Radon is an invisible, radioactive gas created from natural deposits of uranium in the ground. Radon gas can be drawn into a building and build up to levels that can cause a health concern. Finding high levels of radon in the home has nothing to do with the age, quality, or upkeep of the home.
Surveys done by the State of Michigan show that about 12% of Michigan homes have levels higher than the recommended level of 4.0 picoCurie per liter (pCi/L). Home testing is the only way to know if a home has high radon levels. Testing is easy to do. There are many testing companies and home inspectors who offer radon measurement services. Look for EPA listed individuals.
Finding a home with a radon system already installed is a plus. Having one put in is affordable, lowers radon levels, and can enhance future resale value.
Environmental Health staff can provide radon information to homeowners, realtors, and building contractors.
Radon Test Kits
Short term radon test kits are free during the month of January. Short term ($10) and long term ($15) radon test kits are available year round at the health department.