New Homes in Iowa Require Radon Mitigation Systems

Radon Mitigation in Iowa

radon is a silent killer

Radon levels are high in some parts of the United States, especially in Iowa and Nebraska. High levels of radon could be dangerous and pose health concerns for homeowners. Since radon is odorless and colorless, it goes undetected for many years until homeowners develop lung cancer. The best way to combat this is radon mitigation.

What is radon? 

Radon is a radioactive gas emitted by decaying uranium and radium in the soil. Since air pressure is lower than the soil pressure around your foundation, your home sucks in radon through cracks and gaps. It traps radon inside. Not only is it present in the air you breathe, but it can also be in well water. It enters the home when water is used for showering and washing.

Radon can also enter homes through the following:

  • Cracks in concrete blocks
  • Exposed soil such as crawl spaces
  • Floor-wall joints
  • Cracks in concrete slabs floor-wall joints
  • Cracks in brickwork or masonry
  • Mortar joints
  • Gaps around utility pipes and wiring
  • Wall and floor cracks
  • Openings around sump pumps
  • Attic openings

Radon doesn’t discriminate. Any home can be affected by radon gas. It can be present in old or new homes, well-insulated or drafty homes, and homes with or without basements. It is typically higher in well-insulated homes that are built on uranium-rich soil. Since homes are built close to the soil, basements also have the highest levels.

Know the risk of radon exposure for your family in Iowa and Nebraska. The only way to know if you have radon is to have your home tested by a professional. At Jerry’s Waterproofing, we can test your home for radon levels with a radon mitigation system.


Jerry’s Waterproofing is a qualified radon mitigation contractor with state licenses in Iowa and Nebraska. It is important to use a qualified radon mitigator to install the proper radon mitigation system. Our employees have taken the proper training courses and examinations to become experts and licensed radon mitigators.

The method used for radon mitigation is a sub-slab depressurization (SSD) system. This can be installed in less than a day, so your new construction can continue on schedule. Our mitigation specialists will install a negative vent (PVC) system that begins below the foundation of the home and extends up and ends at a point above ground level.

An SSD system includes the following method:

  • A 5-inch hole is drilled into the concrete
  • A pipe is inserted into the hole and sealed up
  • The pipe is then fun outside to a fan to such out the radon
  • Then it is piped above the roofline

Don’t let radon be a concern for you and your family. Let Jerry’s Waterproofing provide you with a radon mitigation system in your new home as required by law now in Iowa or provide you with radon mitigation in your existing home. We can test your existing home for radon and offer you radon mitigation is the levels are high.

Remember, Iowa has the highest average radon concentrations in the United States. It is important to have your existing home tested along with installing radon mitigation into your new home construction.

Jerry’s Waterproofing has been serving Iowa and Nebraska since 1976. We have the experience and use only the best products for radon mitigation, foundation repair, and basement waterproofing. We have established an outstanding reputation and we intend to keep it that way. Let Jerry’s Waterproofing give you peace of mind by installing a radon mitigation system in your home. Contact us today.