.

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What is a Radon Test: Different Types of Test

There are two different types of Radon test. Short term and long term test. Short terms are generally for 21 days. Long term tests are generally 90 – 100 days. If you are unsure which type of test would be suitable, contact us for more information. You may choose to test for Radon when you are buying or selling a property or you may just like to carry out a test for peace of mind.

What is a Radon Test : Your Test Results

Radon is measured by Becquerels per cubic meter of air (Bq-m3). Radon is a naturally occurring substance, so no test will ever come back negative. Long levels of exposure to Radon are harmful. There is no safe level of Radon, and a target level for your home is recommended under 100 Bq-m3 however the low the levels the better.

If your test results show levels higher than 200 Bq-m3, we highly recommend that you mitigate your home. This level is also known as the action level for Radon.

Depending on your test results, you might like to follow up with another short term or a long term test. If your levels are below action level, then it is recommended that you re-test within 5 years.

We recommend testing should be undertaken shortly following any major building works which change the characteristics of the property such as cavity wall insulation, loft insulation, central heating, double glazing & alterations to the fabric of the building.