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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) - Des Moines Radon

  • What is radon?

    Radon is an odorless, colorless, tasteless gas that naturally occurs in our environment. It is in the air we breathe and the water we drink, bathe in and cook with. Radon has not been proven to cause issues beneath the 4pCi/L. Prolonged exposure to radon has been linked to serious health risks and conditions such as lung cancer.

  • What is the 'acceptable' level of radon?

    EPA’s guidance on this is: over 4 pCi/l – mitigate; between 2 and 4 pCi/l – consider mitigation.

  • What do you do when you find high radon levels in your home?

    Mitigation is the next step. We will work with you to design a mitigation plan that will be both as minimally invasive and as aesthetically pleasing as possible. Contact us today to begin the process of mitigation design and implementation.

  • I'm thinking about buying a home with a radon mitigation system in place. How do I know it is working properly?

    We can provide a test on the property. If the levels are above 2pCi/L and below 4pCi/L the system will need to be examined further. If the levels are above 4cPi/L then we will perform a full analysis of the system and make recommendations for mitigation.

  • What are the advantages or disadvantages to having a radon mitigation system?

    Advantages:
    Lower-in-home radon levels and in-business radon levels
    Lower humidity levels in the home
    Safer home and business environment

    Disadvantages:
    Slight increase in energy bill for the equipment required for mitigation
    Small loss of conditioned air

  • We are thinking of selling our house and buying another. Where can we get some guidance on what to do about a potential radon problem at either location?

    The best way to identify potential radon problems is to have a certified radon mitigation expert test the homes before any papers are signed. You can read the EPA’s Home Buyer’s and Seller’s Guide to Radon. (Click Here).

  • How do you test for radon? Can I do it myself?

    View our radon testing page to see how we perform tests. You can conduct the test yourself but it is recommended that you have a professional test your home as they can offer the proper mitigation solutions and quotes for mitigations for your specific home or building.

  • Are there other symptoms or health problems other than lung cancer that are associated with radon gas exposure?

    Short-term radon gas exposure does not cause immediate symptoms. You will not have any bodily symptoms such as shortness of breath, joint pain, stomach or intestinal problems, headaches or rashes from short-term radon exposure at natural environmental levels.

    Years of high exposure must take place before you will experience any symptoms which will be similar to or the same as symptoms associated with lung cancer.

  • How great are my chances of getting lung cancer from radon?

  • Where can I get copies of the EPA's publications about radon?

    EPA Radon Publications
    Air Chek, Inc. has compiled the following list of US EPA radon publications available on the web.
    The list is divided into publications designed for radon professionals and ones intended for homeowners.

    EPA Radon Publications for Radon Professionals:
    Home Buyer’s and Seller’s Guide to Radon
    Indoor Radon and Radon Decay Product Measurements Device Protocols
    Protocols for Radon and Radon Decay Product Measurements in Homes (PDF)
    Model Standards and Techniques for Control of Radon in New Residential Buildings
    Radon in Schools

    EPA Radon Publications for Homeowners:

    Home Buyer’s and Seller’s Guide to Radon
    A Citizen’s Guide to Radon
    Consumer’s Guide to Radon Reduction
    Source: http://www.epa.gov/radon/pubs/

    If you have any additional questions about radon, please contact us or give us a call at 515-612-8012.

  • How does radon get into my home?

    Radon gas escapes from the soil beneath your home and enters through openings such as foundation cracks, drains in the floor, lower level crawl spaces and household pipes.

  • I don’t live in an area with high radon, so am I safe?

    Not entirely. Each home has varies in radon level, regardless of its location. There is actually no proven safe level of radon, however, you may have your home tested to determine whether you need to take steps to ensure the lowest risk for yourself and your family.

  • I have a new home with no cracks or other openings, so why should I test for radon?

    Radon gas easily goes undetected, even in the newest of homes. Most homeowners do not know they have radon unless a test is performed, because there are no obvious signs of the odorless and tasteless gas possibly in the air or water within the home.

  • The builder says my new home is radon resistant, so I can’t have radon, right?

    This does not mean that radon will not enter your home. The term “Radon Resistant New Construction” only means that the home is equipped with radon system pipes, but does not include a radon mitigation fan. Therefore the home is suited for a radon system, but cannot technically be deemed resistant to radon entry.

  • If radon is a health hazard, what are the symptoms?

    Great question, take a look at our Radon and your health page to learn more.

  • What will a radon contractor do to fix the radon?

    Check out our process here.

  • What happens after the radon is fixed?

    Your home would be tested again to ensure that the radon level is low. In order for the level to remain as low as possible, the fan must be running at all times. To make sure that your system is functioning correctly, have your home tested every 2 years after installation.

  • What is a high radon level?

    Radon gas in the air is measured in pCi/L (picoCuries per liter). The EPA recommends to take restrictive measures if the level is 2 to 4 pCi/L. For radon levels in water, each state has varied recommended safety guidelines, so you may check with your local radon office. Municipal well water agencies are required to comply with the 1996 Safe Drinking Water Act Amendment, in which the highest contaminant level is between 300 and 4,000 pCi/L.

  • What do I do if my radon test result is high?

    Your certified radon mitigator will offer solutions on how to equip your home with a system that will reduce the radon levels to the safest possible for you and your family. Contact us today!

Testimonial

Jack did a great job testing our home for radon and giving us insight into the readings as well as options for treatment.
- Jerome Ankeny, IA