This test is great option to get a very accurate reading of a home’s radon level. Due to the length of the testing period you can live in the home as normal and no testing restrictions are placed on the occupants. Results are run by an external lab.
This is the most popular form of radon testing. Often used in real estate transactions these test offer a fast turn around time for results. These tests also come with a report that showcase hourly radon readings for the home. Due to the short duration of the test some testing regulations apply.
Every home should be tested for radon regardless of where the home is located, the age of the home, or foundation type. It should be tested whether or not the home is in an area that is “prone to having radon problems.” Homes with elevated radon levels have been found in practically every county in the United States. The U.S. EPA has established that if a home or building is found to have a radon level of 4 pCi/L or higher, action should be taken to reduce it. The EPA also recommends that homeowners test their house every two years to monitor how their radon levels change over time. Basement & Radon Solutions, BRS Pros, is fully licensed for both radon testing & mitigation. Due to COVID there is a limited service area with Radon testing & mitigation. Call our office for what radon testing is available in your area. Both types of radon testing, where available, cost $150+tax.
If you do your own in-home test, it is recommended that you use two EPA approved passive radon testing devices. Read the installed testing device instructions prior to starting the test. Be aware that any test lasting less than a week requires closed-house conditions.
Closed house conditions means keeping all windows on all levels closed, keeping doors closed except for normal entry and exit, and not operating fans or other machines which bring air in from outside (except for fans that are part of a radon reduction system, or small exhaust fans that operate for only short periods of time).
Begin closed-house conditions at least 12 hours before the start of the short-term test. Take control of your environment
Maintain closed-house conditions during the entire duration of the short term test, especially for tests less than one week in duration. Operate home heating or cooling systems normally during the test. For tests lasting less than one week, only operate air conditioning units that recirculate interior air.