Everything You Need to Know About Radon Testing

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Radon is a danger that many homeowners and businessowners need to contend with. It is a colorless, odorless gas containing uranium and radium that results with the natural decay of bedrock. Both uranium and radium are radioactive and therefore harmful to our health.

Getting your home or business tested for radon is vital to protect your health. Here, we discuss everything you need to know about radon testing so you can come prepared:

What is radon?

Radon is a colorless, odorless, radioactive gas. It typically isn’t a problem outdoors, as radon will quickly disperse and dissipate into the atmosphere. Instead, it poses a greater threat indoors, especially if your home is tightly sealed. Radon results from decaying bedrock, rises through the soil, and can enter your home or business through cracks, gaps, and penetrations in the walls or floors.

What is a radon test?

A radon test checks the radon levels in your home or business. In general, there are two types of radon tests: passive and active. The passive test uses a charcoal canister which absorbs radon gas over a 48-hour period and is sent to a laboratory for measurement. The active test, meanwhile, uses a continuous radon monitor that actively measures radon levels over a 48-hour period and generates analytical results upon conclusion.

Why get a radon test?

A radon test can tell you if you have dangerously high levels of radon in your home or business. This is crucial information as long-term exposure to radon can cause health issues such as lung cancer. By getting a test, you can take steps to eliminate radon from your home or business.

At Axiom Service Professionals, we can perform radon tests at your home or business to determine your radon levels. To learn more, contact us today.