Whether you are selling your home and you need to complete a radon test or you have experienced high levels of radon in the past and you want to retest to check your home's safe levels, a radon test is definitely something you can manage to ensure the safety inside your home. Radon is a dangerous gas that you cannot see, smell, or taste but it can cause lung cancer if you are exposed to it. Here are some tips to ensure your home radon test is successful and you can properly mitigate any radon issues.
Follow Good Testing Protocol
You may choose to complete your own test at home that you can set up and regulate on your own. This type of test is something you usually send in to a lab after the test is complete so a Radon Home Testing company can evaluate the results. When you use an at-home radon test, be sure you follow the instructions to place the test on the lowest level of your home that you can live in, such as a basement or downstairs room. Be sure you don't place the test near an exterior wall or next to a heat source, such as a furnace vent, fireplace, or stove. Excess heat and temperature fluctuations can affect the test results. You should also keep the test away from high humidity sources, such as a bathroom, or washing machine and in an area free of drafts. So don't place it near a window where cold drafts may pass over the test. It is important that you keep the test up off the floor by a couple feet to ensure success in the test. You may choose to place the test on the seat of a chair or hang it from the ceiling with some string to keep it in the center of the room.
Consider Weather Conditions
When you complete a radon test, you also need to watch the weather forecast before you test. Before and during the test you want to make sure the weather is not going to fluctuate greatly with a change in pressure from a high pressure to a low pressure, for example, when a storm moves into the area. Excessive wet weather and snowfall on the ground can affect the results of the test.
Whether the season is summer or winter, plan to run your home's HVAC system with air conditioning or heating as normal, just as long as you keep the windows closed. This will ensure the home's interior air is not ventilated with fresh outdoor air to provide the test with consistent results.