What Takes Place During Radon Testing
April 15, 2022

What Takes Place During Radon Testing

Just because you can’t see it or smell it doesn’t mean it’s not deadly. If you own a home, you are probably familiar with radon testing, but what happens during a radon test? Today, we will answer that question. Read on to find out!

Protect Your Home

Radon is a radioactive, hazardous gas and is the second leading cause of lung cancer according to the EPA and Surgeon General. As uranium decays, radon occurs naturally in the soil. Radon can enter your home through crawl spaces, sump pump basins, wall seams and concrete if it has cracks. You will never know if your home has radon unless you test for it

Short-Term Radon Testing

When Radon Crew comes to your home to conduct a test, rest assured you are in good hands. We are trained and certified experts who use precise, professional-grade equipment and we provide both short-term and long-term testing. For short-term tests, we will set up an open face charcoal canister in your home, which will measure radon levels in your home over a 48–96 hour period. Gamma radiation from the elements absorbed onto the charcoal will cause a light signal, which is counted using a rate meter in an independent lab. The canister cannot be disturbed during this window of time. Usually, radon levels are highest in the lowest level of your home. This is typically the basement, so we will put the canister here to get the most accurate results. You will need to refrain from opening your windows as much as possible. 

Long-Term Radon Testing

Long-term radon testing will yield the most accurate results. Radon Crew uses an Alpha Track Radon Test that has an exposure time of between 91 and 365 days. Radon tests work when they interact with radon gas during one of its stages of decay. During this process, radon releases alpha particles. Alpha particles travel so quickly that they leave a “track” when colliding with a material. This track is the basis for our results. After the testing period, we send the results to a lab. The lab will count the tracks in an exposed chip which is passed through an algorithm to calculate the radon level in your home. Since this test is conducted for such a long period of time, you are not required to close your windows or leave your home for any extended period. You can go about your day-to-day life normally. 

Keep Your Home Safe with Radon Crew

Don’t risk it – make sure your home is safe today. Radon Crew is dedicated to making sure your home and its occupants are protected from the dangers of radon. Our team will not only test for radon, but also install the right system to remove it from your home. We will help you find the best solution for your unique situation: Radon Crew offers a host of testing processes differing in duration, budget, and depth of analysis, depending on your particular needs. 

Regardless of the age of your home, radon testing is an urgent matter that should not be taken lightly. Visit our website today to get started and know for sure that you’re safe from radon.