- Detects Radon Exposure in Home, Workplace and Other Indoor Surroundings
- Radon is the Second Leading Cause of Lung Cancer in USA (EPA)
- Ideal if Buildings have Brick or Rock Walls, Cracks in Walls, Exposed Pipes and More
- Radon Gas Analysis Upto EPA Standards
- Results Available within 2 Weeks After Sample is Received ($40.00 Lab Fee Required to Process Detectors)
- Pre-Paid Sample Return Shipping is Included
PROFESSIONAL RADON GAS TEST KIT
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends that you test your home at least once per year. Radon gas can be found in varying amounts in every state in the U.S. killing up to 30,000 people each year.
Although the short-term Radon gas detectors like the PRO-LAB Model (RA100) work quite well for the initial screening (real estate transactions) to determine whether harmful levels of the gas exist in your home, the radon levels can vary dramatically in a short period of time.
When the initial test results from various short-term detectors that warrant a long-term follow up test, then an extended test is recommended for conclusive results (according to EPA's booklet "A Citizen's Guide to Radon"). This includes PRO-LAB Professional Long-Term Radon Gas Detector Model.
- What is radon and how can I protect my family from it?
Radon is an invisible and odorless radioactive gas. It occurs naturally from decaying Uranium, situated underneath earth’s surface. There’s a high probability of this gas being present in your home or office space. It rises through the soil and seeps in through cracks, drain pipes or holes present in the foundation or basement of various buildings.
The USA has 1 out of every 15 homes that have high levels of Radon gas as per the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
- What can Radon do to you?
Radon gas has radioactive particles. These get lodged in your lungs as you breathe the air in the environment containing the gas. These radioactive particles break down and release bursts of radiation, eventually damaging or destroying the lung tissue, leading to lung cancer. Over exposure to such radiations can be fatal as well.
Does your home have any of these:
- Cinder-block, brick or rock wall
- Cracks in the basement wall or foundation
- Exposed pipes or loose pipe fittings
- An open sump pump hole or floor drain
- Spaces between walls and floors
- Exposed soil in the basement or foundation
If your answer is YES to any of these, then chances are that you’re breathing the deadly gas.
HOW DO YOU FIND OUT IF YOU HAVE A RADON PROBLEM?
Conduct a radon test if you want to find out if radon gas is a problem in your home or office. The PRO-LAB Professional Radon Gas Test Kit, which meets all new EPA and State guidelines, is the most accurate and reliable test kit available to check the level of radon gas in your home or office. The PRO-LABª Professional Radon Gas Test Kit provides two (2) calibrated short-term radon gas detectors which allows you to conduct testing at the same time and in the same location in order to get the most accurate results.
Complete directions inside Keep out of reach of children CONTENTS Two (2) short-term radon detectors Pre-paid postage envelope Radon data card
DIRECTIONS Important Note: Please follow the directions carefully. Save the Radon Detector caps, directions and mailing materials. You will need them to send your detectors to our laboratory at the end of the testing period. In the space provided below, record the serial numbers located on the side of the Radon Gas Detectors and record the date you returned the detectors back to PRO-LABª. We will need this information should you have any questions about your test results.
PREPARING FOR TEST: Close all windows and doors for at least 12 hours prior to the start of the test. You must keep them closed as much as possible during the testing. The less fresh air that enters the testing area, the more accurate your results. Do not operate fans or ventilation systems that use outside air such as attic and bathroom fans. NOTE: Outside weather conditions can affect testing. Testing should not be done during major weather events such as high winds and/or heavy rains. Rapid changes in barometric pressure can affect radon levels. If a radon mitigation system is present, it must be operating during testing.
SELECTING TEST LOCATIONS: According to the EPA, radon testing should be conducted in the lowest livable area of your home. Make sure your test location is a room where the PRO-LABª Professional Radon Gas Detectors will not be exposed to drafts from vents, doors or windows. Do not place the detectors in a kitchen, bathroom or laundry room. Do not place the detectors in direct sunlight or near any heat source such as a fireplace or heater.
BEGINNING TEST: Remove the caps from the two (2) detectors. Place the two (2) un-capped detectors on a flat surface at least 2-3 feet above the floor and 2-3 feet from any outside wall. The detectors should be placed 6 inches apart from each other. Allow the Radon Gas Detectors to remain un-capped for 4 days (96 hours). Once the Radon Gas Detectors have been placed, do not remove them until the entire (96 hour) testing period is complete.
