Because radon cannot be seen or smelled, it must be detected using specialised equipment. You can get a test kit for radon by post from an authorised radon measurement services provider or laboratory when you’re ready to test your house for radon. You can also consult an experienced radon testing company, who is usually a house inspector, who will utilise the appropriate radon device(s) for your situation. Below is a list of the most prevalent types of radon testing devices. There are many new testing devices being produced, you should verify with your state radon office for the most up-to-date information before testing. If you need help with radon testing in Belvidere NJ, Radata can help.
Radon testing instruments are divided into two categories:
- Passive radon testing equipment does not require electricity to operate. Charcoal canisters, alpha-track detectors, charcoal liquid scintillation devices, and electret ion chamber detectors are examples of these devices. Passive devices, both short- and long-term, are often affordable.
- Active radon testing systems require electricity to operate and often provide hourly measurements as well as an average result for the duration of the test. Continuous radon monitors and continuous operating level monitors are examples, and these tests may be more expensive.
Home buyers and sellers may choose to have a radon test performed by a skilled radon tester who is familiar with the right settings, test instruments, and procedures for achieving a reliable radon test result. They can also:
- Assess your house and offer a testing strategy that will ensure you obtain trustworthy results;
- Describe how the necessary circumstances for the radon test can be maintained;
- Remind residents that a reliable test result is contingent on their cooperation. The test result will be invalidated if the test or closed-house circumstances are interfered with or disturbed.
- Analyze the data and present the results of the measurements; and
- Provide a reassurance test conducted by a third party.
Because lowering high radon levels necessitates unique technical knowledge and special skills, you should hire a trained radon mitigation contractor to restore your property. You could actually increase your radon level or cause other potential problems and costs if you don’t have the right equipment or professional understanding.
If you decide to undertake the work yourself, contact your state radon office for information on relevant training courses and copies of the state authority’s technical guideline manuals to ensure you test for radon at your home effectively.