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Radon Testing

In Uncategorized on August 6, 2013 at 12:37 pm

Radon Testing


It’s time to remind you about radon testing.

In the earth is uranium. Uranium releases radon gas, which in many cases is safely diluted into the atmosphere.

Radon gas enters our houses through floor drains, sump pump openings, and through foundation walls or those hairline cracks in the basement floor.  To us, those hairline cracks seem insignificant. To a radon molecule, those cracks are as wide as the Grand Canyon.

What you may not be aware of is radon is in your house as an odorless, tasteless and invisible gas. Also, you may not know that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States.

You should and can test your house for radon. The test is free to inexpensive and the following information will advise you where to get your radon test kit in your area.

1.       The Oakland County Health Department: 248-424-7000. Test kits can be purchased at their south branch located in Southfield at 27725 Greenfield Rd. or their north branch in Pontiac at 1200 N Telegraph Rd. Bldg. 34 East, Monday-Friday from 8:30 – 5:00 pm. They charge $10.00, which includes the test kit, the instructions for performing the test and return packaging for lab testing. The test is a three to seven day short-term charcoal test kit.

2.       The Wayne County Health Department: 734-727-7400. They offer their residents the radon test kits for free. They are provided by the State of MI and can be picked up at the following location: 5454 Venoy, Wayne, MI (just north of Metro airport) From 8:00 to 4:30 Monday through Friday. It is a 72-hour test and the kit comes with all instructions as well as packaging for sending it in for the lab results.

3.       The Macomb County Health Department: 586-469-5235. The radon charcoal test kits are free to Macomb County residents only. It is a three to seven day, short-term charcoal test. You are allowed 1 kit per family and it can be picked up at the Macomb County. Health Dept. at two different locations:

1. 43525 Elizabeth Rd., Mt. Clemens, MI

2. 27690 Van Dyke Rd. Warren, MI

All of the above kits get mailed to N. Carolina for lab results. The results could take two to three weeks to get depending on how busy the lab is. The above counties all suggested that when you mail the radon test in for results, include your contact information, such as name, address, phone number, and your email address.

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