Why is radon testing is important? Radon is an odorless, colorless radioactive gas that is sometimes responsible for causing cancer. It is the second leading cause of lung cancer and can be a problem in your home without your knowledge. People in smoking homes are at an even higher risk. Studies and research has shown that children are more at risk to the effects of radon.
Radon can get into the home by seepage through gypsum board, plastics like bags, concrete blocks, paints, mortar, sheetrock, tarpaper, insulation and wood paneling. The gas comes from a natural decomposition of uranium in the ground. It works its way up through the soil and eventually through cracks and penetration in the foundation, getting trapped inside the living area. There are many ways that this poisonous gas can enter your home.
You don’t have to wonder if your home is affected with radon because radon testing is available and relatively easy. In just a few short minutes of your time, you can determine the picocuries per liter of air existing in your home, which is how radon is detected. Several test kits are available for at-home use through the mail, other retailers and your local hardware store. Each test is simple to use and comes with complete instructions.
However, you may prefer to call Martech Group for professional accurate radon testing, especially when buying and selling your home.
There are two types of radon tests, both a passive and active type test. Passive tests are generally used to trap a product for further analysis at a later time using charcoal canisters, ion detectors, charcoal liquid scintillation detectors and alpha track detectors. Active tests works electrically with a Teflon disc that detects ion generated from radon decay. The Teflon disc picks up the radon and it is then calculated.
Since it is simple and inexpensive, how often should a home be tested for radon? Changes in the home and environment can occur causing some radon exposure such as after heating and cooling seasons. Variations can be due to new cracks in the walls, floors and foundation or any other alterations or disturbances that can lead to a penetration of radon. In fact, if you plan on any type of remodeling or renovations, it is important to do a test prior to your project. If the test is radon-positive, there are radon-resistant techniques that can be done as part of the renovation to guarantee safety in the home or business environment.
As a general rule, it is wise to test your home or business at least once every year or two to be sure your environment is good for your family and your employees . It can be a matter of a good healthy life free from the cancer-causing radioactive gas known as radon.
We employ two main methods for radon testing; short term and long term testing.
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