What Is Radon

What Is Radon Gas Near West Des Moines, Urbandale, Des Moines?

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Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers.

Watch Eddie's Story and learn how to protect yourself from radon.

As a company of radon mitigation experts, Neighbors Heating, Cooling and Plumbing is committed to educating our customers about the connection between lung cancer and radon gas. It's important to note that radon levels can be reduced to safe levels. We want to help you make that happen!

As certified members of the National Radon Defense network of radon mitigation experts, Neighbors Heating, Cooling and Plumbing provides homeowners throughout Iowa with customized solutions for achieving safer levels of radon within residential buildings.

Contact us today for more information about our radon services.

What is Radon?

Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that has become the second-leading cause of lung cancer -- second only to cigarette smoke.

Most soils contain uranium that, over time, decays to produce radium and polonium. Eventually, polonium is released with the radon, which creates a high toxicity level in the air and water that it infuses. Perhaps some homeowners are thinking they could recognize high levels of radon in their home. Unfortunately, radon is completely undetectable with any human senses.

We cannot smell, taste, see, touch, or hear radon. Thus, it easily goes unnoticed. When this happens, everyone in the home becomes susceptible to contracting lung cancer. There are also very limited lung cancer symptoms. Even at that, they tend to lie dormant until becoming more severe.

Radon Exposure & Lung Cancer

Lung cancer is responsible for killing more Americans annually than the other top cancers combined. And because it's often considered a "self-induced" disease, it also tends to be the least funded.

However, the World Health Organization reports that radon causes 15% of the world's lung cancer cases, leading to the deaths of 20,000 Americans annually.

For those 20,000 people who do not have lung cancer due to tobacco smoke, this is far from self-induced!

Radon induced lung cancer kills one person every 25 minutes, joining arsenic, asbestos and benzene as a Class-A Carcinogen.

Did you know...

That radon gas was actually a vital aspect of the gaseous makeup of the nuclear bomb? The bombs utilized uranium and became known for the residual effects of radiation poisoning. Although the levels of radon that resulted from the nuclear bombs far exceed the amounts of radon found in a home, the principle remains the same -- exposure to radon gas is very harmful and can be deadly!

Cigarette Smoke and Radon

While the effects of smoking cigarettes are far more recognizable when compared to the effects of radon exposure, there is very little separating the severity of these two causes of lung cancer. How can smoking cigarettes be compared to radon exposure? Check this out!

1 pCi/L of radon is equal to 2.5 cigarettes a day! Multiply a home's radon levels by 2.5 and understand that any homeowner could easily experience the effects of smoking a "pack a day" if the radon levels are at 4.0 pCi/L-- the minimum action level established by the Environmental Protection Agency.

X-ray Radon

The amount of radiation in 4.0 pCi/L of radon is actually equivalent to the radiation in 100 chest X-rays. Sure that seems like a lot, but this gets worse. Most hospitals actually only allow patients to have four chest X-rays each year.

Let's do the math. That converts to the equivalent of .16 pCi/L per X-ray and .64 pCi/L of radiation a year with four X-rays. In other words, radon mitigation is crucial to the overall health of any homeowner in Iowa

What To Do If Your Home Has Unsafe Radon Levels

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If you don't know what your home's radon levels are, it's important to have the space tested right away. Radon gas is odorless, tasteless in water, and invisible. Levels can vary from one home to the next, so even if your neighbor has safe levels, your health may be in danger.

If testing shows that your home's radon levels are indeed higher than the recommended safe level (4 pCi/L), you should consider installing a radon mitigation system. Here at Neighbors Heating, Cooling and Plumbing, our experts offer free quotes for a customized system, so there's no risk in learning more. If your budget is limited but you'd like your home environment to be healthy as soon as possible, be sure to ask us about our financing options.

Contact us today to get a free quote to have a radon mitigation system installed in your home. We proudly serve the Iowa area, including Urbandale, Des Moines, West Des Moines and surrounding regions including Marshalltown, Ankeny, Booneville, Newton, Clive, Altoona, Haverhill.

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We serve the following areas

  • Ackley
  • Albion
  • Alden
  • Alleman
  • Altoona
  • Ankeny
  • Baxter
  • Berwick
  • Bondurant
  • Buckeye
  • Clemons
  • Colfax
  • Des Moines
  • Eldora
  • Elkhart
  • Ferguson
  • Garden City
  • Gifford
  • Gilman
  • Haverhill
  • Hubbard
  • Iowa Falls
  • Ira
  • Johnston
  • Kellogg
  • Killduff
  • Laurel
  • Le Grand
  • Liscomb
  • Lynnville
  • Marshalltown
  • Melbourne
  • Mingo
  • Mitchellville
  • Monroe
  • New Providence
  • Newton
  • Pleasant Hill
  • Prairie City
  • Radcliffe
  • Reasnor
  • Rhodes
  • Runnells
  • Saint Anthony
  • State Center
  • Steamboat Rock
  • Sully
  • Union
  • Whitten
  • Windsor Heights
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Neighbors Heating, Cooling and Plumbing
2700 Graham St
Ames, IA 50010