We all know that air pollution can be hazardous to our health, but many are not aware that the air that they breathe inside their own homes could be slowly killing them. Hundreds of homes, schools, and business buildings contain high levels of dangerous Radon gas.
Minnesota buildings are at a higher risk for radon contamination than the national average - about 33% according to the Minnesota Department of Health.
Reduce the risk Radon is a radioactive, naturally occurring gas that, in high concentrations, could cause lung cancer and other health issues. Since it is odorless, colorless, and tasteless, the only way to identify it is through professional Radon testing. Carter Custom Construction offers accurate radon testing and mitigation services that you can rely on.
Radon Mitigation and Removal Services Effective Radon Mitigation and Abatement requires an understanding of radon gas behavior. Our experts combine suction piping, fans, ventilation and sealing techniques in designing and providing a reliable Radon removal system that suits your home.
You can trust us with your security Your safety is our priority, and your comfort is important. We have over 20 years of construction experience, and we know how to detect Radon issues and effectively address them so that your home, school, or business is safe and sound.
Call us today at 651-653-0190 for more information on our Radon Testing Services and Radon Mitigation system, and be sure to ask about our free Radon Test Kit with any home consultation.
Comprehensive Radon Testing for your Safety
What is Radon? Radon is a radioactive gas that is odorless, colorless, tasteless, and chemically motionless. Radon gases are formed by the natural decay of radioactive uranium found in rock, soil, and water. It can be found all over the US and in all 50 states.
When uranium in the soil, water, and rocks begin to break down and decompose, it produces radon gas. When this occurs outdoors, the radon is harmlessly dispersed into the air. However, if radon gas becomes trapped inside a building, it can increase one's risk of developing lung cancer.
How do I know if I have radon in my house, school, or business? Testing for radon presence is the only way of knowing how much is present. At Carter Custom Construction, we’re experts at Radon Testing, and offer a free testing kit to see if your building is safe.
Is my home at risk of radon? The only way to know is to test, but one in 15 homes (6%) nationally has an indoor radon presence that is above the EPA standard. Minnesota homes are much higher risk (about 33%), due to the nature of the soil in the Upper Midwest.
How does radon get into my home? Radon gas typically enters a building the same way air enters the home - through openings around pipes and floor drains, cracks in the foundation and openings in the floors or walls of a building. Additionally, radon gas can be found in construction materials and private wells. Any home is at risk of a radon problem, no matter the type of foundation, the age, or the energy efficiency of the home. The only way to ensure the building does not have a radon issue is to have it tested. As mentioned, we offer free radon testing so you can know for sure.
The soil in the Upper Midwest of the country often contains naturally-occurring Radium and Uranium. As these minerals break down, Radon gas is released. Minnesota has an ongoing supply of Radon due to the geological makeup of the soil. Many of the homes in Minnesota contain high levels of Radon gas due to common building practices and the area's climate.
Minnesota homes with a finished basement are at an increased risk of radon gas, since the basement structure is in contact with the soil. MDH (Minnesota Dept. of Health) estimates that one-third of the homes in the state contain radon gas levels high enough to affect one's health over their lifetime. The number of homes with high levels of radon is even greater in certain areas of the state. If a homeowner has a radon issue, they can reduce the radon levels with radon mitigation with a professional Radon Mitigation professional like Carter Custom Construction.
What happens if I have prolonged exposure to Radon? As Radon is inhaled, it damages tissues in the lung and can lead to an increased risk of lung cancer. Prolonged exposure to radon gas is actually the second-leading cause of lung cancer in America. Radon gas contributes to 7,000 to 30,000 lung cancer deaths annually. Radon-induced lung cancer risks increase even further with smoking. No short-term symptoms of radon gas exposure have been documented. Short-term exposure to radon at natural environmental levels of 4 pCi/liter or less does not cause any symptoms, such as headaches, stomach pains, digestive issues, rashes or joint pain.
Minnesota does not regulate radon levels; therefore, it is the homeowner's responsibility to determine the acceptable levels of radon gas in their home. The USEPA recommendations for radon levels is less than 4.0 picoCuries per liter of air (pCi/L). At 4.0 pCi/L, the risk of lung cancer is 7 in 1000. In the United States, thousands of preventable lung cancer deaths have been attributed to exposure to residential Radon gas.
Radon gas exposure or smoking can increase the risk of developing lung cancer. Those whose homes contain radon and who smoke are at an even greater risk of developing lung cancer. When one is exposed to 4 pCi of radon gas, the risk of lung cancer is 2 in 1000 in non-smokers. For smokers, the risk increases to 29 in 1000. The IEMA and USEPA recommend Radon Mitigation when Radon levels in the home are 4.0 pCi/L or higher.
How do I test for Radon gas in my building? Carter Custom Construction is licensed and bonded Minnesota contractor that offers professional Radon testing, mitigation, and abatement. Click here to learn more about our FREE Radon Testing services.