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Radon test kits are now available!
The Madison Health Department is currently launching its annual Radon Awareness Program. Our mission is to promote radon awareness, testing, mitigation, and radon-resistant new construction throughout the state in order to reduce the number of radon-induced lung cancer deaths in Connecticut.
The only way to know if you have an elevated radon level above the EPA action level of 4pCi/L is to test your home’s indoor air. High levels of radon in homes usually come from the surrounding soil. Radon gas is drawn into a house through foundation cracks and openings on the lower levels of your home. Radon may also be found in your water supply if your home is served by a private well.
The EPA recommends that homeowners may want to consider fixing their homes for radon levels between 2 pCi/L and 4 pCi/L. Even if your radon test result is below 4 pCi/L, you may want to test again sometime in the future. If you are planning a structural renovation, such as converting an unfinished basement area into a living space, it is important to test both before you begin the renovation and after the work is completed.
You should choose a qualified radon mitigation (reduction) contractor to take steps to reduce the levels to below 4 pCi/L. A mitigation contractor takes steps including installing ventilation systems, sealing entry routes for radon gas and installing sub-slab depressurization systems to reduce radon levels.
** Request for test kits need to be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or calling (203)-245-5681. Test kits are limited, they will be distributed on a first request, first serve basis.
If you have any questions regarding the results of your recent radon test please contact our office.
Trent C. Joseph, M.P.HDirector of Health