Radon Levels in Winter Can Cause a Potentially Dangerous Situation
With the winter weather fast approaching, the radon levels in your home may be on the rise. In homes located in colder climates, the radon level can greatly increase during the colder months. Because radon is colorless, odorless and tasteless, you won’t even know if you have radon or if your radon levels have increased.
Radon is a radioactive gas that is found in the soil and groundwater. It can enter your home by seeping up from the ground through wall cracks, floor cracks, spaces, or drains. Radon is linked to lung cancer.
Winter Months Can Be the Worst Times for Radon Exposure
During the winter months, we tend to spend more time in the house. Radon levels tend to be higher during the winter months due to several reasons such as:
- Stack effect can draw more radon into the home. During the winter the stack effect tends to be greater as the warm air within the home rises and escapes to the colder air outside. New air enters the home through doors and windows and from the soil beneath the home. The air from the soil is pulled in through concrete cracks, floor drains, plumbing pipes, sump pits, and crawl spaces. This new air that enters your home can contain radon gas.
- During the winter months, greater concentrations of radon can enter the home. This is because during the winter months in the colder climates the ground freezes and can become covered with snow. This traps the radon in the soil surrounding the home. This may be causing the home to be pulling in greater concentrations of radon.
- Because the home is closed up during the winter, radon gas is not being diluted by fresh air. This will cause higher concentrations of radon in your home during the winter.
All of Iowa is located in Zone 1 indicating that Iowa has the potential for elevated levels of radon gas. Iowa leads the nation in the percent of homes over the 4 pCi/L action level as well as the percent of homes over 20 pCi/L. That is why it is important to have an expert in radon mitigation come and test your home. Jerry’s Waterproofing is a qualified radon mitigation contractor with state licenses in Iowa and Nebraska. We have the proper training to get your home tested and perform radon mitigation.
Radon Mitigation in Iowa and Nebraska
Jerry’s Waterproofing can perform radon testing in your Iowa or Nebraska home. There is a short-term test and a long-term test.
- Short-term tests remain in your home for 2 to 90 days. Because radon levels tend to vary from day to day and season to season, this will not give you the most accurate year-round average of your radon level. Short-term testing is done in circumstances such as real estate transactions.
- Long-term tests remain in your home for more than 90 days. This will give you a more accurate year-round average of radon levels in your home.
After testing your home and if we find that you have a high level of radon, we will perform radon mitigation. This is done using the method of sub-slab depressurization (SSD) system. The installation of this system is completed in less than a day. Our team will install a negative vent (PVC) system that begins below the foundation of your home and extends up and ends at a point above ground level.
Keep your home and family safe from radon gas. Contact the professionals at Jerry’s Waterproofing for radon testing and mitigation for your Iowa or Nebraska home.