Radon kits are available during regular business hours at Black Hawk County Public Health, 1407 Independence Avenue, 5th Floor, Waterloo.
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Radon is a colorless, odorless, radioactive gas and is the leading cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers. Iowa households have especially high levels of radon (over six times the national average!), and the Iowa Department of Public Health recommends that everyone test their home.
Testing is the only way to know if radon is present. You can't see, taste, or smell radon. There are also no immediate symptoms, but long-term exposure can cause cellular damage leading to lung cancer. Click here for a video on how to test for radon.
The Black Hawk County Board of Health recommends the following measures to reduce the impact of radon exposure on public health:
Black Hawk County Public Health maintains a small number of Air Check short-term radon test kits on hand and sells them at a cost of $10.00 per kit. Radon test kits can also be purchased through numerous vendors, both online or in person.
If you prefer to have a professional test your home, Iowa Department of Public Health website provides a list of Certified Radon Measurement Specialists.
Results at or above 4 pCi/L are considered elevated and mitigation is recommended by the Environmental Protection Agency, however mitigation decisions should not be based upon a single test result.
Credentialed radon mitigation contractors can install a radon mitigation system that lowers radon levels in your home. The goal of installing a radon mitigation system in a home is to reduce radon to the lowest possible level.
Visit the Iowa Department of Public Health website for a list of credentialed mitigation specialists in Iowa.