Ann Arbor, MI – According to the Surgeon General of the United States, radon gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer next to smoking. Michigan has radon levels that are much higher than the national average which is why testing for this dangerous gas is all the more important if you live in Michigan. Some of the known radon “hot spots” are located in Washtenaw, Livingston, Oakland County, Wayne, Monroe, Lenawee, Macomb, Hillsdale, and Jackson Counties. Keep in mind, that radon problems are not exclusive to these areas. All homes should be tested regardless of location or type of construction.
“You cannot see, smell, or taste radon gas so the only way to know if a home has a radon problem is to conduct a test” according to Jamey Gelina, a certified radon specialist with Air Quality Control, Michigan’s largest radon mitigation agency. Radon test kits are available from local hardware stores, health departments, or directly from Ann Arbor Radon Remediation Services by calling (734) 971-0446.
Radon testing is easy and inexpensive and should be a routine part of home maintenance especially in areas with known radon problems. These areas include Canton, Pinckney, Oxford, Troy, Ann Arbor, Waterford, Whitmore Lake, Fenton, White Lake, Highland, Wixom, Manchester, Bloomfield Hills, Detroit, Saline, Dexter, and surrounding Michigan communities.
When a radon measurement in a home, office, school, or commercial building is 4.0 or higher, action should be taken to reduce the levels. Radon gas abatement (radon removal) is achieved via the installation of a ventilation system by a qualified radon reduction company. These companies are also known as radon mitigation contractors or “mitigators.” A radon remediation system can be installed in most homes for under $800. This is a small price to pay to reduce the risk of lung cancer. More information about reducing your family’s exposure to radon gas is available by calling 1-800-NO-RADON or (734) 971-0446.
Air Quality Control Agency, Ann Arbor Michigan’s leading installer of radon reduction systems, recommends that all homes be tested for radon gas. Some of the Southeast Michigan towns affected by radon are Ann Arbor, Saline, Dexter, Brighton, Ypsilanti, Northville, South Lyon, Clarkston, Commerce Twp, Lake Orion, Novi, Rochester Hills, Milford, Farmington Hills, Plymouth, Chelsea, and West Bloomfield. When radon levels are found to be 4.0 or higher, a radon removal system can be installed to fix the problem. This is known as “radon mitigation” or “remediation.” For more information, call 1-800-NO-RADON or 734-971-0446.