Radon Testing Becoming More Popular in Iowa
by: Brian Wentz
January is Radon Awareness month! Not more than a few years ago no one was talking about this colorless odorless gas that seems to emit from the soil. But more and more I am receiving request from home owners and consumers who want buy a home in Des Moines, and are tuned into the issue.
The Iowa Department of public health reports that 7 out of 10 homes in Iowa show elevated levels of radon, above the "action level" of 4 picocuries per liter (pCi/L).
If radon is somethingyou have a concern about, you can hire one of a number of inspectors to set a recording device that will track indoor radon levels over a 24 to 72 hour period. If you plan to buy a home in Des Moines, or anywhere in Iowa, you may want to include a radon test as part of your home inspection. Costs range in the neighborhood of $150.00.
Here, Kevin Nelson of Pillar To Post is seen setting a radon level recorder in a home for sale in Urbandale Iowa. Kevin can be reached at 515-331-0787 or 515-559-4712.
Radon is a radioactive gas. It comes from the natural decay of uranium that is found in nearly all soils. It typically moves up through the ground to the air above and into your home through cracks and other holes in the foundation. Your home traps radon inside, where it can build up. Any home may have a radon problem. This means new and old homes, well-sealed and drafty homes, and homes with or without basements.
RADON GETS IN THROUGH:
- Cracks in solid floors
- Construction joints
- Cracks in walls
- Gaps in suspended floors
- Gaps around service pipes
- Cavities inside walls
- The water supply
Brian Wentz & Beth Ernst
Homes for sale in Des Moines, Iowa including Urbandale, Clive, Beaverdale, West Des Moines, Johnston, Ankeny and Waukee.