"Radon is an odorless, colorless, tasteless gas that is produced by the natural decay of uranium and radium in the soil. Since radon is a gas, it can easily enter homes and other buildings through cracks in the foundation. Inside of homes, radon may become trapped and build up to dangerous levels. Exposure to radon increases your risk of developing lung cancer.
Two out of five homes in Dakota County have radon levels above the acceptable U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guidelines.
Test your home Dakota County Public Health has radon test kits available at the Western Service Center and Northern Service Center for loan at no cost to county residents. Reusable test devices can be picked up and returned to the Public Health Department at:
On the second floor of the Western Service Center (Apple Valley)
On the fourth floor of the Northern Service Center (West St. Paul)
Pick up a kit from either location between from 8 a.m.-4:15 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The test takes four to seven days to complete. After the kits are returned to Public Health, the results will be analyzed and mailed to the home.
Radon test kits are also available at local hardware and home remodeling stores. When you purchase a kit, check to see if the purchase price includes lab analysis. Some kits require an additional fee to analyze your results.
There are options for purchasing a radon test through hardware stores, which work pretty well. What doesn't work well is trying to install a radon system yourself. With the days of HGTV DYIer's and the You-Tuber's - I have seen systems done without professionals and they usually do not turn out well, and in fact during inspections are called out to be completely replaced. So, if you need a radon system, please think twice before trying to do it yourself or going with the very cheapest bid. After all, this is your life and health you are dealing with. Please seek professional advice and installation.
Author:Lisa Handley Phone: 612-390-6520 Dated: January 26th 2018 Views: 645 About Lisa: TEAM LEADER & Sales Manager for TC Specialists is LISA HANDLEY - 612-390-6520. Lisa is a native of M...
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TEAM LEADER & Sales Manager for TC Specialists is LISA HANDLEY - 612-390-6520. Lisa is a native of McIntosh, Minnesota, moved "south" with her family, to where it is "warmer" and, as an empty-nester, pursued her long-time goal of becoming a top real estate agent. She has been married to husband Chris for 23 years and has a son, Tyler, who is also an Realtor for the Twin Cities Specialists Team (612-516-7760) and a daughter, Erica, who is attending the University of Minnesota and plays for the Gophers volleyball team. Lisa is goal and service oriented and works hard to achieve what she sets her sites on. Lisa has proven her commitment to success through her years of working in Higher Education where she became a Head College Volleyball Coach and Sports Information Director, all by the age of 29. She then earned her Master’s Degree, became an Instructor, Athletic Director and finally Dean of Student Services. Lisa's cherish's her positions on her journey to founding Handley Enterprises, Inc., and the Twin Cities Specialists team. Her coaching, team building, marketing and business experience was the perfect combination leading up to her successful real estate career.
Throughout her journey there was one constant: Lisa is a person who cares about people and will do what it takes to see others achieve their goals. Ultimately, this is what prompted her to start her own team. The Twin Cities Specialists consists of service-oriented agents and other industry professionals that will do and be the best for our clients through the entire buying and selling process. TC Specialists will be there for our clients from the very early stages of planning, home market analysis's, pre-approvals, showings, listing, staging, photography, showings, negotiations, and all the way through the closings. Our mission is to treat our clients the way we would want our own families to be treated, with kindness, respect and service that goes above and beyond.