Radon

Radon Testing and Mitigation Service

Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas produced by the breakdown of uranium in soil, rock, and water.

Iowa has the highest incidence of elevated radion levels in the U.S. Nationally, 1 our of every 15 homes has a radon concentration above the EPA suggested action guideline of 4.0 pCi/l. In Iowa, 6 of every 10 homes will test above 4.0 pCi/l.

Details, Inc is certified by the State of Iowa for radon testing and design/installation of radon reduction systems. A simple 48 hour test can determine the radon levels in your home. Our measurement specialist will then review the results of you radon test with you and discuss your options per EPA protocol. If excessive radon concentrations are detected, we can evaluate and determine the appropriate action needed to keep your home and family safe. Radon levels can be reduced by 99% in some homes.

Radon enters the home through foundation cracks and other openings. Radon is estimated to cause thousands of lung cancer deaths each year. In fact, the Surgeon General has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. Only smoking causes more lung cancer deaths.

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The Dangers of Radon and the Importance of Inspections

Overview

This Guide answers important questions about radon and lung cancer risk. It also answers questions about testing and fixing for anyone buying or selling a home.

Radon Is a Cancer-Causing, Radioactive Gas

You cannot see, smell, or taste radon. But it still may be a problem in your home. When you breathe air containing radon, you increase your risk of getting lung cancer. In fact, the Surgeon General of the United States has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States today. If you smoke and your home has high radon levels, your risk of lung cancer is especially high.

You Should Test for Radon

Testing is the only way to find out your home's radon levels. EPA and the Surgeon General recommend testing all homes below the third floor for radon.

You Can Fix a Radon Problem

If you find that you have high radon levels, there are ways to fix a radon problem. Even very high levels can be reduced to acceptable levels.

If You Are Selling a Home...

EPA recommends that you test your home before putting it on the market and, if necessary, lower your radon levels. Save the test results and all information you have about steps that were taken to fix any problems. This could be a positive selling point.

If You Are Buying a Home...

  • EPA recommends that you know what the indoor radon level is in any home you consider buying. Ask the seller for their radon test results. If the home has a radon-reduction system, ask the seller for information they have about the system.
  • If the home has not yet been tested, you should have the housed tested.
  • If you are having a new home built, there are features that can be incorporated into your home during construction to reduce radon levels.
  • The radon testing guidelines in this Guide have been developed specifically to deal with the time-sensitive nature of home purchases and sales, and the potential for radon device interference. These guidelines are slightly different from the guidelines in other EPA publications which provide radon testing and reduction information for non-real estate situations.

This Guide recommends three short-term testing options for real estate transactions. EPA also recommends testing a home in the lowest level which is suitable for occupancy, since a buyer may choose to live in a lower area of the home than that used by the seller.

Learn More at the EPA.gov website or give us a call at (319) 759-3696.