Radon In Iowa
Anyone who has ever bought or sold a house in Iowa has probably heard about radon. But while you may have given it a passing thought once upon a time, most people do not think about it on a regular basis. In fact, radon gas tends to be very easily forgotten because you can’t see it, smell it, taste it or touch it. That also means you may not know if you have a problem.
That may not be a big problem if it were a rare issue, but statistics show that 7 out of 10 homes in Iowa test above the recommended limit for radon. And while there is debate about the effects of radon gas and the levels of safe exposure, experts agree that the safest course of action is to have a mitigation system installed in your house if you test above the recommended limits. Some builders have even moved to installing these mitigation systems as a default feature on all new construction.
What is Radon and How Do you Get It?
Radon is colorless and odorless. It stems from underground uranium. As the uranium decays, it releases radon gas that flows up through the soil and in through the foundation of your house. That’s why radon is often concentrated in basements and most damaging in basements. Radon is a naturally rising gas, which is why radon mitigation systems are made of PVC piping (sometimes including a fan) to provide an escape route for the radon up and out the top or side of your house. Iowa happens to sit on a lot of uranium, so radon is higher here than in other states.
The good news about radon is that it’s easy to test for. There are home test kits you can administer yourself or you can contact a local professional to do the test for you. Local radon mitigation companies can then install either a passive or active radon mitigation system to fix the issue if your levels test too high.
WhoTV Channel 13 in Des Moines has posted a great article on radon that we recommend reading for more information.
You can also contact the Iowa Radon Hotline at 1-800-383-5992 for any questions you may have.