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The amount of radon within the air is determined in “picocuries per liter of air,” or “pCi/L.” There are plenty of kinds of inexpensive “diy” radon test kits you can get through the mail and in several hardware stores and other retail outlets. One of the most effective short-term radon testing kits I have found from my experience and have worked with for years is from RTCA.
In the event that you live in a state that mandates a license or certification to conduct a radon test, call AHIT, as we offer a Radon Certification Course which is approved in all states. Remember a number of states mandate live classroom instruction, which AHIT can additionally help you with. You may also reside in a state which doesn’t have any type of requirements therefore going above and beyond in order to become certified demonstrates competence.
The quickest way to test is with short-term tests. Short-term tests remain in your home for 2 days to 90 days, depending on the device. “Charcoal canisters,” “alpha track,” “electret ion chamber,” “continuous monitors,” and “charcoal liquid scintillation” detectors are a few of the most commonly used kinds for short-term testing. Since radon levels often tend to vary from day to day as well as season to season, a short-term test is less probable than a long-term test to show you the year-round average radon level. If you need results right away, however, I strongly recommend that you conduct a short-term test followed by a second short-term test in order to determine whether or not to repair the home.
EPA Recommends the Following Testing Steps:.
Step 1: Take a short-term test.
Step 2: If your result is 4 pCi/L or higher, follow up with either a long-term test or a second short-term test (for real estate transactions this will be an additional short-term test).
Step 3: If you followed up with a second short-term test, the higher your short-term results, the more certain you can be that you ought to take measures to lower levels in your house. It is strongly advised that you consider repairing your home if the average of your first and second test is 4 pCi/L or greater.
How to Use a Test Kit:.
Abide by the instructions that come with your test kit. If you are performing a short-term test, close the windows and exterior doors and have them stay closed as much as possible throughout the test. Heating and air-conditioning system fans that re-circulate air may be operated. Do not run fans or other machines, that bring in air from outside. Fans which are part of a radon-reduction system or small exhaust fans running only for brief time periods may run throughout the test. If you are performing a short-term test lasting just 2 or 3 days, don’t forget to shut your windows and exterior doors at least 12 hours prior to beginning the test. You should not conduct short-term tests lasting just 2 or 3 days during unusually severe storms or periods of unusually strong winds. The test kit need to be put in the lowest lived-in level of the house (for example, the basement if it is regularly used, if not the 1st floor). It needs to be put in a room which is used regularly (such as a living room, playroom, den or bedroom) but not your kitchen or bathroom. Put the kit at least 20 inches above the floor in a spot where it won’t be disturbed – far from drafts, high heat, high humidity, as well as exterior walls. Leave the kit in position for as long as the package says. After you’ve completed the test, reseal the package and send it to the laboratory specified on the package right away for analysis. You should get your test results within a few days depending on the lab.