Short-Term Screening Kit
48-96 hour test used as a preliminary screening. Test is deployed under closed home conditions and mailed immediately back to lab for analysis. An inexpensive, quick radon screening that is best for preliminary testing.
The EPA recommends performing a follow up test depending on the results of a short-term screening.
You can add a Radonova Radtrak² long-term follow up test to your order here.
What is a QuickScreen, charcoal radon test kit, and why is it important to you?
Understanding radon is at the center of this discussion, so let’s move into this first. Radon is an odorless, tasteless, colorless noble gas. Unless you have special tools at your disposal, you can be exposed to radon gas and never know it. This wouldn’t be so bad if radon weren’t a dangerous toxin. Radon is the number one cause of cancer in non-smokers and the second largest cause of lung cancer in smokers.
Radon in Your Home
Basically, you may have radon in your home and not know it. You may be exposed to carcinogens without any indication that you are adversely affecting your health. The charcoal radon test kit is a professional way to ensure the safety of you and your loved ones in your home.
Some people mistakenly believe that you can only contract radon in your home if you have a basement, thinking that radon gas comes up from the ground. Nothing could be further from the truth. Radon can infect a home that does not have a basement. It can get into a home that has good insulation, as a matter of fact.
The Process for Using the Charcoal Radon Test Kit
Your charcoal radon test kit comes with an information sheet with all of the instructions that you will need to successfully execute the test. The package also includes an activated charcoal tester and a mailer so that you can return the test to the laboratory after exposure. All of your analysis and reporting fees are included and a radon report with your home’s level will be sent out after we analyze the test..
The process of testing for radon with a charcoal test kit involves simply exposing charcoal in a special canister to the most vulnerable areas of your home. Because radon is odorless, and colorless, it must be attached to another substance in order to be seen or felt. Charcoal is this substance – radon can be naturally trapped by charcoal.
Your investment of time for a charcoal QuickScreen test is minimal. There is virtually no mechanical setup required, and the materials that you need to buy are well within the budget of any property owner (or renter). If you need to test many locations, then you may be able to take advantage of bulk pricing for many tests. The total amount of time for the screening maxes out at 96 hours and requires none of your direct intervention.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) may recommend a second test based on the results of the first, but the effort required on your part is the same – simply order your follow up test and get the results with no extra effort.
Your Test Results
The average healthy home will always have some radon in it. However, if your level is above 4, then you should take immediate action to reduce the amount of radon in your living space. You can either try to prevent it from coming into the home in the first place or getting rid of it once it is there. In most cases, you will need to ventilate below the slab of your home or in the basement if you have one.