Test Your Home For Radon

Posted on: 20 June 2022

Radon is a colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas. It gets into your house by seeping into the lowest levels of your home. Since it is heavier than air, it will slowly displace the air from the bottom up. Because you can't detect radon on your own, the only way to tell if you have it is to test for it. You can do this on your own, or you can hire a professional to do it. Either way, it is relatively easy to test for radon in your home.


If you do the testing yourself, you will need to get a kit from a hardware store or your county's health department. The kits come in two classifications, short-term and long-term. The short-term tests need to be in your house for two to 90 days, while a long-term kit will need to be in your house for longer than 90 days. In general, longer tests will be more accurate than short tests. 


The actual testing process is relatively easy. You need to put the kit on the lowest level of your home. It shouldn't sit on the floor. That could give you a false result. You should put the testing kit a few feet off the floor, in the center of the room. You need to send the test to a center at the end of the testing period. At that center, they will read your test and send you the results. 

When to Test

You should test at a few definite times, which doesn't stop you from testing your house at any point. If you are going to sell your home, you need to test the radon levels. It may be a requirement in your state. Even if it isn't, disclosing radon levels can help with a sale. For the most accurate results, you should consider having a professional do the testing in that situation. Testing should also happen if you do any construction work on the house and if circumstances change and people will be spending more time in the lowest level of your home. 

Radon is an odorless, colorless, and tasteless gas. That means the only way to tell you have a radon problem is to test your home. After you test and have results, you can either start alleviation procedures or get a monitor to alert you if there is a change in radon status.  

For more information about radon tests, contact a local company.