Local NBC affiliate KSN aired a great story last week about the importance and need for radon tests. In addition to informing people what radon is, where it comes from, and why radon is dangerous, it touched on the two types of radon tests: do-it-yourself kits and professional tests from a certified radon technician (like myself).
Here’s a breakdown of the differences so you can choose the best test for you:
Do-It-Yourself radon tests
Often referred to as charcoal kits, you can purchase them at most home improvement stores
Set it up in the home and after 72 hours, mail it to a laboratory out of state for results
Results take approximately 5 to 10 days to receive, depending on where the lab is located
User is responsible for correct set up as well as correct monitoring and sending to lab
Cost about $9 to purchase and about $10-$15 to overnight to the lab
Results do not qualify to be used in a Kansas real estate transaction
Tests by a certified radon technician
Professional-grade radon measurement test. I use a Sun Nuclear 1028 Continuous Radon Monitor calibrated annually
Machine is set up in the home for 48 hours of continuous monitoring. Machine takes a reading once every hour. Results available immediately
Radon technician can send results immediately. Results include graphs as well as highest, lowest, and average levels of radon during testing period
A state-trained and certified technician is responsible for performing test correctly
Cost about $100
When completed by a certified radon technician, these are the only results that legally qualify to be used in a Kansas real estate transaction.