Radon Gas Testing in Portland, OR

Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that exists almost everywhere in small quantities. While having a small amount of radon inside your home or business is normal, it can pose health risks – including lung cancer – if large amounts of radon enter the building and become trapped. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), inhaling radon gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the country. Because of this, the EPA recommends testing for radon regularly (every two years) and provides guidelines for acceptable levels of radon, measured in picocuries per liter (pCi/L).

Radon gas has no odor, color or taste, making it impossible to detect without a specially designed radon test. Luckily, Alpha Environmental’s radon testing options are easy and affordable. 

Our experts will gather data on the levels of radon inside your home or business and analyze and return the results to inform you about your level of risk. Testing is typically done in the lowest livable area of your home. If elevated levels of radon are found, we also have the equipment and expertise needed to perform radon mitigation using radon mitigation systems. Contact us today to schedule your radon test.

Types of Radon Tests

According to the Oregon Health Authority, Portland has some of the highest levels of radon risk in the state. While living inside a zip code that is designated as “high risk” doesn’t mean there will be elevated levels of radon inside your home or business, it does make it even more important to have testing done. 

Alpha Environmental offers three types of radon testing based on your situation and needs:

  1. Short-term testing
  2. Long-term testing 
  3. Continuous radon monitoring

Each testing technique has advantages and disadvantages. Regardless of the type of test, testing for radon is best performed by experienced professionals. 

DIY testing kits may be able to tell you whether radon is present in your home or business, but they won’t inform you of the amount of radon that is present or where it’s entering the building. This leaves you with little information regarding potential health risks and proper mitigation strategies.

Short-Term Radon Testing

Short-term radon testing offers the quickest turnaround time. Our short-term tests return results within as little as two days. Because results are delivered quickly, this is a great option for real estate transactions.

Radon levels fluctuate naturally over time and can be influenced by factors such as the climate and season. For this reason, short-term tests are not as accurate as other testing options, as they only provide a snapshot of radon levels over the course of a few days. 

Long-Term Radon Testing

Alpha Environmental’s long-term radon testing monitors the levels of radon inside your home for more than 90 days. While results from these tests take a few months to return, the longer testing time period accounts for varying levels of radon throughout the year. Thus, long-term tests yield more accurate results than short-term testing.

Continuous Radon Monitoring

Continuous radon monitoring is the best way to get an accurate portrait of radon levels inside your home or business during a short window of time. As the name implies, continuous testing monitors radon levels continuously over the 48-hour period.

This type of testing for radon requires specialized equipment and experience. To provide accurate test results, our radon test kit monitors must be calibrated to EPA standards twice per year. Our experts have access to the latest continuous radon monitoring technology and the knowledge necessary to help you interpret your results.

Alpha Environmental uses professional-grade continuous monitors to perform 48-hour radon tests. Windows and doors must remain closed as much as possible during the testing period to create a “worst-case scenario.” 

Radon Testing in Your Home or Business

Alpha Environmental has the expertise and equipment necessary to handle the type of radon test that best fits your needs. Contact us today to schedule testing for radon for your home or business.

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David D.
Lake Oswego, OR
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My wife and I experienced a hot water pipe busting in the crawlspace. It has been a total nightmare. However, Chris and his team provided expert quality care, with timeliness and the greatest degree of professionalism. I would HIGHLY recommend Alpha Enviornmental!
Zhanna S.
Beaverton, OR
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Can’t say enough about Alpha Environmental! Their costumer service is 10/10, they have really good systems in place, responsive, and professional. The gals in the scheduling department are always so kind! As a real estate agent, I use Alpha’s services numerous times a year. Either it’s for Mold bids, oil tank decommissioning, radon etc. They always do a fantastic job! Thank you for all the work you do!
Kristen L.
Portland, OR
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Wow where do I even begin?? We’re absolutely thrilled by the work Alpha has done for us and we’re eternally grateful to them for ridding our house of asbestos tile! They’re polite, kind, professional — from estimator Filo to manager Dame to Jake, Melvin and the other two guys on the crew (so sorry we didn’t get your names) — you guys are awesome and we so appreciate your help. Our house looks amazing. The peace of mind you’ve given us is priceless. We can’t thank you enough. We’ll certainly be in back in touch if we ever need any of your services again. Thank you thank you!!!
Jeff S.
Salem, OR
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Alpha environmental's employees were punctual, pleasant to work with and there services are reasonably priced. I highly recommend them because I would use them again in the future.
Lea C.
Tualatin, OR
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Took a water sample in for lead testing and they were so fast and helpful. Rodolfo was so nice and informative in explaining the testing and what it meant! Would definitely recommend everyone to go there and will go to them for any future needs!
Claire B.
Portland, OR
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Alpha environmental was extremely helpful in navigating me through the process of testing some leftover construction debris for asbestos so I could take it to the dump. Their office manager spent time with me on the phone discussing the options for sample collection, and was extremely friendly in answering my many questions. Sample drop off at the office was easy and the results even came back a few days earlier than expected. Will definitely return if I need more sampling done!
Jeff C.
Tigard, OR
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I would highly recommend anyone wanting, quick efficient services relating to environmental testing to check out Alpha Environmental. Not only was the staff friendly and responsive, but also professional! If I could 6 stars out of 5, I would!
Jotham P.
Portland, OR
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We used Alpha Environmental Services to conduct our home inspection, radon testing, sewer scope and oil tank decommissioning. Every part of their service was really professional. They took so many great photos of the house during the inspection and offered lots of explanation on what they found. Great team. Highly recommend!

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