Many people today are suffering from a series of lung complications including lung cancer. Now the main cause of lung problems is cigarette smoke. Many people who aren’t even smokers experience problems with their respiratory system. Now this can either be exposure to second-hand smoke, or exposure to a harmful gas called radon. Radon is an odorless and colorless gas that comes from underground and rises up to the surface and can also build up in homes putting the people inside at risk. To counter it, people invest in Radon Mitigation systems which helps to bring down the levels of radon to a much safer amount.
However, before taking action and using a mitigation system or other means of reducing the amount of radon in the home, it is important to first determine the amount of radon in the home through means of radon testing. Now radon testing can be done over a week (which is considered short term) or over months (which is considered long term). To test for radon, the testing device is placed in the lowest area of the home where radon is most likely to have built up as it has entered the house.
Testing for radon can be accomplished with a variety of testing devices which can be purchased online, in certain hardware stores, or in testing labs for radon. Most often these test can be done alone since they come with a manual and instructions on what to do. However, you can also call in a professional Radon Mitigation contractor to test the levels of radon in your home. Now it terms of types, you can classify radon tests into two types namely active devices and passive devices.
Active radon testing devices require power in order for it to function. Active devices make use of radon monitors which function by continuously monitoring the level of radon in the house. The monitor also comes with a working level monitor. Along with the levels of radon, the monitors can also look for any of the decay products of radon inside the atmosphere of the house.
Active testing devices generate reports whenever the monitors detect a spike in radon levels during the entire time it is on. In addition to that it can also detect interferences and stop them. Once the test is finished, the reports will be written in a way understandable to the homeowner.
If active radon testing devices require the use of energy to function, passive radon testing devices do not. Examples of passive testing devices include charcoal canisters, alpha-track detectors, electron ion chamber detectors, and many more. When used, these devices become exposed to the inside air in the home allowing them to sample the substances in the atmosphere.
Once the testing period is over, the device is packed up securely and sent into a lab where the results are determined. Compared to active devices, passive devices are cheaper but active devices give more accurate results and are better for determining the right course of action in Radon Mitigation.