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Radon Testing

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

To find out if your home, or a home you are considering buying, falls below the recommended reference level you need to take a radon test.

Property Health Check is the distributor in Ireland of Radonova radon testing detectors, the leading global radon company. Radonova are accredited with ISO17025, the gold standard for analytical laboratories. and accreditation of this standard assures  you of the highest quality and accuracy of radon measurement and analysis. Radanova are the only radon measurement provider in Ireland with this accreditation.

Types of radon tests

Long Term Test

The Radonova Radtrak²® detector is a long-term test for monitoring radon and is placed in a property for a minimum of 90 days and a maximum of a full year. The guidelines put in place by the EPA are based on a year long exposure to radon. This extremely accurate detector uses the proven accuracy of alpha track technology to detect radon. The analysis result will take into account daily fluctuations in radon and provide you with a seasonally adjusted average concentration. The detectors are supplied by post with full instructions about placement and postal return by client.

Short Term Test

The Radonova Rapidos® detector is a short term indicative test for monitoring radon and is placed in a property for a minimum of 10 days and a maximum of 30 days. 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. The detectors are supplied by post with full instructions about placement and postal return by client.

If radon is detected with the Rapidos® detector it is necessary to perform a longer term more accurate assessment using Radtrak²® detectors, over a three month period, to confirm the initial findings.

Same Day Test

If required the Sniffer Test provides an immediate indication of radon presence in a property. The test is performed in the property by an engineer and the results are available on the day. Supply of two Radtrak²® detectors is included with this test so that you are also provided with the EPA recommended laboratory radon analysis results for the property. These are supplied by post when the property is available for long term testing. This long term analysis takes into account daily fluctuations in radon and provide you with a seasonally adjusted 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
  • occupants of the property are smokers

 

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Why Property Health Check uses Radonova products

 

ASPECT OF SERVICE PROVIDED

RADONOVA

* OTHER PROVIDERS

Is the supplier registered to provide a Radon Measurement Service on EPA Ireland?

YES

YES

Is a long-term Alpha Track CR-39 test available?

YES

YES

Is the detector stored and supplied in radon proof packaging to prevent any radon measurement occurring before deployment of the detector?

YES

NO

Is there a short-term indicative (10 days for residential transactions) Alpha Track CR-39 test available?

YES

NO

Are detectors analysed in a recognised world-renowned laboratory?

YES

NO

Does the analysis laboratory have International Accreditation Standard ISO 17025?

 

YES

 

NO

Do auditors monitor and assess whether the laboratory’s accredited measurement methods are being maintained and continues to meet the requirement of the international quality standard ISO 17025?

YES

NO

Is the laboratory measuring equipment regularly checked and calibrated in accordance with ISO 17025|?

 

YES

 

NO

Is there an online client management tool to monitor all stages of deployment and analysis?

 

YES

 

NO

Are analysis results available to clients within 7 days of device return?

YES

Up to 5 weeks

Are measurement results always available to clients online 24/7?

YES

NO

Is the client report available online to view or download when convenient?

YES

NO

Is there specialised customer support backed up by ISO 17025 accredited laboratory personnel?

YES

NO

Can the supplier guarantee that they are providing more than a minimum standard product and confirm that the analysis will be carried out in an ISO 17025 approved laboratory?

YES

NO

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