Test for Radon
Let’s Clear the Air
The second-leading cause of lung cancer in Maine is a silent threat, entering one in three homes at dangerous levels through the ground and well water. Prolonged exposure to this naturally occurring gas could put your health at serious risk, and the only way to know if your house has unsafe levels of radon is to test for it.
Every home should be tested for radon regularly. Radon testing is inexpensive and easy – and it could save your life.
- Do-it-yourself radon test kits are readily available at many local hardware stores or for purchase online.
- You can also hire a certified radon-testing professional. To find a registered tester in your area, contact the Maine Radiation Control Program.
- If you have a well, you need to test it for radon along with the air.
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.
- Fixing a radon problem should be done by 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 three to five 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.