How do I conduct a radon test?

Follow these steps in order to conduct a radon test:

1. Buy a Radon Test Kit: When looking for a test kit to measure radon levels in your area, look for one certified by either the National Radon Proficiency Program or National Radon Safety Board.

2. Select a Location: It is best to perform the test in an area of your home that is frequently utilized, such as the basement or first floor, such as a cellar or crawlspace. Ideally, do not choose an area close to windows, doors or any openings which could hinder accurate results from this analysis.

3. Follow Instructions: Each test kit provides detailed instructions on how to conduct its respective test, so make sure that you read them carefully and adhere strictly to them.

4. Leave the test in place: Depending on the test kit you use, leave the test in place for at least two to seven days to allow its results to take effect.

5. Submit the Test Kit for Analysis: At the conclusion of your testing period, make sure that the test kit is carefully sealed before sending it off for analysis at a laboratory. Remember to include any fees or paperwork with it.

Once laboratory analysis is complete, you will receive a detailed report outlining the levels of radon in your home as well as recommendations if they exceed EPA action level of 4.0 pCi/L.

Important to remember if you conduct a short-term radon test and its results are high, it would be prudent to conduct a longer term one in order to confirm them. Furthermore, if you are uncertain how to perform or interpret such a test yourself or need assistance conducting one with accurate results a certified professional could conduct the test for you.

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