Radon Protection and How to Check for Radon

What is Radon?

Radon is a colorless, odorless, radioactive gas which is created when the breakdown of uranium and radium occurs. Radon gas is continuously released from rocks and soil containing these two elements. Uranium and radium may be found in almost all soil and rock, but are most common being associated with those containing granite, shale, and phosphate.

Why is Radon Protection Important?

Radon causes lung cancer. It is estimated that it is the number one cause of lung cancer in non-smokers. There are fifteen thousand to twenty-two thousand deaths a year that are radon-related. Radon is also found in drinking water, but the risk is much lower and is only a significant concern in certain parts of the world.

How can we Achieve Radon Protection?

The most common and the most effective way to protect ourselves and our love ones from this poisonous gas is to test for it. There are many kinds of testing kits available for you. The most basic kits are usually inexpensive, but as with many other things on the market now days, you may be able to purchase a more expensive testing kit. The charcoal canister for instance is one of the most-less expensive ones. But they are proven to be just as effective as the more expensive kits.

How to Check for Radon

Testing for radon is done in the lowest lived-in level of your home. Tests should be placed in a regularly used room. Do not test in bathrooms or kitchens because moisture can affect the accuracy of tests. These tests can essential in helping you achieve radon protection.

  1. Take a short-term test (2 to 90 days long). If your result is 4 pCi/L or higher take a follow-up test.
  2. Conduct a follow-up test with either a long-term test (90 days to one year) or a second short-term test.
  3. If you followed up with a long-term test: consider fixing your home if the result is 4 pCi/L or higher. If you followed up with a second short-term test: consider fixing if the average of your first and second tests is 4 pCi/L or higher.

Radon Testing Tips

When testing for Radon, keep in mind these few pointers:

  • When using a test device such as the charcoal canister, air sampling is usually done for twenty four to forty eight hours.
  • Before beginning a Radon Test, it is important to reduce the ventilation as much as you can. Keep all windows and doors closed. Turn off all fans and dehumidifiers, etc, for twelve hours before starting the test.
  • It is best to avoid testing for Radon during storms or windy weather.