What is radon?
Every home has radon gas in it. This cancer-causing radioactive gas is colourless, tasteless and odourless making it a silent and hidden threat to the people that live in your home. The acceptable level or “Reference level” for home in Ireland is 200 becquerel per cubic metre (Bq/m3).
Testing for radon
The only way to find out if your home, or a home you are considering buying, falls below the recommended reference level is to take a radon test.
Property Health Check is the main distributor in Ireland of Radonova radon testing products, the leading global radon company. Radonova have been accredited with ISO17025, the gold standard for analytical laboratories, assuring you of the highest quality and accuracy of measurement that you can rely on. Radanova are the only radon measurement provider in Ireland with this accreditation.
Types of radon tests
The Rapidos detector is for short term indicative measurement (a minimum of 10 days) and is ideal for the property market. While not a traditional short-term test, the device combines the need for a quicker test with the proven accuracy of alpha track technology. Since it is not susceptible to the vulnerabilities that typically hinder other short-term tests, you will quickly have an indicative measurement at short notice for radon in a property.
If radon is detected with The Rapidos detector it would be necessary to perform a longer term more accurate assessment using Radtrak²®detectors, over a three month period, to confirm the initial findings.
The Radtrak² is a long-term test that will monitor between 90 days and 1 full year. The guidelines put in place by the EPA are based on a year long exposure to radon. This extremely accurate test will take into account all of the daily fluctuations in radon and provide an average concentration.
When to get a radon test
You should consider undertaking a radon test for a property if:
- no measurement has ever been conducted
- more than 10 years has passed since the last measurement
- major refurbishment to the property has taken place since the last measurement
- remediation work has been undertaken for previously high radon levels
- the property is under new occupation