Radon Overview

What is Radon?

Radon is a radioactive gas that is colorless and odorless. It forms naturally from the decay
radon of radioactive elements, such as uranium which is found in soil and rock. Radon gas in the soil and rock can get into the air, ground water and surface water. Radon can be found all over the United States. Iowa has the highest average radon concentrations in the United States. The state falls into the EPA red zone, meaning every county in Iowa has an average indoor radon screening level greater than the suggested 4.0 picoCuries per liter (pCi/L which is the unit of measurement used to measure the amount of radon in the air.)

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. Since families spend most of their time at home, this is where most exposure to radon comes from. Testing is the only way to know if you are at risk from radon exposure. AmeriServ Radon Mitigation of Iowa can test your home for radon levels.

AmeriServ Radon Mitigation offers short term testing and long term testing. Short term testing is done when the results need to be done quickly, as in a real estate transaction. Long term testing will last for 90 days or more. This method will give you a better idea of the year round average of the radon levels in your home. If your home is found to have high levels of radon, the experts at AmeriServ Radon Mitigation can put in a radon mitigation system that can reduce the levels in your home by up to 99%.

How Does the EPA Recommend You Handle Radon?

The EPA recommends that you test your home, and fix your home if it found to have a level of 4 pCi/L or higher. After AmeriServ Radon Mitigation tests your home, and determines that radon is present, we will look at what system will be the best fit for your home. Our mitigation system will direct the radon from inside your home to the outside.

One of the ways of radon mitigation is drilling a hole in your foundation or slab, which mitigationiowacreates a suction point. Then we use a PVC pipe connected through this hole to use as a vent for the radon gas. A fan is connected to this system to ensure the air flows in the right direction. This is usually installed in the attic of your home. We will test and retest this system to make sure it is working to eliminate the radon gas from your home.

Radon is estimated to cause thousands of lung cancer deaths each year in the United States. Testing for this deadly gas is inexpensive and the solutions are simple. AmeriServ Radon Mitigation of Iowa guarantees 200% on all work performed and a 5-year warranty on radon mitigation system. With over 50 years of experience and our fully insured specialists you will be assured that your home is in good hands. We will make sure the radon level in your home will be reduced and keep your home at a safe level.

Contact the professionals today at AmeriServ Radon Mitigation of Iowa today for testing your home for radon levels and offering the best solution for the reduction of radon levels.