One dangerous thing about Radon is that you cannot detect it, by taste, color or odor. So, the only method to find out whether there is Radon in your house is to test for it. Don’t worry; unlike most of you think, it is an easy task and does not require much effort. Of course, you will have to follow a bunch of steps and pick the right type of Radon detection methods for your needs to prevent it. In this article, we will tell you in detail about the steps you should follow for testing your home for Radon gas. If there’s a positive response, you will have to follow Radon mitigation systems as well.
How Can I Do a Radon Test at Home?
Here, you have two choices. Either, you can do it all by yourself. Or, if you don’t want to take some effort, it is always good to hire some professional experts. Nevertheless, if you ask us, it always makes sense to do a device-based test for Radon first and then consult an expert for further actions to be done. Because of that same fact, we will be talking about how you can test for radon, all by your own.
So, first of all, you have to get a Radon Detector device. It’s a pre-packaged device with enough hardware to find out the presence of Radon at a particular place. If you think about it, just talking about the presence is not enough — you have to know if the levels are beyond healthy considerations. So, as it happens, the device can also give you precise information on the amount of radon exists in your home/room.
But, that’s not so direct, because there are two types of Radon detectors in market.
Types of Radon Detectors
We will have an overview on both the major types of radon detectors — Active Radon Detectors and Passive Radon Detectors.
Active Radon Detectors
These are the modern type of Radon detectors you can find in the market. These are a bit expensive but can be quite useful in the long run. Active radon detectors not only detect the amount of radon in the room but also show the amount in the attached display. Depending on the budget, you can get LCD or LED display for the purpose. In some advanced devices, you can get different sets of information such as short-term average and long-term average and even humidity and temperature.
Passive Radon Detectors
If you are looking for an inexpensive solution, you should go for Passive Radon Detectors. These devices do have only one task — to detect the amount of Radon that is present in your room or hall. After a particular time for detection, you have to send the unit back to the corresponding labs, where it would be analyzed. In a few days or weeks, you will receive a detailed report about the presence of radon and things to do about it. These devices require you to wait a few days for detection and knowing about further actions.
The Choice and Selection
This really depends upon why you are getting it and how much you will be using the radon detector for. For instance, if you are looking for a single-time usage, we would recommend going for Passive Radon detectors. Once you have sent it back to the lab, you can get the right suggestions from expert team. On the other hand, if you are looking for a continuous detection and analysis, active detectors are good. Depending on the need, you can get long-term or short-term readings of radon presence. According to the results, the necessary actions can also be taken. Here, however, you need the external support once again.
After You Have Brought
Depending on the type of radon detector you have bought, you have to do the following things.
If You Have an Active Detector,
- You have to do a test on long-term or short-term manner
- Note down the Radon reading that you got at the end of the session
- Consult a professional expert with this Radon reading results
- Or, you can get some authentic sources to verify the healthy levels of radon/
And, if the existing Radon levels are higher than the healthy bar, you have to take some steps for mitigation.
If You Have a Passive Detector,
- Place the radon detector in a room/hall for the mentioned period of time.
- After the course of time, you have to take the device out and send it to the mentioned address.
- Wait for a few days or weeks, while the unit would be analyzed for understanding the amount of gas present.
- You will receive a detailed report — an authoritative one — with the amount and suggestion on the removal of same.
Now, you can take the right decisions to remove the presence of Indoor radon at your home.
Although it seems otherwise, Radon detection and tests are not Rocket Science. They can be done with the same simplicity of using a mobile phone or something. So, that’s a good thing to protect your home and your family from cancerous diseases, don’t you think?