Des Moines IA Radon Mitigation and Testing
Did you know that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, leading to roughly 22,000 deaths a year? Only smoking is known to cause more cases. Were you also aware that the EPA has identified the entire state of Iowa as having higher than normal concentrations of radon gas? Did you know that radon is present in nearly every home in the country, but that here in Des Moines some homes have shown levels more than twice the safe level?
When we first discovered that our home had a potentially life threatening level of radon present, we were shocked and frankly, a little scared. I researched everything I could about how to protect our home from this silent killer. I consulted with industry leaders and then interviewed all of the leading radon testing and removal companies in the area.
We’ve put together this guide to share all the information I uncovered in my research. We’ve also partnered with our preferred radon contractor who would be happy to provide you with a free consultation. So, use this site to learn all you can and when you are ready to schedule an appointment with a professional call the number at the top of the page.
What is Radon?
Radon is an odorless, colorless and tasteless gas. It is a gas that is chemically inert and also radioactive. It is present in all 50 states and Canada and is formed by the natural decay of the earth’s uranium core. Radon is generated in rock and soil and is found at low concentrations in almost all samples. Concentrations of radon are usually low outdoors, generally only about 0.4 pico-curies per liter of air. However, it can slowly seep into buildings via cracks or tiny openings in the foundation. Once it finds its way inside, it becomes trapped within the walls and concentration levels rise.
How Do You Detect Radon?
Performing a test is the only true way to know whether your home or office is at risk. Radon testing is affordable and easy to do.
If your home is being tested as part of a real estate transaction, there are important factors to consider and you’ll need to have the testing professionally performed.
If you simply want to test your home because you are concerned about the health of your family, you have a couple of options. If you want to go the DIY route, you can purchase a home radon testing kit. You can find them online or in major hardware retailers. Be sure that any kit you choose is both EPA and state approved. That said, you still may want to consider leaving the testing in the hands of a professional. Professional testers use a method known as active sampling that is more accurate than the home testing kits. Additionally, they will be able to inspect your home for risks as part of the testing. To learn more about testing options, Click Here.
Removing Radon Gas From a Home
There area a variety of different methods that can be used to reduce indoor radon concentrations. Make sure you choose a contractor that provides custom solutions for each homeowner. Radon mitigation systems are definitely not one-size-fits-all!
Most solutions can be implemented without having to make any major or expensive renovations to your home.
Although there are a number of different ways of reducing radon, all of the processes more or less operate under the same basic principle, which is to reduce radon entry into a building. The basic idea is that gas is extracted from the earth beneath under a structure through multiple sealed entry points. A fan system is installed to provide the suction for remove radon gas from the soil and then safely reroute it and vent it outside the home. Visit our page on Radon Removal to for an in depth look at the different methods available.
Common Features of Quality Radon Removal Systems
- Reduces radon levels well below EPA standards
- Professionally installed with minimal impact to the structure
- All cracks and openings in foundation sealed.
- The right power fan for the job
- Some projects require more fan strength. Only a trained professional can make that determination.
- At least 2 suction points
- Properly sealed sump pump
- Fan guard installed to prevent condensation and prolong fan life if fan is installed outside the home.
What to Look For in A Radon Mitigation Specialist
- Make sure they are bonded, licensed and insured in Iowa
- Have them explain the plan to you fully. Ask them why they chose the solution they are proposing and have them go over alternate choices.
- Note that often the difference between the highest quote and the lowest may only be $100-$200, but the level of quality can vary substantially. Short term savings can lead to long term expenses.
- Ask for references. If you need a trusted choice, you can contact our recommended contractor at the number at the top of the page.
Take the time to fully review the site and go over all the resources we’ve provided. If there is something related to Radon in the Des Moines or Iowa, you’ll find it here. Don’t let your family’s health be put at risk any longer. Call to schedule your consultation with a professional today.