Unfortunately, Minnesota’s widespread, low-grade uranium stores make it a hotbed for radon activity. As uranium breaks down, it forms radium, which decays into radon. Radon is a dangerous, radioactive gas that enters your home insidiously—through foundation cracks, crawlspaces, floor drains, sump pumps, pipes and other structural openings.

Of course, it is important to keep radon levels as low as possible, as it is a radioactive gas that can lead to numerous health issues, including lung cancer, when it exists in high concentrations. In fact, it is believed that radon is second only to smoking as a leading cause of lung cancer.

Since you cannot see or smell radon, the only way to determine if levels are building in your home is by testing. If you have found after testing that radon levels in your home exceed 4 picocuries per liter (pCi/L), then you are putting your health at risk.

What Can You Do?

If the test results are back and it is not good news, there are certain measures that you can take to try to decrease radon levels. Since radon is drawn into the house from the soil, the first step is to properly seal all of the gaps and cracks in the basement floors and walls. However, while this is a helpful step to take, it will not solve the problem completely.

To help decrease radon levels, homeowners can also bring fresh air into the house through ventilating with a fan. This is often referred to as home pressurization, and it can be a cost-effective way of bringing air in from outside to circulate around your home.

Time to Call the Experts

It’s important to note that you cannot mitigate this issue on your own; radon is impossible to detect without specialized equipment. Using state-of-the-art technology, indoor air quality specialists can test your home for radon gas and provide affordable recommendations for radon mitigation.

Taking Action to Mitigate Radon

A team of experts will perform a radon check in your home to determine how high the levels are. They should also check your water supply, particularly if you get your water from a well, as this will generally lead to a greater risk of radon entering your home through your shower. Your indoor air quality specialist might also suggest installing a pump into your basement, so that the radon is pumped out before it can enter the main part of your home.

A radon reduction system is another option for mitigating radon from your home. Your contractor can install these, and they are extremely effective—with some models decreasing radon levels by up to 99 percent. Although the cost of installation may be high, these systems are easy to maintain. Even more, you will no longer have to worry about radon levels in your home while this system is operating effectively.

Schedule Radon Testing

Professional radon testing is the most accurate way to measure radon levels in any building. FloCore’s radon testing provides a detailed report of radon levels, which helps homeowners know if they need to invest in a radon mitigation system to avoid health risks.

If you suspect you may have high levels of radon in your home and would like to get radon testing done, contact our team at 507.424.5723 today to schedule your competitively priced radon test, or to request a free radon mitigation system consultation.