Can I purchase a radon test kit and do the test myself?
Yes. Radon test canisters are available at hardware stores (Lowes, Ace Hardware, for example), but you should call first to ensure the store carries them. Sometimes the canisters have an expiration date, so you should check the date before purchasing the kit. Normally you would test in the lowest livable space in your home, which is typically the basement, regardless of whether it’s finished or not. Follow the instructions included in the kit regarding canister placement for the test. It’s generally recommended that you do a short-term test first, which lasts 2 to 4 days. For a short term test, the house should be closed up for 12 hours prior to the test. This means close all windows and doors, but you can open a door if necessary to enter and leave the house.

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1. Is mold harmful to my family?
2. How do I clean up mold?
3. Is air sampling for mold recommended?
4. I have mold in my apartment and my landlord won’t do anything about it. What are my options?
5. Can you check the air quality in our home? Our family is experiencing symptoms.
6. I want to measure the radon levels in my home. How do I do this?
7. How does Tri-County Health Department test for radon and is there a fee?
8. Can I purchase a radon test kit and do the test myself?
9. I tested my home for radon and the level came back high. What do I do?
10. What is Asbestos?
11. What are the health effects from exposure to asbestos?
12. I want to know if material in my home contains asbestos. How can I test for this?