Radon is an invisible, odorless, and tasteless gas that comes from the natural breakdown of uranium in the ground. Radon problems affect an estimated one out of every 15 homes in the U.S., and causes more than 20,000 deaths annually due to lung cancer.
There are two types of DIY radon tests: short-term and long-term. Short-term tests remain in your home for 2-90 days, while long-term tests remain in the house for more than 90 days. Long-term tests are more likely to tell you your home’s year-round average radon level.
Follow the directions that come with the Radon test kit so that the results are accurate!
There are several low-cost DIY radon test kits you can purchase in home improvement stores or online (starting at about $10). Some state programs offer low-cost or free kits, click here to find your state radon contact for more information.
If you’d rather not do it yourself, you can hire a qualified tester. Some states maintain a list of radon service providers that are registration, certification, or licensing. To learn more about your states requirements for contractors and to find a contractor, click here.