Can I purchase a radon test kit and do the test myself?
Yes. Radon test canisters are available at hardware stores (Lowes, Ace Hardware, for example), but you should call first to ensure the store carries them. Sometimes the canisters have an expiration date, so you should check the date before purchasing the kit. Normally you would test in the lowest livable space in your home, which is typically the basement, regardless of whether it’s finished or not. Follow the instructions included in the kit regarding canister placement for the test. It’s generally recommended that you do a short-term test first, which lasts 2 to 5 days. For a short term test, the house should be closed up for 12 hours prior to the test. This means close all windows and doors, but you can open a door if necessary to enter and leave the house.

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1. What if my home does not have a basement, do I still need to test for radon?
2. Where should the test kit be placed?
3. My home was built with radon resistant new construction (RRNC), what is that?
4. What are the costs associated with radon mitigation?
5. How do I know if my radon mitigation system was installed correctly?
6. I want to measure the radon levels in my home. How do I do this?
7. How does Tri-County Health Department test for radon and is there a fee?
8. Can I purchase a radon test kit and do the test myself?
9. I tested my home for radon and the level came back high. What do I do?