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 short-term radon gas detectors such as the PRO-LAB® Model (RA100) are excellent for initial screening (real estate transactions) to determine if potentially harmful levels of radon exist in your home, radon levels can vary dramatically over a short period of time.
If your initial test results from the short-term detectors warrant a long-term follow-up test, an extended test with the PRO-LAB® Professional Long-Term Radon Gas Detector Model (RL116) is recommended for more conclusive results. (According to EPA's booklet "A Citizen's Guide to Radon").
PROFESSIONAL RADON GAS TEST KIT
*The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and state radon offices have determined that the most accurate method to test for radon gas is to use two (2) calibrated short-term radon gas detectors at the same time in the same location and then take the average results from both detectors to get the most accurate radon level of your home or office. (According to (EPA) booklet "A Citizen's Guide to Radon")
WHAT IS RADON? Radon is an invisible and odorless radioactive gas which occurs naturally from decaying uranium underneath the earthÕs surface. Though you cannot see, smell, or taste radon, it is there and may be a problem in your home or office. Radon gas rises through the soil and seeps through cracks, holes, and drain pipes in the foundation or basement of your home and office. Radon gas can be found all over the United States and according to the EPA, 1 out of every 15 homes in the United States has high levels of radon gas.
WHAT CAN RADON DO TO YOU? Radon gas contains radioactive particles which get trapped in your lungs every time you breathe. As the radon gas particles break down, they release bursts of radiation that damage or destroy your lung tissue which causes lung cancer, and long-term exposure may even cause death. In fact, the EPA has estimated that there are between 5,000 and 30,000 radon-related lung cancer deaths each year and that radon gas is the #1 cause of lung cancer in non-smokers.
HOW DO YOU FIND OUT IF YOU HAVE A RADON PROBLEM? To find out if radon gas is a problem in your home or office, you must conduct a radon test. The PRO-LABª 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.
International buyers are responsible for shipping the specimens back to the lab in the United States. TestCountry is not responsible for failed tests due to delays and/or miscollection of specimens.