Radon is a naturally-occurring radioactive gas that can enter your home either through your foundation or carried into the home via your well water and subsequently released to the air through cooking, showering or laundry. Radon levels are not constant over time. Radon levels rise and fall with the seasons, with changes in your home’s ventilation, or changes in the ground around your home. Winter tends to be a high time for radon levels, and summer tends to be a low time. To get a more accurate assessment of radon levels in a home, two radon collection “pucks” are placed in the living spaces of the home to collect radon gas over a period of six (6) months; these units can be set up either on the same floor or separated on multiple living spaces depending on the design of the home. At the end of 6 months, the pucks are sent to a state certified lab for analysis.
Radon exposure is known to cause cancer and is estimated to cause many thousands of deaths each year. Because you can’t see, taste or smell radon, testing is the only way to assess your risk of radon exposure. Ninety-five percent (95%) of exposure to radon is from indoor air; about one percent (1%) is from water – and this, typically released from running water activities, such as bathing, showering, and cleaning. Only 0.1% of exposure is from ingesting drinking water contaminated with radon. Knowing the Radon in Air concentrations in the living spaces of the homes is important to a healthy environment.
What to Expect
The 6-Month Radon in Air Test is performed by SafeWell Water Quality Specialists. The following is the service delivery process:
- Schedule a service appointment
- Professional arrives at your home
- Set up 2 radon test instruments
- After 6 months test instruments are collected
- Lab results are analyzed by SafeWell
- Samples are delivered to a certified lab
- Lab results are reviwed and evaluated
- Next steps are identified
- Easy-to-understand report and results are emailed
- Follow up phone discussion