What are the Different Types of Radon Testing?

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Radon is a harmful gas that the EPA estimates is responsible for about 21,000 deaths per year.  High Radon levels can be found in homes in every state.  We have found high levels of radon in both new and old homes and homes with and without basements, The only way to know if your home has high levels is to perform a radon test. The process of testing your home for radon is easy.  If the home you are considering should test high for radon, you have the opportunity to negotiate the costs of radon mitigation by the seller in your due diligence period.

A qualified Radon Mitigation contractor, will install a system that will essentially pull radon from the home and expel is safely outside.

Read on to learn more on Radon gas.

What is Radon?

Radon is a colourless and odourless radioactive gas that is generally produced by decaying uranium. However, Radon is present in nearly all types of soils at low levels. Long-term exposure to high Radon levels, especially if it gets in your house, will increase vulnerability to lung cancer.

It isn’t easy to assess the amount of Radon that must have filled the house and floors. Hence, with a professional radon test you can easily get the levels. Hire a professional as soon as possible, to get the levels of Radon mitigated.

What are the types of Radon testing?

Short-Term Radon Tests

With Electret ion tests, you can measure the Radon levels for 2-7 days. Your radon professional will retrieve the Electret canisters and read the levels in our lab. Having a professional conduct the radon testing is essential to the real estate transaction as high radon levels may be a  point of negotiation.   In addition to Electret ion tests, a home buyer can purchase a charcoal canister test from a home improvement store and mail the test to a national lab for results in 10-14 days,

Continuous Radon Tests

Continuous Radon tests are used for short-term and long-term monitoring of Radon levels. Professionals use an ionisation chamber to collect air samples continuously. The continuous monitoring process helps to keep the levels of Radon in check. Hence, if you find that the levels have gone up, you can mitigate as soon as possible.

At BPG Inspections, we offer Radon Testing services for both residential and commercial clients. Radon testing services can be coordinated with your home inspection.