Radon Awareness Week Perfect Time to Test North Dakota Homes
Oct 15, 2010 – Fargo, ND –National Radon Awareness Week begins Sunday, October 17, and is the perfect time for homeowners in North Dakota and Minnesota to test for radon. Innovative Basement Systems provides testing for homeowners, as well as mitigation systems for those homes with high levels of radon.
Innovative Basement Systems President Keith Johnson says, “Fall and winter are the ideal times to test for radon in the home, since windows are typically closed and any radon in the home will not be diluted with fresh air from outdoors.”
Radon is a colorless, odorless, radioactive gas caused by the decay of uranium in the earth. As radon gas rises through the soil, it can seep into homes through cracks in the foundation, walls, crawl spaces, sump pumps and wells. The only way to know if your home has a high level of radon is to test for it. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) considers 4 picocuries per liter of air unacceptable.
Long term exposure to high levels of radon can lead to lung cancer. The National Cancer Institute says that radon is responsible for more than 20,000 cases of lung cancer in the U.S. each year, making it the number one cause of lung cancer among non-smokers and the second leading cause of lung cancer overall.
Testing for radon is best done in the fall or winter months, when the home is usually closed to outdoor air. Innovative Basement Systems has trained radon mitigation specialists available to help homeowners test for radon in their homes. If elevated radon levels are found in the home, radon mitigation experts in North Dakota can install an aesthetically-pleasing mitigation system.
Innovative is also a member of National Radon Defense, a network of radon mitigation experts across the nation.
For more information on radon and its health effects, radon testing and radon mitigation systems in North Dakota and Minnesota, contact:
Innovative Basement Systems