Radon Test Kits | Oregon
Radon is an invisible and odorless gas that can enter homes through cracks in the basement floor or from well water.
- Prolonged exposure to radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking.
- Only one in five homes has a radon problem. But the only way to know if your home is free of radon is to test it.
The American Lung Association in Oregon offers both short-term and long-term Radon Testing Kits.
The EPA recommends conducting a short-term test first. This 3-7 day test allows for quick results that offer a "snapshot" of radon concentrations. The cost covers the test, shipping to the lab, and lab analysis.Testing your home for radon is simple.
Here are a few tips:
- Testing ranges from a few days (short-term) to a year (long-term). Long-term tests are more accurate in predicting the year-round levels in a home.
- If a test indicates an elevated radon level, always test twice before taking action.
- Repairs for homes with high radon levels are no more than many other common home repairs and will not dramatically change the appearance of your home. A variety of methods can be used, from sealing cracks in floors and walls, to changing the flow of air into your home
- Always consult an EPA-qualified or state-certified radon contractor. They can evaluate the problem and help you select the right solution. Visit the web site www.epa.gov/radon/whereyourlive.html to find out about EPA-qualified or state-certified radon contractors in your area. If you live in Oregon, please refer to the Oregon Health Authority website for more information.