Radon is a colorless, odorless, radioactive gas that forms from the decay of uranium that is found in the soil. Iowa’s soil is made up of uranium, making Iowa the leading state for highest average levels of radon in the nation. Iowa falls into the EPA radon red zone which means every county in Iowa has an average indoor rating of radon higher then 4.0 picoCuries per liter or pCi/L. These levels include the city of Pella, Iowa.
Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer, second to cigarette smoking. Once radon is produced, it moves up from the ground into the air and enters homes and businesses in several ways:
- Cracks in floors
- Cracks in foundations
- Construction joints
- Loose fitting pipes
- Exposed dirt floors
- Slab joints
- Porous block walls
Once it does get into your home or business, it becomes trapped causing the levels to increase. These levels can be tested by the experts at AmeriServ Radon Mitigation of Iowa. There are no warning signs that you have a buildup of radon since it is “invisible” and cannot be detected any other way than by having a licensed professional with the right equipment come and test for it. AmeriServ Radon Mitigation of Iowa does both short-term testing and long-term testing, depending on the situation. The short-term is done when the results need to be determined quickly as in the sale of a home. Methods of short-term testing are:
- Charcoal canisters
- Electret chamber
- Continuous monitors
- Liquid scintillation
These short-term methods take two to four days. Long-term testing takes approximately 90 days or more, but this long-term method give a more accurate idea of the year round average of radon levels since these levels can change on a day-to-day basis and season to season. Whether you choose short-term or long-term, if it is found that the level is 4 pCi/L or higher, immediate action needs to be taken to reduce the radon level. Any level of radon can be dangerous, so it is a good idea to get your radon level in Pella, Iowa checked as soon as possible by the experts at AmeriServe Radon Mitigation of Iowa.
Radon Mitigation Specialist in Pella, Iowa
If levels are found to be 4 pCi/L or higher, the AmeriServ specialist will install a radon mitigation system to take the radon out of your home or business and filter it out into the atmosphere. These systems uses a vent pipe and fan which pulls radon from beneath the home and vents it to the outside. Our systems have a 5-year warranty and retesting will be done to make sure that the radon levels are reduced. Don’t wait to get your Pella, Iowa home or business tested for radon. The sooner you have one of our professionals test the levels and give your the solutions you need, the better. Keep you and your family safe by scheduling an appointment today.
The technicians at AmeriServ have been professionally trained by the State of Iowa and certified by the Iowa Department of Public Health, so you have the assurance that you are getting the best trained experts in this field. Don’t hesitate to contact us to have one of our licensed and certified specialists come and test the radon levels in your home or business.