More than any other state, Iowa has the highest levels of the radioactive gas, radon, in homes. Unfortunately, this is more than twice the acceptable level. Turn to Steve at Hawkeye Home Inspections for superior radon mitigation services.
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Information and Facts About Radon Gas
Radon is a radioactive gas emitted by earth from the breakdown of uranium in the soil.
Iowa has the highest average level of radon gas in our homes than any other state in the nation.
High levels of radon gas in your home can lead to lung cancer. In fact, it is the #2 cause of lung cancer.
The average radon level in Iowa homes is more than twice the acceptable risk level set by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency).
Find Out About Radon and Its Effects on Our Health
Radon is continuously produced by the decay of the uranium and radium found almost everywhere in the crust of the earth. It is an inert gas that can move, undetected by our five senses, from the soil and into our homes.
Radon continues to decay in the air around us, and these particles can stick to the lining in our lungs. It is the largest single source of radiation most of us are exposed to.
Radon gas is believed to be the second largest cause of lung cancer in America. Reducing your exposure to radon can reduce your potential to develop lung cancer.
For radon to be a problem in your home, there must a radon source, a path for the gas to move from the source into the air you breathe, and a driving force. Radon sources and pathways in the soil vary with geology and construction methods throughout the country. All homes can attract radon into them by simply being warmer than outdoors.
The same forces that promote natural ventilation in your home also encourage radon entry. A drafty house can have a lot of radon gas. Poor ventilation can also contribute to elevated readings. Some homes in this area have radon levels over 10 times the national average and over 100 times the outdoor average.
All homes have some radon. Some homes have much more than others. Indoor radon levels tend to be higher during the heating season and closed house weather conditions. All homes can be improved to provide low average radon exposures throughout the year.
Test your home to learn how strong your radon exposure is and take steps to reduce it. Testing your home can be easy. Test kits are readily available to provide short-term (2 to 90 days) and long-term averages (91 days or longer). Both methods are good ways to gain an idea of your potential radon exposure.
Only use monitoring devices that are listed by the EPA. The cost for
a single test kit, including postage and lab fees, ranges from $10 to $30. A testing company will charge more depending on your needs. Some uses calibrated continuous monitors that give you hourly readings during the test period and print the results on the site.
For radon testing and mitigation, call us today at 515-778-9663.
We're licensed in the state of Iowa to conduct radon testing and mitigation.