Frequently Asked Questions about Radon Testing

Pennsylvania residents often call us with questions about radon, and today we will discuss some of those frequently asked questions about radon testing.

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Radon is one of the leading causes of lung cancer in the United States and affects thousands of people every year. One of the significant reasons why radon is so dangerous is because the gas is undetectable to human senses. Radon lacks any odor, color, or scent, so the only method of knowing whether a home has high radon levels is through testing.

When Should I Test My Home?

Generally speaking, radon testing can be done any time during the year and day, and for those looking to test their homes, as early as possible is encouraged. Some conditions, however, make can impact testing. Winter, for instance, is the ideal time for testing since radon levels are usually higher during winter, helping radon professionals prepare for a “worst-case scenario.” Conversely, avoid short term radon testing during storms or high winds, as air pressure and rapidly moving air can impact the results.

How Should I Test My Home?

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While testing can be done with a kit, you should call a professional certified radon testing specialist for the most reliable results. A qualified radon testing specialist has undergone the proper rigorous training needed for the task and will know the best testing method for your home. If your home needs remediation, he/she will be qualified to advise you on the next steps.

For those buying a new home, testing the new home is recommended because radon can be found in any structure.

What Are The Different Testing Methods?

The two primary forms of radon testing are short-term and long-term. The short-term testing method is the quickest and lasts from 2 to 90 days. Long-term radon testing lasts for more than 90 days and gives the tester a better idea of a home’s year-round average radon level.

What Happens After My Home Is Tested?

What happens next depends on the results of the test. If your test results were under 4 picoCuries per Liter (pCi/L), a follow-up test sometime in the future is recommended, since radon levels change over time. If the test results were over 4 pCi/L, proceed with a follow-up test to be sure of the results. An average radon level of 4 pCi/L or higher on the first and second tests indicate a need for remediation, so you can discuss with your specialist what the proper next steps may be and possibly get a recommendation for a qualified mitigation company.

Keystone ETS Provides Experienced and Certified Radon Testing and Inspection

We know that protecting your family or those who come into your place of business is important to you. Making a correct evaluation of the radon levels in your home and determining the proper strategy for mitigating those levels is important to us. We have certified, experienced, and insured radon testing and inspection specialists on our staff, so you can have peace of mind and healthy bodies. If you have any more frequently asked questions about radon testing or would like a free consultation, contact us today.