The Truths and Myths about Radon Gas Testing in the Basement

You probably know that radon gases (radon gas*) causes lung cancer. And you've probably heard that you're supposed to do all home radon gas testing in your basement. While it is true that you should radon gas test the lowest lived in level of your home, that doesn't necessarily always mean you should only radon gas test the basement. In fact there are some cases when you should never do your home radon gas test in the basement.

The US EPA says, that as a minimum, you should always test for radon gases (radon gas*) in the "lowest lived in level" of your home. "Lowest lived in" is usually your basement if it could be used as a living area without any significant renovation. So an unfinished basement should be radon gas tested because children could play down there or an adult might use it for a workshop. A root cellar or dirt floor basement, in most cases should NOT be radon gas tested because most people would not spend much time there.

You Need to Radon Gas Test More Than Just Your Basement
Another common misconception is that the basement is the ONLY area to be radon gas tested. Nothing could be further from the truth. Radon gas levels vary not only from day to day and season to season, but radon gases (radon gas*) can vary significantly from one part of the home to another. Since you probably don't spend 100% of your time in it.

For example, you might spend 6 to 8 hours a day in an upstairs bedroom and maybe less than 1 hour a day in the basement. Therefore, from a radon gas exposure standpoint, it's much more important to know the radon gas levels in your bedroom than it is in your basement. To get an accurate understanding of your health risk from radon gas exposure you must test all of the key living areas in your home in addition to radon gas testing your basement.

To get more help choosing the right radon test kits for your home use our Radon Testing Wizard . Or if you know which test you need you can go directly to the order page.



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