What You Can Do
Let’s clear the air: every home should be tested for radon every 3-5 years. It’s the only way to know if your house has a problem. Radon testing should be done whether you live in an existing home, are buying a home, or are building a new home. If you have a well, you need to test it for radon along with the air.
- If you are buying or selling a house and testing for radon, state law requires you to use a Maine registered radon tester.
- If your home is not for sale, you can test for radon with a simple test kit you can buy from a Maine registered testing lab.
- To find a Maine registered tester in your area, or a lab for test kits, contact the Maine Radiation Control Program.
Radon problems can be fixed. If test results show high levels of radon in your home’s air or water, you’ll want to act fast to address the issue. Here’s how:
- Fixing a radon problem should be done by an expert—a registered contractor. Visit this website to search for companies that are currently registered to provide radon services.
- If you have an existing home with high radon levels, you can fix the problem by having a mitigation system installed.
- If you are building a new home, ask your contractor to install radon-resistant features.
- Don’t forget to retest every 3 to 5 years to make sure the radon levels in your home have not increased.
- The Environmental Protection Agency maintains a network of hotlines to assist with radon-related issues – from purchasing radon kits to offering live help for your radon questions.
- Systems to lower radon levels in air and water can be expensive. There are a few programs to help people pay for the cost of radon treatment: