The Dangers of Radon for Iowa and Nebraska Homes
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.
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 Entering Your Home
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 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.
How Radon Mitigation can Help Your Iowa or Nebraska Family
The most common type of radon mitigation method is the Sub-Slab Depressurization (SSD) system. It is designed to lower air pressure underneath the foundation by using a fan-powered vent to pull air out from the concrete slab. This process creates pressure on the home’s interior. All floor and wall cracks are sealed. A cover is used to seal sump pits. This helps remove radon outside of the home. Lastly, our team of professionals drill a hole into the basement floor and inserts a PVC pipe. The pipe is sealed to the floor and routed to wherever the fan will be connected to. The installation process is completed in less than a day to protect your family.
Contact us today for radon service. We offer radon mitigation to help protect your family in Iowa and Nebraska. Some cities in Nebraska include Lincoln, Omaha, Seward, Aurora, and many more. Cities in Iowa include Carroll, Council Bluffs, Red Oak, Sioux City, and the surrounding areas. We also serve Maryville, Missouri. Every home should be tested for radon. Let our team of professionals test your home today. Call for a free estimate!