If you are also looking for a short-term solution, then read our detailed First Alert RD1 Radon Gas Test Kit review. The kit comes with a radon sampler, an instruction manual, and an envelope. It is a very safe and accurate test for radon. Although it consists of a one-time use of the test, the kit is cost-effective compared to expensive radon gas detectors.
The kit is designed for one-time use. This home radon test kit is EPA listed for radon gas measurement competence. We have hired experts to help us test this kit in our office premises. Lab fees except NJ state tests are also included in the package.
The First Alert kit is permitted to use within states of the USA only. The design is all about samplers. After it is exposed to the environment of your home or any other property, it must be dispatched to the First Alert lab for further testing and within a week or so the result is delivered to your home.
We also advise you to read the First Alert manual instructions before use. The structure of the sampler kit is also simple to use, and clear instructions are provided for sending the exposed sampler to the lab. We encountered no difficulty exposing the sampler to the air. The package includes an envelope for sending the sample to the lab.
On the back of the safety kit, comprehensive testing measures are given along with a hint of sources of radon gas. It helps you to find the right location for placing the sampler. It is also equipped with other information like preventive measures to help you eradicate radon gas from your property. The instruction manual properly guides you on how, when, where and for how much time the sampler should be kept to take a sample.
The manufacturer suggests keeping the sampler for two to four days. Thus, we preferred it to use it for almost three days in our office. It will offer you the most accurate results. The lowest point in our office in the basement.
So, we placed the sampler there for about three days. After keeping it still for three days, we placed the sample into the given envelope safely for dispatch. While placing the sample back into the envelope, just make sure you do not contaminate it. This may introduce some inaccurate results.
For test results, you have to wait for a maximum of 4 days, not more than that. As long as it is sealed, the shelf life is also good. But after it is opened, use it either immediately or in a few hours to get efficient results. Depending upon the results, EPA prefers second testing also.
When we received the results, the radon level was around 0.9 pCi/L. As it is ideal, our experts recommended not to use any second testing. If the results are between 4-8 pCi/L, then you will be required second testing with a long-term testing kit by EPA. And, if the results will be above 8 pCi/L, the second testing with a short-term kit is preferred. Well, simply utilize this short-term kit after the installation of a mitigation system.
Its installation is easy. As I mentioned earlier, it is very easy to place the sample wherever you want to test the presence of radon. For the area of 2000 sq. feet, then one kit is sufficient, and keep the sample exposed for two to four days. If you are testing the presence of radon on different floors, then one kit may not prove to be sufficient. The box itself contains all those tools that are necessary to take the sample.
Use the info card to record the start and end timings of your sample. Then, carefully put the sample into an envelope to send it to the lab for test results. Here is quick info for those who want to place a dehumidifier in the basement.
Just keep in mind that it should impact the airflow, and in turn, it will impact the results. Also, remember to place the sampler at the lowest position of your sampling area.
This short-term solution worked very well for us. Again, in an installation part, you have to just place the available charcoal sack sampler for some period and then wait for results to come.
Other than environmental factors impacting the sample, we have encountered no other downfalls. And, for speed delivery, they also charge $10. Even if you will not opt-in, the maximum time of test delivery results is 2 days, not more than that.
Lab fees are also included, so there are no questions of any hidden fees. Thus, overall, the price is fair for a one-time use kit. However, you to see if you want to measure radon gas for once or if you want to continuously monitor it. For one-time measurement, we suggest First Alert RD1 Radon Gas and for continuous measurement go with any electronic radon gas detector.
While we were doing the First Alert RD1 radon gas test kit review, we opted for the fast delivery of $10 extra. We have done this to check their delivery time. It is exactly as mentioned. Those wanting to go for a short-term solution may consider First Alert RD1 kit. You need not have to worry about paying additional lab fees as it is included. There is also an ease of lab testing. Plus, the package comes with all the necessary tools to test the radon gas levels. So no worries about buying additional accessories too.