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Are Radon Test Kits Trustworthy? Understanding Their Reliability for Home Use

Maintaining a safe and healthy indoor environment is paramount. Radon is a significant health concern due to its carcinogenic properties. The first step in managing radon exposure is to understand the gas’s presence in your home, which often begins with a radon test kit. 

There are two main types of radon test kits: short-term and long-term devices. Short-term tests usually stay in your home for two to 90 days. A long-term test remains in your home for more than 90 days. 

Homeowners can purchase radon test kits from local hardware stores or state environmental offices. Also, Standard Water will happily provide a free radon test kit and will help interpret the results for homeowners.

Radon test kit accuracy can be influenced by a variety of factors:

  • Kit Placement: Location is crucial. It must be placed in the lowest level of the home, ensuring it’s away from drafts and not disturbed.
  • Duration of Test: Leaving it in place for the full period is critical. A test that’s removed too early can yield inaccurate results.
  • Climate and Season: Radon levels can fluctuate with temperature changes and weather conditions. It’s essential to conduct tests over multiple seasons.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has stringent guidelines for radon testing that, when followed, can provide a reliable indication of your home’s radon levels.

Contact Standard Water Control today for a free consultation and your free Radon Test Kit.