The Necessity of Radon Testing Radon, a decay product of radium known as a notorious radioactive, colorless, odorless and a tasteless gas is one of the densest substances that remains a 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. Because radon is a cancer-causing radioactive gas, it is then important to test the air for it. And secondly, is because you can now either get a professional service provider who does it or get one of those self test kit. Timing is very important when testing for radon and that is why you cannot just do that testing once, it has to be re-tested at another time to get more accurate results.
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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. Even if your house has a love level of radon in a year, you cannot tell because you can have high levels the next year or so.
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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. And, if your neighbor’s house has low levels of radon, it does not follow that your house will have that level too. What I am trying to say is that the only way to know for sure if your house has high radon is to conduct a radon test often. So that you may be guided, it is helpful that you understand what the properties or radon are and how it enters a house when 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. Radon gas is known to accumulate in a home or building through door and window openings. Once inside the home or the building, changes in both soil pressure and negative pressures exhibited inside a home, will change the rate of radon entry from hour to hour, day by day, and season to season. There are somehow two general types of radon testing, as mentioned earlier, the long term and the short term testing. The difference is in the terms themselves, one takes a longer time than the other to conduct the test. For the short term test kits, these are easy to use and inexpensive. To use it, the radon testing kit is allowed two to three days to stay in the home. Because radon levels vary throughout the year, a long term test will give a more accurate picture of radon exposure to the residents.