Radon Is a Major Problem in Iowa

Radon in Iowa

Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that is odorless, colorless, and tasteless. Iowa is in Zone 1 for radon in the USRadon comes from the breakdown of uranium that is found in most rock and soil. The gas enters the home by seeping up from the ground through wall cracks, floor cracks, any spaces or gaps, and drains. It also enters into the home by penetrating sheetrock, concrete blocks, wood paneling, insulation, and sheathing paper. Radon mitigation can help you prevent this dangerous gas from invading your home.

Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, second only to cigarette smoking. The entire state of Iowa is in Zone 1 which indicates that Iowans have a high potential for elevated radon levels in their homes. The national average indoor radon level is 1.3 pCi/L. Homes in Iowa have an average radon concentration of 8.5 pCi/L. Iowa leads the nation in the percent of homes over the 4 pCi/L action level. That is why it is very important to have your home tested for radon in your Iowa home.

Not only is exposure to radon a cause of lung cancer, but there are other harmful respiratory effects associated with exposure t radon including:

  • Emphysema
  • Silicosis
  • Pulmonary fibrosis
  • Chronic pneumonia
  • Respiratory lesions

Let Jerry’s Waterproofing come and test your home for radon. We are licensed in Iowa and Nebraska for radon mitigation. Our professionals have been properly trained in the courses and have taken the necessary examinations to become licensed in radon mitigation.

Radon Mitigation in Iowa

We will test your home and if we find that you have a high level of radon, we will offer you the radon mitigation system that best fits your needs. The most commonly used method is a sub-slab depressurization (SSD) system. This system is completed in less than a day. Our experts will install a negative vent (PVC) system that begins below the foundation of your home and extends up and ends above ground level.

Jerry’s Waterproofing can also install radon mitigation systems for new construction. We design an aesthetically pleasing radon mitigation system so that it does not distract from your home.

Don’t let high radon levels in your Iowa home cause you and your family to have health issues. Let the professionals at Jerry’s Waterproofing test your home and find out if you have a high level of radon. If so, put in a radon mitigation system to keep your home free from a high level of radon. Every home in Iowa should be tested for radon since it has some of the highest levels in the entire United States. Contact the professionals at Jerry’s Waterproofing for your radon testing today!

For more information on radon in your Iowa or Nebraska home, visit the following websites www.epa.gov/iaq/radon or www.epa.gov/radon/pubs/consguid.html.