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Why Radon Testing is Important Radon is a decay product of radium which is a notorious radioactive, colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas and one of the densest substances that remain as gas under normal conditions and is considered a health hazard due to its radioactivity. There are many options to consider when testing the presence of radon is the air, the when and the why one needs to test it. Foremost of which is that radon is cancer-causing radioactive gas. The second reasons is that testing is now easy with a professional service provider or a self test kit which you can get. In choosing any of these options, you have to somehow consider that you cannot just have your home tested once but have to be re-tested since timing in the long term or the short term accuracy is of the greatest concern.
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People might not be aware of it, but the amount of radon in a home can fluctuate in a given day or year, due to changes like weather or home usage. A house that has low level of radon one year can have a high level a year or two later.
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Other than that, it must not also be assumed that if a house has an operating radon mitigation system, that it is at an acceptable level which is below 4?0pCi/L, for often they are not. Likewise, if your neighbor’s house tested low it is no indication that yours will too. This simply means that the only way that you can tell the radon level in your house is to conduct a radon test often. Understanding the properties of radon and how it enters a house is helpful when you are testing for it. First of all, the vast majority of radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that rises out of the ground, is found all over the U.S. and can enter all types of buildings. The way that radon gas accumulates in a home or building is through the openings like doors and windows. Changes in soil pressure and negative pressures exhibited inside the home will change the rate of radon entry hourly, daily, and seasonally. There are two types of radon testing, the long term and the short term testing. They are differentiated by the length of time it takes to conduct the test. For the short term test kits, these are easy to use and inexpensive. These test devices are usually placed in the home for about two to three days. If you want a more accurate picture of radon levels in your home, it will take the long term test due to the varying levels of radon found in the home throughout the year.