Homes within the Quad Cities are all different, some differ in materials used, others differ in style and location - yet some things are very similar.
One trait that every Illinois and Iowa home shares in common is the risk of high radon levels blanketing the home. It doesn't matter if a home was recently constructed or beginning to collapse, radon can enter and build up to unhealthy amounts, making a home seemingly dangerous.
Although radon may be found in any given home, it can also be controlled and significantly reduced to healthier living standards. As important as it is for your own health to live in a home with minimal radon levels, these levels become equally important when buying or selling the home. Radon is a cancer-causing gas that all real estate agents greatly consider -- and so should any Illinois and Iowa homeowner.
Contact your local radon mitigation experts at MidAmerica Basement Systems today for an inspection and consultation. Our radon experts will be able to test your home for radon levels and then explain to you what necessary actions must be taken. MidAmerica Basement Systems is a trusted member of the nationally recognized National Radon Defense network, and we have the training and experience to help lower the radon levels in any home.
There are several types of home foundations and all of which can sustain high levels of radon gas. There are slab-on-grade foundations, and then there are basement or crawl space foundations each can be significantly reduced with radon mitigation systems.
There are, however, some instance where homes may not be receptive to further radon mitigation and some are not that easy to mitigate at all. If you're considering buying a home or even selling your home this is a very important detail that any prospective homeowner would like to know. So how does radon gas enter a home anyways?
In order to understand how radon enters a home, it is important to understand how airflow works through a building's foundation. Small or large cracks in your foundation leave your home vulnerable to this cancer carrying agent. Since radon is the result of uranium decay in soil and since your foundation is underground, it's no wonder the gas can easily enter through a cracking foundation.
Most soils have uranium ingrained in them. Once this uranium decays underground, it produces radium and polonium, which then degrades into radon gas. This gas can easily maneuver through tiny cracks or crevices within your foundation, making its way into your living space and threatening your life.
Radon is actually sucked into the foundation of your home by a process known as the "stack effect". The "stack effect" is the movement of air into and out of buildings, where new air is replaced with the warm air that rises through the foundation and exits through the roofing. This unconditioned and cooler air entering your home is what can contain radon and other gases.
The vacuum-like suction that brings new, unconditioned air through the foundation is actually the difference in pressure between the outdoor and indoor air. The indoor pressure is much lower than the outdoor pressure, which means even the tiniest cracks serve as a vacuum, sucking in the outdoor air. Thus, the radon begins to build up, especially during the colder months when the windows and doors are tightly closed.
Most real estate agents request information about a home's radon levels. The gas is measured in picocuries per liter, pCi/L. Radon levels are separated into three levels of severity: high, 4.0 pCi/L and above; moderate, 2.0 - 4.0 pCi/L; and low, 2.0 pCi/L and below.
The Environmental Protection Agency recommends reducing levels in any environment in the U.S. containing 4.0 pCi/L and above. However, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends any European environment with 2.7 pCi/L and above to be mitigated. What's the difference?
Well, according to Dr. Maria Neira of the WHO, most lung cancer cases caused by radon are actually not resulting from high radon levels, but actually by being exposed to low or medium levels in homes. Experts feel that all levels of radon exposure can be dangerous.
Whether the levels are above or below 4.0 pCi/L, MidAmerica Basement Systems can help mitigate and reduce a home's radon levels to the lowest level. Our company provides proper maintenance to assure that the mitigation system is effectively running.
Knowledge about radon is the sign of a good real estate agent. Any real estate agent should be aware of a home's radon levels before trying to sell. If you're in the market for a new home, try to request for the home's current radon level - and if your considering buying, try to have the home mitigated to acceptable levels of radon before you continue the process.
Even if you're considering new construction, radon can still become a future problem. Like many other home improvement projects, Radon is more expensive to repair later than to mitigate from the start. Ask the contractor to install a radon resistant system as your home is being constructed. According to the National Association of Home Builders, one in six homes is being built with these systems. This means 200,000 homeowners are taking the initiative to protect their families before a home is even built. This is a worthwhile investment and a viable option.
Buying or selling a home? Concerned about radon? MidAmerica Basement Systems is your neighborhood radon mitigation experts in Illinois and Iowa. Contact our company today for a Free Estimate on radon prevention. One of our radon specialists will thoroughly test and examine your home for radon in either your home or future home and from there, our specialists will give you additional information.