Source: Deseret News, The Radioactive Killer, by Sara Israelsen-Hartley, Jan, 29, 2020 SALT LAKE CITY…
Radon exposure is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. Organizations like the EPA, WHO and Huntsman Caner Institute have all recommended having your home tested for radon. So once you being the process, how long does radon testing take?
First, you should understand what radon gas is and how it enters your home. It is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that is produced by the decay of uranium in soil and rock. Air pressure inside is usually lower than outsice, which causes a vacuum effect that draws the radon in through cracks in the foundation. Even if there are no visible cracks in the foundation, radon can permeate through concrete to enter the house. As it accumulates in your home, and you breathe it in, it becomes a health hazard due to its radioactivity level.
Unfortunately, radon gas is completely undetectable without specific and certified testing. It is recommended to have a radon testing specialist perform the radon test for certified results.
How Long Does Radon Testing Take?
Utah Radon Services offers free radon testing. The process is very easy, simply fill out the form on this page and we will contact you within 1-2 business days. (Click here for real estate transactions.) At that point a test will be read in our lab (for starting numbers) then mailed to you with specific instructions on setting it. In order to get accurate results, the test MUST be open in the lowest level of your home for a minimum of 48 hours.
During this time, closed-house conditions must be followed. Which means all windows and doors are closed except for normal entry and exit. You should also turn fans or any machines that suck in air from the outside.
After 48 hours, you will close the unit and send it back to our lab in the prepaid mailer. We generally read the tests within 2 days of receiving them and will quickly email you results. If you do have high radon levels, we will also give you a follow up call to discuss the next step.
Utah Radon Services has provided certified results to thousands of Utah homeowners. Fill out the form on this page or call us at 801-871-0715 to request your free test today.