Radon Test Devices, Radon Testing & Affordable Radon Mitigation Services
What is radon?
Radon is a colorless, odorless and tasteless radioactive gas. Unless you test for it, there is no way of telling how much is present in your home. Radon is formed by the radioactive decay of uranium in rock, soil, and water. Once produced, radon moves through the ground and into our homes and other buildings. When radon seeps into your home, it becomes trapped, and can build to dangerous levels. Learn more about radon at wikipedia.com
Radon in Minnesota Homes
Much of the soil in Southern Minnesota contains widespread uranium and radium. These minerals continuously break down to release radon gas. Therefore, Minnesota's geology provides an ongoing supply of radon. In addition, a large percentage of Minnesota homes have elevated levels of radon because of how they are built and how they operate in our climate. The low pressure condition in our homes creates a vacuum, pulling soil gases, including radon, indoors where they become trapped. Another important factor is that many Minnesota homes have basements that are used as living spaces. Radon is not just a basement problem - ventilation systems can distribute radon concentrations to all areas of your home.
Radon Causes Lung Cancer!
Each year over 21,000 Americans lose their life to radon induced lung cancer - more than drunk driving, drowning and home fires combined. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S and it is the number one cause of lung cancer for non-smokers. Whether you smoke or not, breathing radon can cause lung cancer.
U.S. Surgeon General Health Advisory
"Indoor radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the United States and breathing it over prolonged periods can present a significant health risk to families all over the country. It's important to know that this threat is completely preventable. Radon can be detected with a simple test and fixed through well-established venting techniques." US Surgeon General Website.
You Can Protect Your Family From Radon
Radon can be detected with our simple do-it-yourself radon test kits and if your home is at risk, it can be permanently fixed with our proven radon reduction techniques. Most homes can be repaired in just one day and for less than the cost of other common home repairs. Our active radon mitigation systems are guaranteed to lower your homes radon level to below the EPA action guideline of 4.0 pCi/L. Our drain tile mitigation systems are guaranteed to reduce the level to below the World Health Organization repair guideline of 2.7 pCi/L.
How does radon induce Lung Cancer? - When inhaled, airborne radon decay products become deeply lodged or trapped in the lungs, where the alphas radiate and penetrate the cells of the mucous membranes, bronchi, and other pulmonary tissues. The ionizing radiation energy affecting the bronchial epithelial cells is believed to initiate the process of the carcinogenesis. Although, radon-related lung cancers are mainly seen in the upper airways, radon increases the incidence of all histological types of lung cancer, including small cell carcinoma, adenocarcinoma, and squamous cell carcinoma.
The U.S. EPA and the Surgeon General recommend testing all homes. - Millions of Americans have already tested their homes. Testing is easy, inexpensive and only takes a few minutes of your time. Testing is the only way to know if you and your family are at risk from radon gas. TEST YOUR HOME TODAY with our do-it-yourself radon test kits.