Radon Testing — Protect Yourself from Elevated LevelsAccording to the Minnesota Department of Health, every Minnesota home should be tested for radon. Two in five homes have radon levels that present a significant health risk, and nearly 80 percent of the counties in the state are rated as high radon zones. There are two ways to protect your family: with radon testing and radon mitigation—also known as abatement or reduction—of the gas levels in your home. To schedule your FREE radon test with DuctWorks Heating & Air Conditioning, please call us today at (763) 225-2729.
What is Radon?
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines radon as a naturally occurring, uranium-based, radioactive gas. When the gas seeps up from the earth through a home’s foundation, for example, it contaminates the indoor air. Once inhaled, the gas gives off radioactive particles that can damage the cells that line the lung and cause cancer.
The threat of lung cancer increases with long-term exposure to higher levels. There is no safe level of radon. Any amount of radon carries some risk. You can’t see radon or smell it, and testing is the only way to know if your family is at risk.
How Radon Enters Our Minnesota Homes
Factors that contribute to Minnesota’s high levels include our porous soil which produces an ongoing supply of radon. Additionally, our airtight, energy-efficient homes can create negative pressure, caused by too much air leaving the house and not enough fresh air coming in. This causes an imbalance—or a vacuum—so that substances like dangerous radon are sucked in to the home.
Your basement is the most susceptible to problems caused by these conditions and is exactly where radon can enter your home. Other entry points can be anywhere there is an opening between the home and the soil—through cracks in concrete blocks, crawl spaces, sump pump, floor-wall joints, building materials, drain tile, and more. In general, any time air enters your home from the underlying soil, some radon will likely come with it.
Our Family Keeps Your Family SafeTake advantage of our testing which checks for high radon levels. The test is fast and accurate. We place a tester in your home, leave it for 48 hours, and return to pick it up. If levels are unsafe, we can offer recommendations on actions to take based on the test results. One of those options might be to provide you with a free estimate for radon mitigation and guidelines for follow-up radon testing. DuctWorks offers the test equipment, the testing process, and the estimate for mitigation service, if needed, at no cost to its customers.
Reducing Radon Levels in Your Home
If high radon levels are found, we can perform radon mitigation. Lowering the levels not only requires technical knowledge but special skills, and we’re one of the few HVAC companies in the Twin Cities to offer it. Qualified radon mitigation professionals like those employed at DuctWorks are your best resources for assessing and advising you.