FILLING OUT THE PRO-LABª RADON DATA CARD: Record the radon unit serial numbers, your name, address, test location, the date and exact time you started the test. After filling out this information, put the radon data card and the detector caps in a safe place. You will need them in order to complete the test.
ENDING TEST: Replace the caps on the two (2) detectors and record the date and the exact time the testing ended on the PRO-LABª Radon Data Card. Make sure your data card is now completely filled out. (If you leave out any information, your detectors will not be analyzed)
Standard Lab Results Place the two (2) Radon Gas Detectors, the radon data card and a check, money order (made payable to PRO-LABª) or a credit card voucher for $20.00 (Visa, MasterCard, AMEX or Discover Card) in the enclosed pre-paid postage envelope and mail immediately (within 24 hours of the completion of the test). Within 1 week after PRO-LABª has received your Radon Gas Detectors, we will send you an easy to read evaluation of the exact radon gas levels in your home or office.
- What can Radon do to you?
Radon gas contains radioactive particles which get trapped in your lungs every time you take a breath. As these particles break down, they release bursts of radiation that damage or destroy lung tissue and cause lung cancer, and long-term exposure may even cause death.#Do you have any of the following in your home? #*Cinder-block, brick or rock wall *Exposed soil in the basement or foundation *Cracks in the basement wall or foundation *An open sump pump hole or floor drain *Spaces between walls and floors *Exposed pipes or loose pipe fittings #If you answered YES to any of the above questions, then you could be breathing in this deadly radioactive gas.
- What do I do if Radon levels are high?
There are ways to reduce the level of radon yourself or by a trained professional. Costs should run between $500-$2,500 depending on the seriousness of your problem. Start by doing the following and then contact your State Radon Office or EPA Office for additional information on reducing Radon in your home or office:#*Seal or caulk areas of entry such as cracks, holes and openings;*Keep vents to crawl spaces open; *Minimize time spent in low areas such as your basement; *Increase the circulation of outside air into your home or office; *Discourage cigarette smoking in your home or office.
- What are the signs and symptoms of Radon Poisoning?
The exposure to Radon has no warning signals because it causes no acute or sub acute health effects. Lung cancer is the primary adverse health effect. Smokers have cumulative effects due to Radon exposure.Emphysema, chronic interstitial pneumonia, pulmonary fibrosis are increased due to cumulative exposure. This particle bursts inside lungs and cause lung damage leading to lung cancer. If radon gas is in water then there is a chance of stomach cancer.
The symptoms during radon poisoning are persistent cough, heavy breathing, wheezing, and lung infection. The symptoms basically include cough, weight loss and hyperglycemia.
- What are the Effects and Dangers of High Level of Radon Gas?
The radioactive gas which is generally found in homes is radon. It is generated due to breakdown of uranium in water, rock and soil. This gas is miscible with air. Radon generally evolves from the ground to the air and even walls through cracks and holes which are in the foundation of the buildings. This gas is trapped inside home and family members residing will be exposed to radiation.
In the United States it is estimated that at least one out of 15 homes has elevated radon levels which ranges from 4 pCi/L or more. In the United States the second leading cause of lung cancer is indoor radon gas. There is a need of radon testing in every house no matter whether it is new or old. Lung cancer is a fatal disease and has potential of chronic and acute infections which are generally considered as secondary infections.
The radon testing is quintessential for every home and it should be conducted through reliable testing devices. The testing devices are classified into passive and active devices. Passive testing devices are charcoal canisters, alpha-track detectors, electric ion chamber and charcoal liquid scintillation devices and they do not require power. The active testing devices require power from external source and they are continuous radon monitors and continuous working level monitors. They are also demarcated into short term testing and long term testing.
Radon gas generally degrades into radioactive particles and gets trapped in lungs. This particle bursts inside lungs and cause lung damage leading to lung cancer. If radon gas is in water then there is a chance of stomach cancer. The symptoms during radon poisoning are persistent cough, heavy breathing, wheezing, and lung infection.
- How Does Radon Get Into My Home Or Office?
Homes and offices are the main places with greatest level of Radon concentration. More often than not, it’s present in the lowest levels of the buildings. Located beneath the foundation in the soil and rocks, it can seep in through cracks, dirt floors, openings from hole or drain etc. Also, it can enter via your water supply. It can also easily build up quicker and in higher concentrations. To test Radon, especially if you use well water in home or office, you can test it with our professional Radon in Water Test Kit.