Radon is a naturally occurring colorless, odorless, radioactive gas. It forms from the decay (break down) of the radioactive element, uranium, which is found in soil and rock, right here in Arizona. As uranium in our soil decays and generates radon gas, it moves through the soil and enter our homes through cracks and openings in the foundation into the air we breathe.
The amount of radon in the soil depends on soil chemistry, which varies from one house to the next. Radon levels in the soil range from a few hundred to several thousands of pCi/L (picocuries per liter) in air. The amount of radon that escapes from the soil to enter the house depends on the weather, soil porosity, soil moisture, and the suction within the house. Testing is the only way to know your level of exposure. Radon can have a big impact on indoor air quality.
You can order a radon test kit on our website; arizonaradonmitigation.com, and it will be shipped to your home. Remember that 1 test kit is enough for roughly up to 1,000 square feet. If your house is larger, you will need to order more kits.
Follow the instructions included with the test kit to sample your indoor air for radon. If you are placing several test kits, they should be deployed at the same time. Fill out the sampling information on the laboratory form, the report address is filled in, but the rest of the information is required for the laboratory to do the analysis. Once the laboratory form is filled out, you send the test kit to the laboratory and they analyze the test kit(s) and send the result(s) to Arizona Radon Pros. Once we get the results, we will call you to discuss the results.