Did you know that Iowa is THE worst state in the country for radon? Iowa soil, famous for growing quality corn and beans, is also responsible for emitting high levels of radon. And in case you haven’t heard, radon is a radioactive and cancer-causing gas found in the homes of many Iowans.
Because of the high levels of radon in Iowa, there is a 73% chance that you have a radon problem in your home.
Iowa homes are more likely to be affected by high levels of radon than any other state in the country, with three out of four homes having radon levels higher than the EPA action level. The health hazard occurs as radon gas breaks down into radioactive particles, which can get trapped in your lungs as you breathe. As the particles decay, they give off bursts of radiation. (The bursts are so strong they can cut glass!) Inside your body, these bursts of radiation cause damage to lung tissue and can lead to lung cancer.
According to the Surgeon General, radon is the number one leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers in the United States. An estimated 400 deaths per year in Iowa are caused by radon-induced lung cancer. To put that in perspective, that is about the same number of annual deaths in Iowa for traffic fatalities.
Radon levels can vary greatly from home to home, and the only way to know if your home has a radon problem is to test it.
But how do you know what levels are safe? And what is the best way to test radon levels? We are Professional House Doctors, a Des Moines, Iowa company, and we have all the answers to your radon questions! We are Iowa’s leading radon company with over 35 years of experience, and it is our goal to provide you with as much information as possible to protect your family from radon’s harmful effects.
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