Radon Long-Term Monitoring
Home Inspector in Fort Washington, Maryland
Annual Long-Term Radon Monitoring Service
We offer Real-time Continuous monitoring which includes 24 hours average monitoring and Day through to year-long radon trends. You will receive detailed monthly reports to be able to monitor the radon levels in your home.
Who Should Have Long-Term Monitoring?
The EPA recommends checking radon levels at least every two years as radon flow can increase over a timescale longer than one calendar year. This is to say, just as radon levels fluctuate within a calendar year, they also fluctuate as years pass. Your home may have had acceptable levels of radon for the past year, but that could change, and having an active long-term radon testing unit would alert you to any such change.
Why a Short-Term Radon Test is Not Enough
Radon enters your home by seeping up out of the ground. This means radon levels in your house tend to be highest where your house meets the ground, such as in a basement. Because it’s a gas, though, it is constantly in motion, throughout the year pooling in different spots in your house and in greater or smaller quantities.
Radon levels are different in different rooms. Radon enters your home through the ground so you tend to find it in greater quantities at lower points in your house. This could be a basement that no one ever goes into, or it could be a whole set of rooms that are slept in nightly. But it moves throughout a home with airflow, so it could just as realistically be in other more lived-in spaces. Either way, you should know where in your home radon levels are highest so you can take measures to protect yourself and your family.
Radon levels are not constant over time. Radon levels rise and fall with the seasons, with changes in your home’s ventilation, or changes in the ground around your home. Winter tends to be a high time for radon levels, and summer tends to be a low time.
This is why testing radon over time is necessary. It comes in uninvited and undetected. Unless, of course, you are monitoring its presence.
Why Long-Term Radon Tests Are Necessary
Conducting a short-term radon test is great for understanding radon levels in your home right now. They can help you take action if your radon levels are high, and rest easy if they are low. However, only by monitoring radon levels over the long term can you be sure you are safe from the effects of radon.
In addition to the fact that you can’t see or smell radon, you can’t feel its negative effects until it’s too late. Even non-smoking people can get Stage IV lung cancer because of it. This actually happens to far more people than it should, and radon is to blame.
This is precisely why you need to be proactive to keep yourself and your family safe. Consider a long-term radon test as a form of life insurance… by putting effort towards detecting radon today you could be adding years to your life and the lives of your loved ones.
Radon is a silent and stealthy killer. It takes years to have an effect, which usually manifests in the form of cancer (EPA). But all it might take to fight off radon is improved airflow--in some cases you could literally blow away this deadly gas. First, though, you need to see it, and to see it you need a long-term radon detector. There is no reason not to get one.