Radon

Taylor County Health Department is the home for The Northern Wisconsin Radon Information Center serving citizens of Ashland, Bayfield, Iron, Lincoln, Price, Rusk and Taylor County.

Radon Testing

Radon is a naturally occurring, odorless, radioactive gas that can seep into a house through the foundation, causing cancer. Every region of Wisconsin has some homes with elevated radon levels. Since you cannot see or smell radon, special equipment is needed to detect it. The only way to find out if you have elevated radon levels in your home is to measure it.  

There are two ways to test radon:

  1. Passive radon testing devices include radon detectors, such as charcoal canisters, alpha-track detectors and charcoal liquid scintillation devices. They are exposed to the air in the lowest, lived in level for a specific period of time, and then sent to a laboratory for analysis. 
  2. Active radon detectors, which require operation by trained testers.  Radon testing kits are available from our office.

There are two different types of radon testing kits and both are available for purchase in our office:

  1. A short-term test kit runs for 2-4 days 
  2. long-term test kit runs for at least 91 days and up to 365 days

Purchasing a Radon Testing Kit:

Long & short-term test kits are sold in our office at the following rates:

  1. Stop in our office anytime during business hours Mon-Fri 8a-4:30p and pick up a kit

*accepted payment: cash, check or credit/debit card

Office Pick Up Radon Testing Kit Prices: 

  •  Short Term: $20
  • Long Term: $25

2.Visit our online payment system [ Click Here ] to order a water test kit to be mailed to your home

* Be sure to fill out the form accurately so we know where to send the collection bottle. Once we receive payment, we will send out the collection bottle(s)!

Mailed Radon Testing Kit Prices: 

    •  Short Term: $30
    • Long Term: $35

When should I test for radon?

All homes should be tested for radon – especially before buying or selling a home.

How do I get my results?

The results are mailed to you with pertinent information from the Northern Wisconsin Radon Information Center or your health department.