Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer deaths among nonsmokers in America resulting in about 21,000 American deaths annually. Radon occurs naturally and can enter a home in many ways such as cracks in floors and walls, construction joints, gaps around service pipes, and sump pits that are not hermetically sealed. Radon is a radioactive, colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas, so the only way to detect it in your home is through testing.
The good news is January is National Radon Action Month, and Linn County Public Health is making testing your home for radon easy and inexpensive.
You can order short-term and long-term radon test kits from Linn County Public Health by calling 319-892-6000 or stopping by our office at 1020 6th St. SE in Cedar Rapids Monday through Friday between 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The cost is $10 for a short-term kit and $25 for a long-term kit. The kits are available from Linn County Public Health year-round. Our staff can help answer your questions about radon testing, so get your kit today!