Radon is one problem most homeowners don’t even think about on a regular basis. Some estimates say that it can affect 1 out of every 15 homes in the United States, and high levels can lead to issues like lung cancer. Since radon is odorless and invisible, you need to test your home for it to even be aware that it is there. There are two main ways to complete the testing process.
- Radon Testing Kits from the Store- You can go to most home improvement or hardware stores to find a radon testing kit or even order one online. These are designed to be easy to use and are charcoal kits. You will want to get a short-term test that you put in place for somewhere between two and seven days, sometimes up to 90 days. If the results show high levels of radon, you can also use a long-term test kit or just go straight to hiring a professional.
- Hiring a Professional- Having a professional test for radon is ideal since the best companies use continuous computerized radon monitors instead of basic charcoal kits. These allow for quicker and more accurate results so you can determine right away if you need to make repairs to your home. By going with a professional, you will be able to minimize the amount of time your family is potentially exposed to radon, thereby reducing your risk of health problems. Best of all, if there is radon in your home, the professional who does the radon testing should be able to suggest a crew that can resolve the issue.