Radon Testing Atlanta Since 2007
Radon Testing for Atlanta and North Georgia
Once you’re aware of the dangers of radon gas, testing for radon is easy. The process should take just a few short minutes to find a suitable location for a radon test kit. There are several kinds of low-cost “do-it-yourself” radon test kits available through on-line retail outlets, and at hardware and other home improvement retail outlets. You can also get a test kit through the University of Georgia.
Follow the Radon Test Kit Directions Carefully
The directions for the radon test kit should be followed carefully because the length of time the kit should be exposed to the air varies. The most common commercially available passive test kits are charcoal canisters, e-perm and alpha track detectors, and charcoal liquid scintillation devices. A test kit is placed in the basement or lowest lived-in level of a home, and after a specified amount of time the kit is mailed to the manufacturer or testing center to be analyzed.
Short Term or Long Term Test?
The EPA “action” level of 4 pCi/L actually represents an annual average. A short-term test remains in your home for two days to 90 days, whereas a long-term test remains in your home for more than 90 days. All radon tests should be taken for a minimum of 48 hours. A short-term test will yield faster results, but a long-term test will give a better understanding of your home’s year-round average radon level. Because radon levels tend to vary from day to day, and season to season, a short term test is less likely to predict radon variances over time than a long-term testing kit.
What Do Your Radon Test Results Mean?
The U.S. Congress has set a long-term goal that indoor radon levels be no more than outdoor levels; about 0.4 pCi/L of radon is normally found in the outside air. EPA recommends fixing your home if the results one long-term test or the average of two short-term tests show radon levels of 4 pCi/L or higher. With today’s technology, radon levels in most homes can be reduced to 2 pCi/L or below. You may also want to consider fixing if the level is between 2 and 4 pCi/L.
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