Radon is a colorless, odorless, radioactive
gas that can lung cancer. Radon is present
in the basement of many houses, particularly
houses in New England and the western mountain
states. Testing for high concentrations is
a wise precaution.
The simplest way to test for radon is to
hire a professional. Professional testers
can provide a full range of water and air
testing. Look for one certified by an EPA
Do It Yourself Testing
A lower cost alternative is to
do it yourself
with a test kit that may be purchased
- Water test kits sample the amount of radon gas dissolved
in your home's water that may escape during
showering, dishwashing, and other uses. Once
you receive the kit in the mail, you fill
test tubes with water samples from you home
and mail them to a testing laboratory. A
test report returns in the next few weeks
detailing the detected levels.
- Air test kits may also be purchased on line. They consist
of one or more metallic canisters
the gas over a period of two
to four days
for short term testing or from
three to twelve
months for long term testing.
are better than a single one
to get an impression
of levels throughout your home
for a mistaken reading. Long
provides a more accurate indication
exposure because it averages
due to weather and seasons.
You may also want to consider purchasing
an electronic monitor that plugs into the
wall (similar to a carbon monoxide monitor).
These continuously monitor the level of
radon in the air and display
concentration over the past week.