Professional Radon Reduction & Measurement Services

Frequently Asked Questions

All Radon information in this section is provided courtesy of the A Citizens Guide to Radon Reduction, US EPA, pub. 402-K-03-002. Call or email for a free copy. Additional information is provided courtesy of the Minnesota Department of Health.

What is radon?
Radon is an odorless, radioactive gas that derives from sub atomic degeneration of Uranium underground. Radon and its Radon Decay Products, when inhaled, attach themselves to the lung lining, causing damage to the lining's DNA. Over time, depending largely on the dose and duration, Radon can cause lung cancer.
Where is radon, and how prevalent is it?
Radon occurs naturally and has been found at elevated levels in all 50 states. According the Minnesota Department of Health, elevated Radon levels occur in approximately 40% of Minnesota homes!
Is radon a serious health risk?
Radon is a class A carcinogen and is the second leading cause of lung cancer. The EPA estimates that Radon kills more than 22,000 people in the USA each year. Only cigarette smoking causes more deaths. If you smoke and your home radon level is high, your risk is especially high. Studies have shown that Children are especially venerable, too.
Should I Test My Home?
The EPA recommends testing for radon and reducing radon in homes that have high levels. Fix your home if your radon level is 4 Pico curries per liter (pCi/L) or higher. (To ensure objective results, you should have your home tested independently of a Radon Mitigation Services provider.) There is no "safe" level of Radon; you may wish to mitigate your home even if levels are above 2 Pico curries.
Does radon mitigation really work?
Mitigation systems can substantially reduce radon level in your home. Your home acts as a kind of vacuum cleaner, drawing in radon gas from beneath and around your home. Air pressure in your home is usually lower than soil pressure around your home's foundation. This vacuum effect is especially high in wintertime as the stack effect of home heating draws air upward. Mitigation really works!
How do I select a radon mitigation contractor?
Make sure the contractor you choose is certified. Unlike many states, Minnesota does not require radon mitigation contractors to be licensed. However, the Minnesota Department of Health lists contractors who are certified by NEHA. (The National Environmental Health Administration is chartered by the EPA to provide certification services in the United States). Also, make sure the contractor is insured, offers a written contract and guarantee, and ask for references.