The Dangers of Radon

Radon Testing in Nebraska Homes

Radon Testing Nebraska, Radon Testing Omaha

All homes contain a small amount of radon, usually about 1.3 pCi/L (picoCuries per Liter), and the outside air contains about .4 pCi/L. Radon is a colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas that is radioactive, making it extremely dangerous. Radon is a naturally occurring gas that is caused by a breakdown of uranium in soil, rocks, and water.

Air pressure inside your home is usually lower than the pressure in the soil around your home’s foundation, Because of this difference in pressure, your home acts as a vacuum, drawing radon in through foundation cracks and other openings. Radon creeps into homes and buildings through cracks, drains, and other voids in basement floors and walls. This is why all homes have at least a little radon within its walls.

Unlike other indoor pollutants, when radon is breathed in, it does not cause headaches, nausea, or other symptoms. This is just another reason why radon is so dangerous. The EPA and the Surgeon General recommend testing all homes below the third floor for radon. Only individual testing of houses can determine which houses may have a serious radon problem. Jerry’s Waterproofing provides a variety of radon services, such as radon testing and radon mitigation, to help you keep your radon levels in check.

Radon Testing Omaha Homes and Radon Mitigation

radon mitigationThe national average indoor radon level is estimated to be about 1.3 pCi/L. You want to consider getting help in your home if your levels are between 2 and 4 pCi/L. Getting a radon test can tell you how much radon you have in your home, and you and your radon tester can help you decide what to do in an extreme case, such as having levels like 2, 3, or 4 pCi/L. Radon mitigation is the process used to get rid of extreme levels of radon.

Jerry’s Waterproofing is licensed with the State of Nebraska to perform these radon tests to see if you and your family are at risk from radon. Radon is the #1 leading cause of lung cancer deaths among nonsmokers, and the #2 leading cause among smokers in the US, according to the Surgeon General. In other words, the only thing that causes more risk of lung cancer is smoking.

Keeping track of your radon levels is important because radon is extremely detrimental to your health. You want to make sure you do regular testing. Jerry’s Waterproofing can help keep your home a safe and healthy environment for you and your family. Regular radon testing can help to warn you against high levels of radon. Give us a call today, we’ll help you protect your home.

For more information on radon visit the following websites www.epa.gov/iaq/radon or www.epa.gov/radon/pubs/consguid.html