Austin Radon Inspections
Since you cannot see or smell radon, special equipment is needed to detect it. . As new testing devices are developed, you may want to check with your state radon office before you test to get the most up-to-date information.
There Are Two General Ways To Test Your Home for Radon:
SHORT TERM RADON TEST
The quickest way to test is with short-term tests. Short-term tests remain in your home from 2 days to 10 days, depending on the device. There are two groups of devices which are more commonly used for short-term testing. The passive device group includes alpha track detectors, charcoal canisters, charcoal liquid scintillation detectors, and electric ion chambers. The active device group consists of different types of continuous monitors. When short-term test results are 4 pCi/L or higher, EPA recommends performing a second test. If the second test results are the same as the first, the suggestion is to perform a Long Term Radon Test.
LONG TERM RADON TEST
Long-term tests remain in your home for more than 90 days. Alpha track, and electric ion chamber detectors are commonly used for this type of testing. A long-term test will give you a reading that is more likely to tell you your home’s year-round average radon level than a short-term test. If time permits (more than 90 days) long-term tests can be used to confirm initial short-term results. When long-term test results are 4 pCi/L or higher, EPA recommends fixing the home.
If you want someone that can inspect your home for radon give Bluebonnet Home Inspections a call at (512)249-5665 (LOOK)