Originally Posted By: ecrofutt
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I encourage those who are just getting started in radon testing to use the RadaLink program at www.radalink.com.
By the time you purchase a charcoal kit, mail it to the lab, get it back, deliver it to the client, include the requisite number of spikes, blanks, & duplicates, etc you've built up quite a cost per test. Somebody doing it this way would have to answer exactly how much.
Purchasing my own Continuous Radon Monitor, such as Sun Nuclear or one of the others is a fairly large initial outlay of cash. I still have to do my own reports, and get them to the client. Arrange to do the comparison tests, spikes, etc. Send it away for yearly calibration during which time I can't use it. Write and maintain a QA plan. Only someone whose done it can answer those cost questions.
With a RadaLink, I place the monitor, push a few buttons and go away. Sometime during the test, I spend about 5 or 10 minutes online at www.radalink.com
's site to upload the test data, i.e. client name, address, client e-mail, etc. At the end of the test, I hook the monitor to a phone line, punch a few buttons to get the data to Radalink on a toll free phone call, disconnect, take my machine and go away. RadaLink reviews the data, prepares the report, and e-mails it to the client. RadaLink develops and provides the QA plan. Sends me a new monitor before I have to send my old one to them for calibration.
At $165.00 a month flat rate for each monitor, 10 tests a month costs me $16.50 apiece. With no more of my time than setting and retrieving the monitor and inputting the data. All with professional backup and support.
If I start getting a lot more tests, I simply order more monitors shipped to me and terminate those when demand drops.
I think I'm going to love it.
Granted, maybe a couple of years down the road, when I have a hell of a lot more experience with radon testing and all the intricacies of the record keeping and testing and calibrating, I may decide to provide more of the labor myself and go with the Sun Nuclear or something simple.
But, for now, I prefer the ease of use and professional support from Radalink.
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