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Radon testing a basement

Posted by loki791 (My Page) on
Sat, Feb 28, 09 at 13:14

Hi, I recently got a newsletter from the Environmental Protection Agency saying that last month was National Radon Month and that my home should be tested for radon. Apparently, it is recommended that you fix the home if the radon level is 4 picoCuries per liter (pCi/L) or higher. Can the radon be effectively and accurately tested with a take-home radon testing kit? These take home kits are cheap -- as low as $10, but I am a little skeptical of their accuracy. My instinct is to hire a professional home inspector to do the testing. Has anyone tried a home kit or a professional -- which one should I go with? How much would a professional charge? I guess I could also get him to inspect some other things while he's there. Oh, and has anyone found any radon being emitted from granite kitchen countertop? I heard that these could also have radon. Thanks very much for any recommendations.

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RE: Radon testing a basement

These take home kits are cheap -- as low as $10, but I am a little skeptical of their accuracy.


RE: Radon testing a basement

I have two electronic detectors. We had one on the first floor and the other in the basement. You can see how it changes over time and the two locations. I can really see the effect of the radon fan when I turned it off the other day. It went from 1 to 7 in the basement pretty quick. The first floor was always pretty low so we don't use it anymore. This is like the ones we got:

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