The radon levels in Iowa, including Chariton, Iowa, are in the EPA Radon Red Zone meaning that every county in Iowa has an average indoor radon screening level higher than 4 picoCuries per liter (pCi/L). The average radon level in the US is about 1.3 pCi/L. That is why it is important to have your Chariton, Iowa home or business tested (and potentially mitigated) for radon. AmeriServ Radon Mitigation of Iowa can test your Chariton, Iowa home or business and recommend the solution for reducing the overall levels of radon inside.
How Do You Get Radon in the Home?
Radon is a colorless, odorless radioactive gas that forms from the decay of uranium that is found in the soil. The soil in Iowa is made up of uranium, so that is why Iowa has the highest average level of radon in the nation. As the uranium decays, it forms a gas that escapes up through the soil and enters the home. It can enter the home is several ways:
- Cracks in floors
- Cracks in foundations
- Construction joints
- Loose fitting pipes
- Exposed dirt floors
- Slab joints
- Porous block walls
Once radon enters your home or business, it becomes trapped and this causes the levels to continue to rise. Getting your radon levels tested in your Chariton, Iowa home or business is important.
How Do You Test For Radon?
Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer, second only to cigarette smoking. AmeriServ has a short-term testing and long-term testing system depending on your needs. Short-term testing is done using several different methods:
- Charcoal canisters
- Electret ion chamber
- Continuous monitors
- Liquid scintillation detectors
These short term methods are used when the results are needed quickly such as in a real estate transaction. Long term testing lasts for 90 days or more using electret detectors or alpha track detectors. This method gives you a more accurate idea of the year round average of radon levels in your home or business since radon levels can vary from day-to-day and season-to-season. Once you know the levels of radon in your Chariton, Iowa home or business, the professionals at AmeriServ Radon Mitigation of Iowa can help you get the levels to a safer level.
Radon Mitigation in Chariton, Iowa
Radon mitigation is the process of removing the radon from inside and filtering it outside. This process uses a suction pipe designed to draw radon gas from the ground beneath your home, and a fan to vent the radon gas to the outdoor air.
The professional technicians at AmeriServ Radon Mitigation of Iowa are trained by the State of Iowa and certified by the Iowa Department of Public Health. When you have one of our experts test your radon levels and recommend the solution, you know you are getting the very best trained in the industry. We have a 5-year warranty on our radon mitigation systems and a 200% guarantee on all work that is performed. We are the leading radon testing and radon mitigation provider in Iowa. Don’t hesitate to contact us and schedule your radon testing for your Chariton, Iowa home or business today.