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How to conduct a radon test in Idaho

Idaho Radon Services
April 18, 2024
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How to conduct a radon test in Idaho

Before you order your free radon test in Idaho, you may be wondering how complex it is to test your home for radon. Have no fear! Testing your home for radon is fast and simple. Completing the test should only take 10–15 minutes of your time over 48 hours. 

Take a look at the instructions below, then click here to order your free radon test.

Step 1: Prepare your home

It’s important to close all exterior doors and windows at least 12 hours before starting the test and keep them closed during the entire test. You can open and close exterior doors to come and go, but you should not prop open doors or leave windows open.

Your home’s central air/heating systems can be used as normal with the fan on auto, but swamp coolers must be turned off for accurate results. If you have a swamp cooler, we recommend saving your test for cooler months when the swamp cooler can be completely turned off.

Step 2: Place the test

The Alpha Energy Labs instructions will ask you to register your test. We recommend doing this after you have conducted the test as you will need to provide the test start and stop times. We encourage you to write down the dates and times you start and stop your test so you don’t forget.

Your test should be placed in the lowest level of your home in a location where it will not be disturbed. A bedroom or living area is ideal, and you should not place it in a bathroom, kitchen, closet, or furnace room. 

Place the test on a chair or table 20–36 inches above the floor, at least 1 foot from an exterior wall, and at least 3 feet from a window. Leave the test for at least 48 hours, but no longer than 96 hours. We recommend setting a reminder alarm on your phone to notify you to stop the test in 48 hours.

Step 3: Submit the test information

You can submit your test information online or with the paper form included in your test kit. If you would like to submit it online, you can scan the QR code included in the test instructions and follow the prompts. If you submit online, you do not need to include the form with your test (and vice versa).

Step 4: Mail the test to the lab

Use the pre-paid label and mailer to send the test back to the lab. It’s crucial to send the test within 1–2 days of finishing the test. You will usually receive the test results within 1–2 weeks, and if your test results are high, we can provide a free, no-obligation quote for a radon mitigation system.

It’s that easy! If you have any questions about your radon test in Idaho, you can always call us at 208-225-8500.

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