Radon is a naturally occurring, radioactive gas formed by the breakdown of uranium. Radon is tasteless, colorless, and odorless, and is found in many types of soil and rocks. It can enter homes through cracks in foundations, sump pump crocks, crawl spaces, or other openings.
Radon is present in outdoor air, but is diluted to such low levels that it is usually not a concern. However, inside an enclosed space (such as a home), radon can build up to dangerous levels. Any home can have a radon problem - new and old homes, well-sealed and drafty homes, and homes with or without basements. The only way to know your home's radon level is to test!
Radon Test Kits
Order a radon kit online
Do-it-yourself radon kits are available to order online for $9.95. These are the same type of kits distributed at the offices listed below.
Purchase a radon test kit in person
Do-it-yourself radon test kits are available for $10 at the following locations. You do not have to be a Washtenaw County resident to purchase a kit, and you can use the kit to test a home that is not in Washtenaw County.
- Washtenaw County Environmental Health Division - Our office is open by appointment only, from 10am-Noon and 2-4pm, Monday-Friday. Call 734-222-3800 to make an appointment. For a no-contact purchase, call 734-222-3800 or fax 734-222-3930 (use this credit card payment form). After payment processing, you will be notified to come pick up the radon kit in the lobby of Western County Service Center at 705 N Zeeb Road, Ann Arbor. Email Angela Parsons with questions.
- Ypsilanti Township Residential Services Department - Between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday (closed for lunch Noon to 1 p.m. daily). The office is located in the Tilden R. Stumbo Civic Center at 7200 S Huron River Drive, Ypsilanti, MI 48197. Email Carly Willis or call 734-544-3512 with questions.