Do you have children sleeping in or hanging around in your basement? Do you know that is the worst area for radon accumulation? Our homes have been sealed up for energy efficiency since the 70’s!

The Importance of Radon Testing

Home safety: Radon testing is an essential safeguard for your home and your family’s well-being. Radon, a radioactive gas that naturally occurs in the soil, can infiltrate homes and buildings without any noticeable signs, posing a significant health risk. Prolonged exposure to high radon levels is associated with an increased risk of lung cancer. Testing for radon is the first step in identifying potential contamination and ensuring a safe indoor environment. By understanding the importance of radon testing and taking appropriate measures, you can reduce the health risks associated with this invisible threat and create a healthier living space for you and your loved ones.

Radon is an odorless, colorless, deadly gas. If you have high levels of radon, it’s like smoking all day and all night, so your indoor air quality becomes hazardous to the health of you and your family.  It’s the number two cause of lung cancer after tobacco use. It is a silent killer that shows up much later in your life.

The center of the United States is the main area of contamination. Iowa has the highest concentration and South Dakota, and Minnesota are right next door, so contact Perry Electric today for radon testing, mitigation, and indoor air quality control in the Brookings area.

The cause of radon gas is the glacial till from the ice ages 10,000 years ago. When the ice sheets receded in the Midwest, they dropped a lot of material containing decaying uranium. This gas enters our homes through the basement cracks and the sump hole at the foundation level of our homes.

We are finding an average of 16 pc/l in the basements of the newer homes of Brookings. The older areas seem to have more leakage in the envelope of the structure and don’t trap the gas as badly as new homes.

The way we mitigate the problem is with negative pressure fans that are sealed to the sump hole of the house. We have been finding homes with 30 pc/l that end up at .6 pc/l.

That is a fantastic result, and it makes us feel good we can help our customers.

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