Do You Need a Radon Detector? Where Does It Come From?
Radon is a very dangerous, natural gas that is toxic and can be a problem in your home. It is odorless, colorless, and tasteless, making it very difficult to detect. Having a radon detector is an important proactive way to protect your family from its dangerous impacts.
How to protect your Home from Radon Risks in Quad Cities, Peoria IL & Cedar Rapids IA Areas
A byproduct of decaying uranium, radon, is a radioactive gas that's both odorless and colorless. Radon is estimated to cause many thousands of deaths each year. That's because when you breathe unhealthy amounts of air containing radioactive radon, you can get lung cancer. In fact, the Surgeon General has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States today. With only smoking ahead of radon for lung cancer-related deaths, smokers especially risk their lives from the odorless gas.
Radon gas comes from the natural (radioactive) breakdown of uranium in soil, rock, and water. Despite the fact that radon easily travels and is located all throughout the U.S., the biggest concern is where you spend the most of your time, your home. Radon gas can enter the interior of your home through cracks and gaps in your foundation, where air is vacuumed or sucked through these openings.
MidAmerica Basement Systems can test your home for radon gas levelsto see if you are living unsafely. If radon is above the recommended levels, we can custom build a radon mitigation system to effectively reduce radon gas in your home. We serve the Illinois and Iowa area, including Cedar Rapids, Peoria, Waterloo, Davenport and nearby.
Radon systems typically start in the crawl space or basement and force the gas out of the home.
Radon enters a home in its gaseous form. As it escapes from the soil, it will look for the path of least resistance. Any area that is directly exposed to the soil is vulnerable. Any cracks in foundations, open pits (sump pit, or cisterns in some older homes), basement windows, fittings, and floor drains in the basement- all areas that can allow easy access to a home for radon.
- Cracks in concrete slabs
- Spaces behind brick veneer walls that rest on uncapped hollow-brick foundation
- Pores and cracks in concrete blocks
- Floor-wall joints
- Exposed soil, as in a sump
- Weeping (drain) tile, if drained to open sump
- Mortar joints
- Loose fitting pipe penetrations
- Open tops of block walls
- Building materials such as some rocks
- Water (from some wells)
Stop risking your exposure to radon! Call 563-202-1650 or contact us today to schedule a radon test or receive a free radon mitigation system estimate today! We make your Illinois and Iowa home a healthier, safer environment.