Radon poisoning is a serious concern in the modern world. Despite tackling other environmental issues such as global warming, pollution and smog the newest addition to the list of health hazards is “Radon Poisoning”.
Radon is an odorless and tasteless radioactive noble gas. It occurs naturally in the environment and is chemically inert meaning that it does not react or form bonds readily. Its main sources include the radioactive decay of other radioactive elements such as Uranium and Radium. Another important source of radon is the decay of radon itself. During the decomposition process, the atom changes its identity and a part of the radiation is released. The radon Testing protocol is simple and only comprises of a couple of guidelines and tips that need to be ensured while the test is being performed.
Due to the discrete characteristics of radon, its detection is very difficult and radon testingmust be utilized in this regard. The tests not only detect the presence of radon but also provide an estimate of the amount of radon in the area.
Some of the important things are listed below:
WHEN TO PERFORM THE TEST?
There is no restriction on when to perform the test and when not to. The test can be performed in any weather condition and climate. The only important thing in this regard is to avoid performing the test in severe weather conditions or when the wind speed is predicted to exceed 30 miles per hour.
PROTOCOL FOLLOWED BEFORE THE TEST:
12 hours prior to performing the test you must ensure that all the external windows, doors and vents are kept close. This does not necessarily mean that the house must be evacuated or movement must be restricted. You only need to make sure that the door is closed behind you when you come in or exit. If the building already has radon mitigation system installed in it there is no need to shut down its function. They can be operated as usual.
TIME REQUIRED FOR THE SAMPLER TO COLLECT THE DATA:
The place where the test is being conducted does need to be evacuated while the sampler is placed in the area. The sampler requires at least 3 days and may take no longer than 7 days to predict the outcome of radon in the area. The predicted time for the test results to come back depends on the humidity in the area.
WHERE TO PLACE THE SAMPLE COLLECTER?
The test is placed in the lowest area of the building as it has the lowest altitude. For instance, if the building being tested is a multistory building than all the floors beneath the third floor have to be tested. Especially if there is a basement in the building than the sampler is placed there.There is a variety of radon testing kits and equipment that are available. You may either choose to perform these tests yourself or even hire professional help if you are not sure about the testing protocols.