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, and how do I do one. Testing for Radon is just the first step to a healthier life. Radon test kits can be ordered and delivered to your home in the UK. If you prefer, ask your Radon testing experts to visit your home and carry out testing for you. 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 tests generally range from 2 to 90 days. Long term tests range from 91 days to a year. If you are unsure which type of test would be suitable, contact your local Radon mitigation and testing experts. 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 picocuries present in each litre of air (pCi/L). Radon is a naturally occurring substance, so no test will ever come back negative. Average outdoor concentration is around 0.4; indoor levels average 1.3 pCi/L. Long levels of exposure to Radon are harmful. There is no safe level of Radon, and a maximum level of 4.0 is recommended for homes. If your test results show levels higher than 4.0, 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. If anything is done to your home that could cause levels to change, then re-test. Fitting a heating system or an air-conditioning system are two common things that can cause levels to change.

What is a Radon Test : Using your Home Testing Kit Correctly.

If you opt for a home testing kit, follow the instructions very carefully. Always carry out your test downstairs, not on upper floors of your home. Keep doors and windows shut whilst you are testing. Do not conduct a test in an area of high heat, drafts, or humidity. Your lounge room is the ideal area for carrying out a Radon Test. Never test in your laundry room, kitchen, or bathroom.

Home testing kits need to be sent to a laboratory for analysis. Do not delay on sending your kit away. If you fail to send your kit away within a week of testing, the results will be invalid. Always note down the serial number of your test kit for reference. Send your kit of priority post. Of for a Radon test you can really rely on, allow your local Radon Testing specialists to carry out the test for you.

 

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