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Radon Levels & Testing in Iowa Counties

High Radon Levels in Many Iowa Counties

Are you in danger of having high radon levels in your home? Iowa is the state with the highest average radon level in the country. Why are radon levels in Iowa so high? Radon is a radioactive gas that is formed during the breakdown of radium in the ground. Radon levels are particularly high in Iowa due to glaciers that deposited finely-ground soil in the area. The large surface area of this soil allows it to emit a lot of radon gas.

The following map shows radon levels by county throughout the United States. Notice that Iowa contains several more counties with elevated radon levels (indicated by red) than most other states.high radon levels in iowa counties

You may be wondering why this is such a big deal. Exposure to radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer and kills around 400 Iowans every single year. In fact, radon is the second leading cause o lung cancer next to smoking – prolonged radon exposure causes up to 20,000 cases of lung cancer per year.

This means that radon can pose a serious threat to Iowa residents. The average concentration of radon indoors in Iowa is 8.5 pCi/L, which is over six times the national average. Because it is impossible to detect radon in your home, you should have your home professionally tested as soon as possible.

Reduce Radon Levels in Your Iowa Home

Ameriserv Radon Mitigation of Iowa can test your home for radon and provide mitigation services to reduce high radon levels. We offer both short-term and long-term radon testing to determine if you are in need of radon mitigation services to lower radon levels. We also offer DIY Radon testing kits. If you choose to perform a DIY test and the results show a high radon level, you should follow up with a professional test to get a more accurate idea of radon levels.

radon levels by county in iowaIf we find that the radon levels in your home are higher than the recommended 4.0 pCi/L in your home, we can install a radon mitigation system. These systems use fans and pipes to reroute radon from the basement (or ground level of the home) upwards, where it is then vented out of the home.

Radon often enters the home through the basement, or through cracks in the foundation. In addition to mitigation, it may be beneficial to ensure that foundation cracks in your home are repaired. This will further prevent radon from entering the home.

If you live in Iowa, you are in danger of high radon levels and should have your home tested as soon as possible. However, certain counties are even more at risk for high radon levels. Click here to find an interactive map that shows average radon levels in your county – and do not hesitate to contact Ameriserv for an appointment today. See the map on the right to find out if we serve your Iowa county.

Should You Cancel a Home Sale if Radon is Present?

Should High Radon Levels Cancel a Home Sale?

Cancelling Home Sales for High Radon Levels in IowaIf you are buying a home in Iowa, make sure that you are aware of the dangers that high radon levels pose. This colorless, tasteless, and odorless gas is the leading cause of lung cancer among people who do not smoke. Radon is a gas that naturally decays from uranium in the soil under your home. This silent killer can seep through cracks in your foundation and basement to enter your home. If the home that you are buying has high levels of radon, you should think carefully about what your next move is.

Whenever you are buying a home in a state that has particularly high radon levels, like Iowa, it is important to have the home tested. If the homeowner has not already had the home recently tested for radon levels, you may want to see if you can pay to have a short-term radon test administered. This kind of radon test usually involves placing a radon collecting device in the home for a period of time and then having it tested at a lab to determine radon levels. These tests are good because they only take around 2-7 days. If the short-term radon test shows extremely high levels of radon, you may want to consider having a long-term test completed for more accurate results.

Should You Buy a Home with High Radon Levels in Iowa?

New Home Radon Inspection in Iowa

If you find that the home you are about to purchase has elevated radon levels, there are a couple of different steps that you can take:

  1. It is important that you check the contract to see if high radon levels are a legitimate reason to cancel the sale. Be sure that your purchase offer has the proper inspection contingency that will let you cancel the sale of you are unsatisfied with inspection or test results.
  2. Have the home tested for radon levels if it has not already been done. This is especially important if you are buying a home in Iowa,  where radon levels are notoriously high.
  3. If your contract does allow you to cancel the sale, and the extremely high radon levels concern you, you may want to cancel the sale. Be aware though, that most elevated radon levels can be greatly reduced by installing a radon mitigation system.
  4. If you choose to go on with the sale despite high radon levels, it is important to invest in radon mitigation as soon as possible. This can be done by investing in a radon mitigation system from Ameriserv Radon Mitigation of Iowa.

Contact Ameriserv today for solutions to the high radon levels in your new Iowa home.