Hear what one of our radon mitigation specialists has to say about where radon comes from.
Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas. It’s a byproduct of uranium decay, and soils, rocks and water contain different concentrations of uranium. In fact, soils in Nebraska, Kansas and Iowa have higher uranium concentrations and are therefore more prone to high radon levels.
Radon is found in the air you breath and is present in varying amounts throughout the country. It breaks down and dissipates quickly in open air, but dangerous levels can accumulate inside a house. Because we spend so much time in our homes, high levels indoors are particularly dangerous.
Local geology and uranium concentration is a factor, but not the only factor. Construction materials, methods, and how the home was built are additional factors. New, old, basement, no basement - really, radon can be a problem in homes of all types.
Specifically, as uranium breaks down over time and releases radon gases, that radon can enter your home through cracks in concrete slabs, pores and cracks in concrete blocks, exposed soil, loose fitting pipes and water from wells.
The good news is that testing for radon is easy. You can buy a Do It Yourself test kit online or Home Depot and get pretty accurate readings as long as you follow the instructions carefully.
If you’re not confident or interested in doing the test on your own, or if your home test kit results come back high, the next step is to have a professional in to conduct a continuous radon monitor test. A Professional Continuous Radon Monitor test is set by a Certified Radon Mitigation Specialist and takes a reading every hour upon the hour for 48 hours.
If the levels are above 4.0 pCi/L, the EPA recommends mitigation to bring the levels down.