DPH: Radon in Homes

Radon in Homes

Radon is a colorless, odorless gas. Testing is the only way to find out if your home has elevated radon levels. The DPH Radon Program recommends that Connecticut residents throughout the state test the air in their homes for radon. There are several different types of devices that measure radon in air and water. You can measure the radon in your air using approved test devices. There are short-term devices that measure for 2-90 days (usually 2-7 days) and long-term devices that measure for 90 days to one year. It is recommended that you have a professional test for radon in your home. The list of radon measurement professionals includes companies that have registered with the DPH and are currently listed with a National Radon Proficiency Program. In addition, many local health departments and districts provide free or discounted radon in air testing devices. 


If you are buying or selling a house;

  • Radon tests are often a part of a real estate transaction.

  • Requirements for radon testing and/or disclosure of radon levels may be required by law in your area.

  • EPA’s booklet Home Buyer's and Seller's Guide to Radon can help identify and address buyer, seller and real estate agent concerns.


If you are building a new house;

  • Homes can be built to prevent radon entry. This is known as radon-resistant construction.  

  • Having your builder incorporate radon-resistant features into your new home adds very little cost.

  • Homes with radon-resistant new construction features should be tested for radon after occupancy.

  • Provide your builder with the EPA’s booklet, Building Radon Out.

  • Visit the New Construction page for more information.


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