Protect Your Health - Test For Radon!
It is very important that a home be tested for radon gas. The EPA has recommended that all homes be tested for radon. When purchasing a home, the time to test for radon is during the usual ten day contingency period when other inspections are being done. Protecting yourself against radon can be done at very low cost, and the test should not be skipped.
Nothing is more valuable than your health. Radon can cause lung cancer and once diagnosed, only about 1 in 10 will live longer than 5 years.
In November of 2006, the American Lung Association has stated:
"Radon gas has been identified as the second leading cause of lung cancer, second only to cigarette smoking, and it is estimated to be responsible for 21,000 deaths from lung cancer annually"
Approximately 400 of these 21,000 deaths occur in Iowa.
The Surgeon General of the United States has issued a Health Advisory warning Americans about the health risk from exposure to radon in indoor air.
From the Iowa Department of Public Health - Radon Page website:
Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer overall and the first leading cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers. The Iowa Radon Survey has indicated that Iowa has the largest percentage (or 71.6%) of homes above the US Environmental Protection Agency action level of 4.0 pCi/L, which is more than any other state in the US.
Radon is a tasteless, odorless, colorless, radioactive gas that occurs naturally in soil and rock, but it can leak into our homes through openings in the foundation floor or walls. Breathing elevated levels of radon for long periods of time can increase one’s risk of contracting lung cancer, and radon is believed to be the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. Only smoking causes more lung cancers.
Radon levels vary from home to home, and the only way to know if your home has a problem is to test. So whether you are purchasing or selling a home, or are a homeowner, take the first step toward making it a healthy home and call us at 319 929-4443 and get that home tested.