Radon Testing And Mitigation

Radon is a silent threat. The odorless, colorless and tasteless naturally-occurring gas is the leading environmental cause of lung cancer deaths. More than 21,000 lung cancer deaths per year in the United States are attributed to radon. Fortunately, radon testing and mitigation are relatively easy, affordable steps to take to protect yourself and your family.

More than 40% of Minnesota homes have dangerous levels of radon gas in them according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The MDH wants every home in Minnesota to have radon testing done every 2-5 years.

Radon testing is easy, inexpensive and only takes a few days of monitoring to determine if your home is at risk. Our technicians at Finken can do home radon testing as well as provide the mitigation to redirect the flow of radon and put your mind at ease.

What Is Radon?

Radon is a gas which forms in the earth as a result of decaying thorium and uranium which are found in nearly all soil types. The radon gas, while one of the heaviest gases, flows from the ground into basements or other low parts of homes through cracks or holes in the foundation. Even if your home is well-sealed, there is a chance radon can find a way in.

There isn’t much we can do to prevent radon from getting into a home, but once inside, mitigation is the best way to reduce radon levels by redirecting the radon through a ventilation system. And the only way to know for sure if radon is in your home is to have a test done every 2-5 years.

Radon is measured in picocuries per liter (pCi/L). The EPA and MDH recommend a homeowner take action if radon testing shows levels of 4.0 pCi/L or more. While it isn’t possible to reduce radon to zero, the best approach is to lower the radon level as much as possible. Any amount of radon, even at or below the recommended action level, carries some risk.

Radon Testing

It’s best to do radon testing at multiple points throughout the year. The amount of radon in a home is usually highest during the heating season. Weather can also influence the amount of radon in a home.

As was mentioned before, the MDH recommends every home, even those built radon-resistant, have radon testing done every 2-5 years. Homes should also be tested after any work is done, such as building an addition, finishing a basement or adding an HVAC system.

Make an appointment today to have a professional Finken technician conduct radon testing in your home.

Radon Mitigation

If it is found that you have high levels of radon in your home after testing, a radon mitigation system can be installed to begin reducing the amount of radon right away.

A radon mitigation system is a ventilation system which is installed on an exterior wall and vents radon out of the basement/lower level. This helps improve the quality of the air. Sealing the cracks or other areas where radon is entering the home has not been shown to reduce radon in the long-term.

If you have already had radon testing done and know you have a radon problem, make an appointment today for professional radon mitigation from Finken.

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