Did you know that currently, not enough Minnesotans are testing their homes for radon, despite the state having some of the highest average levels of this dangerous gas in the country? According to an analysis of data collected during a recent five-year period, only 1 percent of properties in Minnesota have been tested for radon. Yet that same data suggests that 2 in 5 homes in the state have a radon level of 4.0 picocuries per liter of air or higher. It has a lot to do with the geology in the soil here in Minnesota. Has your home been tested for radon? Here at AmeriSpec Inspection Services, we take radon seriously, providing licensed radon testing for Minneapolis and the surrounding areas. We are here to tell you more about this dangerous gas as well as the steps you can take to protect your family from it.
Radon is an odorless, colorless, radioactive gas that is created when uranium breaks down in the soil. The gas then seeps up from the ground, including through pores, cracks or other tiny spaces in a building’s floors or foundation. The gas can accumulate in buildings — and inhaled by the occupants.
And, this gas is incredibly harmful. A radon level of 4pCi/L or higher is the equivalent of your family smoking more than 8 cigarettes a day! In fact, according to the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention, radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among nonsmokers in the United States and is linked to 21,000 deaths each year. In fact, the United States Environmental Protection Agency estimates that annual radon-related cancer deaths are greater than drunk driving and home fires combined.
So, what can you do to protect your family against this harmful gas? The best line of defense is to have your home tested for radon with trusted, licensed radon testing. All of our employees here at AmeriSpec have obtained their license and are registered with the Minnesota Department of Health to conduct radon testing. We have the expertise necessary to perform proper radon testing to get you the information you need to mitigate the issue.
Interested in learning more about licensed radon testing for your Minneapolis area home? Call us today at 952-854-5110 or Contact Us for more information or to schedule a radon test!