According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), all of Iowa is considered at high risk for radon gas in homes. High levels of radon can be found in any type of home, so it is important for everyone to test their home. Radon is an odorless, tasteless, invisible gas that causes lung cancer. The lower the radon level in your home, the lower your family's risk of developing cancer. The safest level of radon gas is no radon gas.
If you have high radon levels in your home, Neighbors Heating, Cooling and Plumbing can install a radon mitigation system to effectively reduce radon to the lowest possible level. As a certified radon mitigation contractor in Des Moines, we can also inspect an existing system to make sure it is working properly. Contact us today for all your radon mitigation needs!
Radon is measured in picocuries per liter (pCi/L) and the smaller the number the safer you are. However, even what is considered "small amounts" of radon may not be all that safe. Regardless, most homes can be mitigated and the levels can be lessened to some degree.
As a standard, the EPA has defined 4.0 pCi/L as the "action level" for any indoor environment. This means that a test reading 4.0 pCi/L and above needs to be mitigated and the radon levels need to be immediately reduced.
The EPA estimates .4 pCi/L as the national average for the outdoor air, while 1.5 pCi/L is the national average for the indoor air. Although these averages are seemingly quite low, even this 1.5 pCi/L could be problematic. When this amount is trapped within a home, its far more concentrated than if it were outside.
The World Health Organization (WHO) claims that radon can be dangerous in any concentration, which is why radon reduction systems are so important. These systems constantly work to lower the radon levels in your home.
"Most radon-induced lung cancers occur from low-and-medium-dose exposures in people's homes. Radon is the second most significant cause of lung cancer after smoking in many countries," said Dr. Maria Neira of the WHO.
Experts at the EPA agree: "We know that radon is a carcinogen. This research confirms that breathing low levels of radon can lead to lung cancer," said Tom Kelly, the director of the EPA's Indoor Environments Division.
Maybe 10 pCi/L doesn't sound all that bad, so 4.0 pCi/L can't be a problem at all. In order to understand the number, you have to understand the measuring system. Let's compare some figures.
If you're looking for a solution to reduce the radon levels in your home, contact the experts at Neighbors Heating, Cooling and Plumbing today. We're the expert for radon information and mitigation services. We'll explain the radon mitigation process and provide you with a free estimate to install a radon mitigation system in your home. We offer solutions for lowering radon levels in Des Moines, Ames, Urbandale and throughout Iowa.