Nebraska Radon Program
Testing for Radon
Radon testing is recommended in all homes in Nebraska. Conducting a radon test is the only way to know how much radon you are exposed to. Fortunately radon testing is easy and inexpensive, and homes that have high radon levels can be easily fixed. If a home or building has an annual average radon level of 4 pCi/L or higher, it should be mitigated (fixed) to lower the radon level.
Short-term vs. Long-term Radon Tests
Short-term radon tests run typically from 2 to 7 days. They are useful as an initial screening test because they are inexpensive and the results are received quicker than long-term tests. Long-term tests run from 3 months to a full year and often give a better annual average of your radon exposure, since they can take into account the seasonal variations of radon.
Testing Your Home (Non-Real Estate Transactions)
If you want to know the radon level in your own home, you can conduct a test with a do-it-yourself kit. Follow the instructions that come with the test kit and place the kit in the lowest level where you spend time, preferably in a living room or bedroom. Do not test utility rooms, laundry rooms, or kitchens. If performing a short-term test, ensure windows are kept closed and entry/exit is kept to a minimum.
Steps to Testing Your Home