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Our Review of
EPA's Home Buyer's and Seller's Guide to Radon
DIY Testing

Introductions: This page is part of our series of reviews of the Home Buyer's and Seller's Guide to Radon by the Environmental Protection Agency. We present this series because Lake Tahoe is in a high Radon region, and the Radon Guide provides advice for how to mitigate your exposure to Radon, in order to live healthfully at Lake Tahoe.

About DIY Radon testing, the EPA gives several recommendations. All of these tips should be on the instructions for whatever Radon Test Kit you purchase. However, if you haven't purchased your kit yet, this section of the guide gives an idea of what you are going to have to do in order to get a valid test of Radon levels in your home. To paraphrase and summarize...

  • Close windows and doors to the outside and keep them closed.
  • Close your windows and outside doors at least 12 hours before beginning the test
  • Conduct your test when the weather is not storming or really windy
  • You will write down your start and end time
  • Place the test device at least 20 inches above the floor in a location where it will not be disturbed and where it will be away from drafts, high heat, high humidity, exterior walls
  • Follow the instructions on the kit for how long to leave the test in place
  • Once the test is finished, return it immediately to the lab specified on the package

Voila! Pretty easy! We remember doing the steps above in our Lake Tahoe home, when we used a DIY Radon Test Kit. By the way, our test results came out fine and we didn't need to get Radon mitigation. So, there's probably no need to fear getting your Radon test, and we wish for you All The Best!

But, what if you don't want to DIY your Radon test and want to hire a professional Radon tester? Find out more by clicking to the Next Page of this series, using the navigation links below.

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Airthings Home Radon and Air Quality Detectors

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