Source: Deseret News, The Radioactive Killer, by Sara Israelsen-Hartley, Jan, 29, 2020 SALT LAKE CITY…
Radon gas is the 2nd leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. It accounts for up to 70% of the radiation we are exposed to and is linked to over 21,000 deaths each year. With health risks such as these, isn’t it worth protecting your loved ones? And it all starts with a test. Read on to find out everything you need to know about radon testing in Utah.
Who needs to test for radon gas?
The simple answer to that questions is… everyone. Any home can have high levels of radon – age of the home, location and layout don’t actually matter. The house next door to yours could have low levels while yours has high. The only way to know if your home has high radon levels is through specialized testing.
How Is Radon Testing Done?
Radon testing is done with specialty equipment. There are a few different options that you can use. Simple charcoal kits can be purchased and then sent into a lab. E-perm units can be set in the house for a few days and then sent to a lab. Both of those options are short term testing options and usually take about 2-3 days. The other option is a long term tests that continuously test for an extended period of time.
At Utah Radon Services, we offer both e-perm and long term electronic testing. The first step is filling out the form on this page to request a test. Depending on the location and reason for testing (a home being sold or bought) a test will be sent to you or it will be coordinated to have a test set for you.
Setting a radon test
When testing your home for radon, you must have closed house conditions. This means no windows open and doors are kept closed except for usual in and out traffic. This should start at least 12 hours before the test is started.
The test should be placed in the lowest possible living area, usually the basement. Do not place the test by a furnace, water heater or directly under a vent or window. It is also best not to set it next to an outside wall or directly on the floor.
These instructions should be followed (they will be sent with the test) in order to get most accurate results. The test needs to run for a minimum of 48 hours before being closed. At that point, it may be sent back to the lab in order to get the results (generally takes 1-3 days).
Fill out the form on this page or call us at 801-871-0715 to schedule your radon testing immediately. There is no reason to wait when it comes to protecting you and your loved ones!