Although short-term radon gas detectors such as the PRO-LAB model are excellent for initial screening 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 detector warrant a long-term follow-up test, an extended test with the PRO-LAB long term radon gas detector (model RL116) is recommended for more conclusive results.
What is radon? Radon is an invisible and odorless radioactive gas which occurs naturally from decaying uranium underneath the earth's surface. Though you cannot see, smell, or taste radon, it is there and may be a problem in your home, cottage 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.
What can radon do to you? Radon gas contains radioactive particles which get trapped in your lungs every time you breath. As the radon gas particles break down, they release bursts of radiation that damage or destroy your lung tissue which can cause lung cancer, and long-term exposure may even cause death.
How do I find out if I have a radon problem? To find out if radon gas is a problem in your home, cottage, or office you must conduct a radon test. The PRO-LAB long-term radon gas test kit will give you an average radon level in your home, or cottage over an extended period of time (3 months to 1 year).