Radon Testing in Iowa
Why is it so important?
Iowa has been proven to have extremely high levels of radon in many of its schools, businesses, churches, and homes. These levels of radon are most likely caused by the glaciers that used to cover Iowa. These glaciers have left behind rock that produces radon and uranium. Radon is a radioactive gas that forms when these rocks break down. Radon is a colorless, odorless gas that can leak into your home through cracks in the foundation, spaces between pipes, or any other small space. Radon can even soak into your water supply. The effects of radon, unlike carbon monoxide, are completely unnoticeable for years after the exposure. So why is it dangerous?
Radon has been proven to be the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, causing roughly 20,000 deaths a year. These deaths may occur years or even decades after the exposure to radon, because radon can live in your body as radioactive particles for a lifetime. The length of exposure is a big factor in how harmful radon can be, meaning that spending four years at a school with high levels of radon, or living in a home for ten years with high radon levels, can heighten your risk of developing cancer. While many cases can happen later in life, even after being away from the high levels for years, it is possible to detect high levels early if you notice certain symptoms such as:
- Persistent cough
- Heavy breathing
- Lung infections
Iowa is registered in the EPA’s red zone for its high levels of radon, and the state is known for having the highest levels of radon in the country. Radon levels are meant to be below a 4.0, and this is the average exposure level for many homes and businesses in Iowa. Radon is such a big problem in Iowa that lawmakers in the House of Representatives are beginning to implement legislation that will recommend, and eventually require, radon testing in all public schools. This is to protect the students – many of whom spend more of their time at school than at home – from radon poisoning.
Radon Specialists in Iowa
The quickest way to detect radon is through what is called short term testing. There are a few methods of doing this. Charcoal canisters, electret ion chamber, continuous monitors, and liquid scintillation detectors are the most commonly used methods for the short term testing for radon. For your radon testing Iowa needs Ameriserv can provide short term testing for your long term piece of mind. We are so sure of this we offer a 200% guarantee from AmeriServ Radon Mitigation services.
Long term testing will last for 90 days or more. We can use electret ion detectors or alpha track detectors. The benefit of a long term test is that it will give you a better idea of the year round average of the radon levels in your home. This can prevent a false negative or positive because of a peak or valley in the radon levels in your home that may show up on short term tests. It is a more complete method of testing. Once you know the truth about the radon in your home you can depend on the masters of radon mitigation, AmeriServ Radon Mitigation. With more than 50 years in the construction business, we can put our experience to work for you. We also offer a referral program. Depend on the team at AmeriServ and put your mind at ease. We are fully licensed and insured.
After testing, if the levels of radon in your home are above the EPA’s suggestion of 4.0, AmeriServ will counsel you on ways to reduce the radon levels in your home. The most common way of decreasing the radon levels in your home is deferring radon from the interior of your home to the exterior. Luckily, this can be done quickly and easily, and the solution begins working almost immediately. To mitigate radon, a hole is drilled in your concrete slab, and a tube is placed into the hole. Once the PVC pipe is placed into the hole, it acts as a suction point for the radon in your home. A fan is inserted into the system to ensure correct air flow through the pipe.
Radon systems can be installed in as little as a day. They don’t require a lot of electricity, not much more than a light bulb would use. The air in your home can improve overall with the installation of a radon system. After the mitigation system has been in place for a period of time, AmeriServ will come back to your home and retest the radon levels to ensure the quality of the mitigation system. Because of AmeriServ’s guarantee of effective mitigation, we promise that you will begin to see decreased levels of radon in your home. You will be able to sleep soundly at night knowing that your family is safe from the harmful effects of radon. For all your radon tester Iowa needs, make sure to call us at AmeriServ. Keep your family safe, call us today.