What Are the Different Types of Radon Gas Testing

by | Jan 3, 2017 | Air Quality

Radon gas is colorless, doesn’t have any smell or taste, and it is something you cannot see or feel. You won’t even know if you are consuming the toxic gas that could cause you lung cancer over time. If your home has cracks, seals and holes in the floors, walls and foundation of the house, radon gas can easily seep into your house and contaminate the air and water. Radon gas testing can be done in 3 ways. There is the short-term radon test, the long-term radon test and then the professional testing, which is continuous radon monitoring.

Short-Term Radon Gas Testing

A short-term radon test can be conducted between 2 to 90 days. The system is installed within 2 to 7 days till it actually starts to function. It is a cheap service, and you can even do this yourself by buying the short-term radon test kit from any store or order it online. Once you have done the test, you can then reseal the absorber and send it back to the lab to be processed and evaluated to see what radon levels your house has.

Long-Term Radon Gas Testing

The long-term radon test takes more than 90 days and is usually an ongoing test that can even go up to a year if you want the most accurate radon levels. This test is known to be more accurate than the short-term test. Once the test is complete after your months of screening and evaluations, you can then return the test to the lab for it to be processed and evaluated. These tests are usually much more expensive than short-term tests, but they give you accurate results.

Professional Radon Gas Testing

When you hire a professional to do your radon gas testing, they will install different monitors to continuously check your radon levels. The tests consist of scintillation, ionization chamber and solid state detection. These tests give you the highest accuracy and are also the highest priced out of all the tests.


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