There are two basic types of radon testing – short term and long term. Both are useful with the short term method being the most frequently used. However, the long term radon testing method is the most reliable. Radon-Rid performs both types of radon testing for your home or facility.
Short-Term Radon Testing
This method is the quickest way of radon testing. Short-term radon testing equipment includes a charcoal canister, alpha track, electret ion chamber, continuous monitors, and charcoal liquid scintillation detectors, which lasts anywhere from two (2) to ninety (90) days. Radon levels vary from day to day and season to season, so testing radon through the short-term process is less likely to tell you your year-round average radon level. A short-term radon test followed by a second short-term radon test generates quick results in determining whether to remediate your home or property
Long-Term Radon Testing
A long-term radon testing service remains on your property for more than ninety (90) days. Common equipment for this type of testing includes an alpha track and electret detectors. A long-term test is different from a short-term test because, though it requires more time, it provides a reading that will tell you your home’s year-round average radon level.
EPA Recommendations for Radon Testing
The EPA recommends taking a short-term radon test, and if the results are 4 pCi/L or higher, then proceed with a follow-up test to make certain. If the short-term radon testing result is high (about 10 pCi/L or higher), then the best direction is taking a short-term follow-up test instead of a long-term follow up test. Results for radon at an average of 4 pCi/L or higher on the first and second tests are in need of remediation.
Why Trust a Qualified Radon Remediation Contractor?
Qualified radon testers should:
- Review testing guidelines and measurement results and determine additional measures
- Evaluate the problem and include a proposal on how radon will be lowered
- Take the necessary measures to install and design a radon-reduction system
- Install the system according to DEP Mitigation Standards and state codes
- Make certain the finished system effectively reduces the radon to safe levels
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