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The Basics of Long-term Radon Testing (and Why It’s Necessary!)

By February 14, 2020No Comments

Long-term exposure to high levels of radon can have severe health consequences, including lung cancer. Fortunately, with routine radon testing and mitigation efforts, you can reduce your risk of exposure and any health consequences that come along with it.

There are three main ways to test for radon: via short-term tests, long-term tests and continuous testing. Short-term tests are ideal for determining whether further testing is warranted. If it is, long-term testing is the next step. Long-term radon testing involves measuring radon levels for 90 days to one year. Long-term testing is necessary because radon levels can vary significantly based on a number of factors, including gusty winds, drops in air pressure, snow cover and variable soil moisture.

Continuous radon testing involves the use of electric monitors and digital meters. This might be necessary if the soil around your home has high levels of radon.