What is Radon?
Radon is a radioactive gas which is present in nearly every home in Iowa. You cannot see, smell, or taste it, yet at high enough levels it can create serious health issues for you and your family and pets. It relatively easy to perform either short term or long term tests for radon, and radon testing is a highly cost-effective way to avoid the hardship and expenses of a lung-related illness caused by radon exposure.
The most common source of radon is from the soil and groundwater around your home’s foundation. Radon gas usually enters the home’s basement area through dirt floors, cracks in basement floors and walls, and gaps around pipes, drains, and sump pump wells. In rare cases, radon will enter a home through the water supply via contaminated groundwater.
Where is Radon Found?
Radon is quite common in both Iowa and Nebraska. It doesn’t matter if your home is old or new or well-insulated or drafty. Even if your home or your neighbor’s home has passed tests earlier, you still risk having a high level of radon. Radon can be found in every state of the US and country around the world.
Should I Have My Home Tested for Radon?
Absolutely, yes! Both the EPA and Surgeon General recommend testing every home for radon. Radon testing is quite easy and is the only means to know for certain whether you and your family are at an increased risk for lung cancer and lung-related illness. When radon gas decays, it forms into a radioactive particle that becomes trapped in your lungs and releases radioactive energy which may damage the lung tissue. Radon tests are inexpensive and easy to obtain. Contact the EPA for more information on obtaining short-term or long-term radon tests.
What are the Health Risks of Radon?
The EPA reports that there is direct evidence linking radon in homes to lung cancer. It is responsible for about 21,000 lung cancer deaths every year. About 2,900 of these deaths occur among people who have never smoked, making it the second leading cause of cancer behind smoking and the leading cause of cancer among non-smokers.
How do I do Short-term Testing?
While doing short-term radon testing, your home must be completely closed for 12 hours before testing and for 48 hours during testing. You may still come and go from your home, but all outside doors and windows must be kept closed. During this time, it will be necessary to run your heating and cooling systems to remain comfortable in your home.
How do I do Long-term Testing?
While doing long term testing for radon, you are not required to keep your home completely closed all the time. Long-term testing usually runs for about 91 days to obtain the best overall radon exposure level during that time. According to some experts, the best time for either long-term or short-term radon testing is during cooler months when your home is more likely to be closed, thereby getting a more accurate reading of radon levels.
Contact Jerry’s Waterproofing for Radon Mitigation
Jerry’s Waterproofing can give you additional information on obtaining radon test kits for either short term or long term testing. If your home has high levels of radon, we can perform cost-effective radon mitigation to keep you and your family and pets safe from the dangerous health effects of high levels of radon. Contact us today!