Why Do You Need Radon Testing?
Springer Professional Home Services radon inspectors have extensive training in radon testing. Radon is a radioactive gas that forms from uranium decomposing in the soil and can seep into homes. The Environmental Protection Agency recommends that radon testing be performed before you purchase a home. If you haven’t had your prospective home tested for radon, you should consider having Springer test for it. Radon testing can easily be done during a home inspection.
What is Radon and Why Should You Do Radon Testing?
Radon is an odorless and invisible gas that is also radioactive and can be harmful to humans when inhaled. Radon gas occurs in the soil and is produced by the radioactive breakdown or decay of uranium and radium. Glacial activity left behind ground-up deposits of many minerals such asuranium in the soil or upper crust in Iowa. Because radon is a gas, it can seep into buildings — including your home. It’s important that you have a radon test so you know what the levels are in your home.
Health Effects of Radon
There is overwhelming scientific evidence that exposure to elevated levels of radon causes lung cancer. Radiation emitted from radon can cause cellular damage that can lead to cancer when it strikes living tissue in the lungs. Radon is the first leading cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers and the second leading cause of lung cancer overall. It is responsible for about 21,000 deaths every year in the US. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) also estimates that long-term exposure to radon potentially causes approximately 400 deaths each year in Iowa.
Is Radon Found in Iowa?
When it comes to testing for radon, the EPA breaks counties into “zones.” Zone 1 counties have a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (picocuries per liter). The total average indoor radon level in Iowa is 8.5 picocuries per liter (pCi/L) of air and in the United States it is 1.3 pCi/L of air. Average radon levels of 4 pCi/L are considered elevated, and radon remediation is recommended.
The EPA has identified all counties in Iowa as Zone 1.
The primary source of high levels of radon in homes comes from the soil below and surrounding a home. Radon is found in all homes — with or without basements. Based on data collected from radon home tests, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) estimates that greater than 50-70% across Iowa have elevated radon levels. Radon levels vary from area to area and even from house to house in the same street and neighborhood. High and low levels of radon can even occur in homes directly next to each other.
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If you suspect you have a radon problem — or just want to make sure, contact us today so we can schedule your radon testing.