How to know if your home has radon
Many states provide free radon test kits
Vermonters – get your free kit here
What is radon?
Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas. Radon has no color, odor or taste and results from the decay of uranium, which is a radioactive element found naturally in the earth’s crust. Over billions of years, uranium decays into radium, and eventually, radon.
Unless you test for it, there is no way of knowing if radon is present in your home.
If you live in Vermont, you can order a free radon test kit
Submit a Completed Form Online:
Complete the online form and select the “Submit” button on the bottom of the form.
Mail a Completed Form:
Complete the form here, select the “Print” button on the bottom of the form and mail it to the Radon Program at.
VT Dept of Health, Radon Program
Division of Health Surveillance
108 Cherry Street, PO Box 70
Burlington, VT 05402
Fax a Completed Form:
Complete the form here, select the “Print” button on the bottom of the form and fax it to 802-863-7483.
Call to Request a Form:
Call us at 1-800-439-8550 and we will send you a radon kit in the mail.
Special thanks to NeighborWorks of Western Vermont for tipping me off to this free service in Vermont.
What is NeighborWorks?
The mission of NeighborWorks of Western Vermont is to strengthen the development of a regional economy by promoting safe, efficient and stable housing, and community projects through education, technical assistance, and financial services.
Through their work in making homes more efficient, they know that tightening up our homes to eliminate drafts also traps potential toxins inside.
If you would like to own your own home, visit NeighborWorks’ Take Home Buyer Education class.
Quoting the “About the Class” section of their website
About The Class
Homebuyer Education is a nationally recognized course taught by a nationally certified instructor. Classes are either full-day (eight hours), or evening (two four-hour sessions). All classes include breaks and light meals.
We encourage people to take Homebuyer Education in person if they are able. In-person classes have guest presenters such as realtors, insurance agents, lenders, and home inspectors. These professionals offer an inside scoop and valuable advice in their area of expertise.
You will have free access to our expert Home Buying Coach after you complete the class. You can meet with her as many or as few times as you would like throughout your home buying experience. Appointments are scheduled at a later date. NeighborWorks® will also provide you with a certificate recognized, and often required, by lenders across the country when you are ready to purchase a home.
- Your readiness to buy
- Budgeting and Credit
- Shopping for a home
- Getting a mortgage
- Home inspections and insurance
- Life after closing
- Information about grants, subsidies, and special loan products
Testing your home for radon gas is easy
Here’s a video from Canada that gives you a pretty good overview of what radon is, how to test for it and what to do about it. Even though it’s from Health Canada, the facts are the same anywhere.