Should You Do a Professional or Personal Radon Test?

If you haven’t conducted a professional or personal radon test before, or are concerned about radon mitigation in Colorado Springs or elsewhere, there is a lot to learn about it and much that you need to be aware of. Radon is an extremely harmful gas that in concentrated doses can cause irreparable damage to your health.

The Dangers of Radon Gas

 First and foremost, Radon is natural, not man made, and is radioactive and very dangerous. Radon gas is emitted as a result of uranium decaying in soil, water, and rocks. If the uranium and the emitted radon gas is out in the open, the gas will dissipate into the air and be rendered harmless. The problem and risk occurs when seeps into your home.

Radon is one of the leading causes of lung cancer, globally, and is something that should never go ignored.

Did you know that one out of every fifteen homes has unacceptable radon gas levels, somewhere in the home? Finding the source of the radon gas is largely dependent on the size of your home.

Radon can be most commonly found in any area that the exterior of your home is contacting the ground, which is why it can be commonly found in basements. The gas emissions will rise from the earth and seep into your home.

Testing Yourself

 You can find home radon test kits for reasonable prices online, and will usually cost you between $10-$40 depending on where you order it. You can usually find them at home centers and hardware stores, and the instructions for how to use them should be clearly labeled or indicated, upon opening it.

Here are the general rules of thumb that you can use when testing on your own:

  • All of your doors and windows should be closed for at least 12 hours before you perform the test.
  • You will need to place the detector into the lowest livable space in your home (usually the basement for at least  a minimum of 2 full days.
  • After you have waited for the designated time period, package the detector and send it to the lab. They should deliver the results to you promptly.

Getting a Professional to Do it

 This is of course one of the best ways that we can advise when performing a radon test. If you are in the process of selling your house, you might need a professionally certified, non-biased party to come in and test your home before you put your house on the market. This will of course be more expensive than testing on your own, but hiring a professional radon clearing business is the best way to test the radon status of your home.