Can Energy Efficiency Mean a Higher Chance of Radon in Your Iowa Home?

Making your Iowa Home Energy Efficient Could Pose Radon Health Risks

Solutions for High Radon Levels in Energy Efficient Iowa Homes by AmeriservIn today’s world, homeowners seek to save as much money as possible while keeping their homes environmentally friendly. Reducing ventilation is one common way that this is done in homes. By sealing the home securely and ensuring that there are no gaps or cracks in the walls, the homeowners will significantly reduce the workload for the heating and cooling systems in the home. Not only does this lower the cost of the homeowner’s energy bills, but it is also a very “green” solution, since the less work the heater and air conditioner have to do, the less overall resources will be necessary to keep the home comfortable for the family.

There is, however, a drawback to having a home with little to no ventilation; the lack of ventilation in a home could lead to an increase in pollutants that enter the home from the soil beneath. One of the more common of these pollutants is radon, a colorless, odorless gas that is responsible for thousands of lung cancer related deaths throughout the country. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer, the first being smoking. If you or a family member is exposed to a elevated amounts of radon., the results could be tragic.

There are many different ways that radon can enter your home:

  • Leakage: If your home has cracks in the foundation, gaps in walls or floors, or loose fitting pipe joints, radon could leak into the home through these spaces.
  • Exposed Soil: Because radon seeps into the home from the soil underneath, it is vital to make sure that there is no exposed soil in your home’s crawlspace or around the sump pump.
  • Water Supply: If you have well water in your home, you may be at risk of radon exposure, as the water may carry radon from the ground into your home.

One way to reduce radon in your home is to use ventilation systems to give the radon a way to escape. Without this, the radon could remain trapped in your home, building up a higher and higher concentration. This is why it is important to make sure that your home is equipped with a proper radon mitigation system.

How to Reduce Radon in You Energy Efficient Home

Investing in a radon mitigation system from Ameriserv radon could greatly reduce the dangers that energy efficient homes often produce. If you are afraid that your home contains high radon levels, do not hesitate to get in touch with a professional right away. There a just a few simple steps that you need to take to keep your home safe from the dangers of radon:

  • Contact a professional radon mitigation expert
  • Have your home tested for radon levels
  • Invest in a radon mitigation system to remove radon
  • Take preventative measures to keep radon out in the future

We can take care of the radon in your home in no time. There are a couple different types of radon testing that can be done to determine whether or not your home contains a high level of radon. The first testing method, short term testing, involves using charcoal canisters, electret ion chambers, continuous monitors, and liquid scintillation to determine the radon levels in your home. These test are normally completed in around 2-7 days. Long term tests can take 90 days or more, and use electret detectors or alpha track detectors to monitor the average radon levels in your home.

Once testing is completed, we can use radon mitigation techniques such as suction points in the slab, PVC ventilation systems, and fans to reduce the buildup of radon in your home. If you live in Iowa and are in search of a solution for the radon in your home, contact us as soon as possible.