Winter is the Best Time to Test for Radon

Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer behind cigarettes. Radon gas is a byproduct of uranium decaying and is present in granite. Here in Maine, it is found naturally in the soil and water (1). Because of this, radon can seep into your house from the ground or through your well water. The gas emitted from the soil and water becomes trapped in your home putting your health at risk.

Heating season is the best time to test for radon because your home is closed up against the cold weather. Testing for radon is very simple and the testing kits are under $30. You can purchase your own kit at Maine Coast Construction on 107 Elm Street in Camden.  The office is open Monday through Friday, 8am – 4pm.

If you do have high radon, there are ways to bring it down to safe levels in your home. It is best to have this work done by a registered expert.

Maine Coast Construction has been installing Air Radon Mitigation systems for over 15 years and is registered with the State of Maine Department of Health and Human Services.  Please email handyman@mainecoastconstruction.com for more information or call 207-236-6000.

More information about radon is available on the State of Maine website at http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/environmental-health/rad/radon/hp-radon.htm

1. http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/environmental-health/rad/radon/documents/radon-in-maine.pdf

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