Radon Can be in your Iowa Home Without you Knowing
Radon comes from the natural decay of uranium found in nearly all soils. It moves up through the ground to the air above and into your home through cracks and other holes in the foundation. Once the radon enters your home, it becomes trapped inside and builds up.
Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer, second only to smoking. In the United States, radon gas in soils is the principal source of elevated radon levels in home and businesses. There are several major entry points for radon to enter the home. Some of these are:
- Cracks in concrete slabs
- Cracks in concrete blocks
- Floor-wall joints
- Soil exposed in a crawlspace
- Drain tile if drained to open sump
- Mortar joints
- Loose pipes
- The water supply
All of Iowa’s counties are in the EPA red zone map which signifies where radon is the highest. These are areas where the average indoor levels of radon is at least 4.0 picocuries per liter (pCi/L). Over 70 percent of Iowa homes have elevated radon levels.
Radon is a colorless, odorless radioactive gas that silently seeps into homes and buildings. Because the air pressure inside your home is lower than the pressure in the soil around your home’s foundation, your home acts like a vacuum, drawing in the radon. AmeriServ Radon Mitigation of Iowa are the professionals to call and get your home tested for radon and if the levels are found to be high, we will recommend the right system for your home’s needs.
How Can Iowa Homeowners Protect Themselves?
Homeowners in Iowa can protect themselves from this deadly gas by having the professionals at AmeriServ Radon Mitigation of Iowa test to see if your home has a high level of radon, and if so, recommend a mitigation system that will reduce the level. Testing is easy and inexpensive.
Radon is measured in picocuries per liter of air, or pCi/L. The quickest way to test is with a short-term test. This short-term test remains in your home for 2-3 days. Because radon levels vary from day to day and season to season, a short-term test won’t accurately tell you your year-round average. If the result of your short-term test if 4 pCi/L or higher, be sure to follow up with a long-term test or a second short-term test. The higher your initial short-term test results, the more certain you can be that you should follow up on it.
Long-term testing remains in your home for more than 90 days. This will give a more accurate reading of your home’s year-round average of radon level. Once the testing levels are known to be high, AmeriServ Radon Mitigation of Iowa will recommend the best solution for radon mitigation for your home.
Radon mitigation is the process of removing the radon from your home to the outside. AmeriServ Mitigation System of Iowa can redirect the radon gas out of your home. One way for example, is we can drill a hole in your foundation or slab, which creates a suction point. A PVC pipe is then connected through this hole to use as a vent for the radon gas to exit through. A fan is then connected to this system to ensure the air flows in the right direction.
The EPA and Surgeon General recommends testing of all homes below the third floor for radon. Testing if the only way to know if you are at risk for radon. Testing in inexpensive and easy. Let the professionals at AmeriServ Radon Mitigation of Iowa come and test your home and if the levels are found to be high, recommend a mitigation system for you. Our services include a 200% guarantee on all work performed and a 5-year warranty on the radon mitigation systems.
The professionals at AmeriServ Radon Mitigation of Iowa have a combined 50 years of experience and our fully insured and background checked who are committed to making sure each system is designed for the customer’s needs. Don’t let this colorless, odorless gas be a worry for you or your family. Let us get your home tested and give you peace of mind. If we find the radon levels to be high in your home, we have the solution. We will also test and re-test to make sure the radon levels go down. Don’t hesitate, contact the professionals today at AmeriServ Radon Mitigation of Iowa for your radon mitigation needs.