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Radon in Real Estate Guidance Is Offered by Michigan Radon Program

by Margaret Henderson

With the increasing frequency of radon testing by buyers as a part of the home buying process, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality Indoor Radon Program has provided guidance on some basics about radon in homes. The Program’s purpose is to increase awareness of the health risk associated with exposure to elevated indoor radon levels, to encourage testing for radon, and to also encourage citizens to take action to reduce their exposure once elevated radon levels are found.

The Michigan Program indicates that about 12% of homes in Michigan have radon levels in excess of the 4pCi/L EPA recommended action level. Some Michigan counties have even higher percentages of homes with radon exceeding that level—as many as 40-45% of them. The Program notes the only way to know the radon level is to test the home.

The Program offers guidance to home buyers:

  • Testing is easy to do and buyers should select testers certified by the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) or the National Radon Safety Board (NRSB). The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality maintains lists of qualified testers and contractors.
  • Radon exposures can be fixed and concentrations reduced to below 4pCi/L.
  • Reduction systems can be installed in a short period of time, such as one day.
  • Once installed can be operated for as little as $3.00 per month.

Contacts for more information:
e-mail radon@michigan.gov
telephone 800-RADON-GAS