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> How Can I Test for Radon?

 

There are two principle radon testing methods for home use. The most commonly used method is the short-term charcoal canister test that passively absorbs small amounts of radon over 3-7 days. The canister is subsequently analyzed by an EPA-approved lab.

 

The other method is a long-term (one month - one year) alpha--track test that detects radiation from radon and is then analyzed by an EPA-approved lab.

> Where Do I Get a Radon Test Kit?

 

Test kits might be found at your local hardware store for about $10 - $15, depending on the demand for kits in your particular area. You may also purchase test kits online from numerous private companies or through the National Radon Program Services (http://sosradon.org/).

 

Please note that if radon levels in the home exceed four (4) picocuries per liter of air (pCi/L) the EPA recommends that homeowners should take action. When using a short-term test kit, additional testing is recommended to confirm the high levels.

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