What is Radon?
Radon is a tasteless, odorless, and colorless gas that enters your home through areas such as cracked foundation, walls, basement floors, and wells.
Inhaling radon while outdoors may be less risky and is nearly impossible to avoid, however, it becomes a problem when the gas gets trapped indoors and rises to unsafe levels. According to the American Lung Association, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. The American Cancer Society states that nearly 20,000 lung cancer deaths each year are linked to radon.
Who is at risk?
Everyone! All homes should check their radon levels regularly. The symptoms of radon exposure often go undetected and radon testing is the only way to find out how at risk you and your family are.
Testing for radon is simple and fairly cheap. The most common way to test for radon is through a short-term two to seven day kit that can be purchased online. The test is placed in the lowest part of your home where there is little to no traffic. After the test is done, it is sealed in an envelope and sent to a lab for results. The results will then be sent to you in a few short weeks. You can purchase a short-term radon test kit here.
There is also a long-term kit that takes around three months to complete and tends to be more accurate. People often choose the short-term test first to see if a long-term radon test is needed. You can purchase a long-term radon test kit here.
If you would like more information on radon in Iowa, you can contact the Iowa Radon Hotline at 1-800-383-5992.