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Exposure to radon gas is potentially harmful to health, but as the gas is colourless and odourless, you cannot tell if it is in your property without conducting a radon gas test.
There are a number of radon test kits on the market, and these will give you a good indication of whether or not your home has dangerous levels of radon.
Radon gas testing kits are usually easy to use, but battery operated electronic kits are generally the most user-friendly. You will often see kits differentiate themselves as “short-term” and “long-term” test kits, and for most properties the short-term radon gas test is fine.
Once you have purchased your kit you should do the following:
When testing for radon gas you want to know how much radon is likely to be in your property at any given time, for this reason it is essential that outside air does not influence the test, so make sure to close your windows and doors.
The room you test in should not suffer from humidity as this can interfere with the results, so avoid the kitchen or bathroom.
Place the kit off the ground, at around the height of a coffee table. The length of time you need to leave the kit in place will vary from test to test so consult the instructions.
Electronic radon testing kits will display the results in real time. Manual kits, where you send your sample off to a lab, will take longer and you will generally get your results back by post or email within a few weeks.
The results will be displayed by measuring becquerels per cubic metre (Bq m-3) or picocuries per litre of air (pCi/L). Readings over 3.5 pCi/L or 100 Bq m-3 would indicate a level of radon gas with potential to cause damage to human health over a sustained period. If you do find a result of a radon gas test concerning, you should seek professional advice.
Wise Basement Systems offer two effective remediation solutions combating excessive radon levels. Our gas membrane solutions stop radon gas from penetrating the property foundations by creating a barrier between the earth retaining walls and the living space.
We also have gas ventilation options available that use filtered fresh air to force radon gas outside the property.
Gas membranes provide an airtight barrier to potentially hazardous ground gas. They can be installed into existing properties and construction sites.Gase Membranes
Gas ventilation systems filter harmful ground gasses such as radon, methane and CO2 away from your property leaving any occupants safe.Gas ventilation
If you have performed a radon test in your property and want to talk to a professional about the results then our team is on hand to help. Call Wise Basement Systems today on 0808 256 4538 to see what we can do for you. You can also contact us online using our contact form.
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