(651) 212-4221 (800) 873-1451

What is Something You Can’t See, Smell or Taste In Your Home?…..Radon Gas!

Did you know the EPA estimates that nearly 1 out of 15 homes in the U.S. has elevated radon levels? Radon gas is responsible for about 21,000 fatalities each year and the Surgeon General has warned that it is the second leading cause of lung cancer. According to the Minnesota Department of Health, one in three homes in Minnesota has radon levels that pose a serious health risk.  Many homes in Minnesota operate under negative air pressure, especially in the winter. This means that the air pressure inside your home is lower than the surrounding air and soil creating a  vacuum that pulls soil gases, such as radon, into your home.

What is radon?

Radon is a radioactive gas that comes from the natural decay of uranium that is found in nearly all types of soil. It moves into your home through cracks, gaps and holes in your foundation as well as through your water supply. The gas becomes trapped in your home and builds up over time.

How to test for radon in your home

It is recommended that all homeowners test for radon.  There are two basic types of radon tests available, short-term & long-term. Short-term tests measure radon levels for 2 to 7 days. This offers a quick and inexpensive way to screen your home for radon gas. Long-term tests are for a minimum of 90 days. They are the best radon tests because they will estimate the average amount of radon in your home. For the best results monitor it for one year so you can incorporate both heating and cooling seasons. The cost of an at home test is usually between $5-$25. They can be purchased at hardware or home supply stores. Make sure when purchasing your kit that it includes the price of laboratory analysis. You can also hire a professional when you need and unbiased, third party involved when purchasing real estate.  You should test your home for radon every 2 to 5 years also conduct a test after purchasing a new heating or central air system.

How do I find a qualified radon service professional?

If you are looking to hire a professional to test your home, wish to purchase a radon test kit or have any questions about radon gas in your home, you can contact your State Radon representative to determine radon measurements in your state. If you have radon levels over 4pCi/L you may have an opportunity to receive grants for radon mitigation in your home so be sure to check with you local and state ordinances. 

Lindus Construction / Midwest LeafGuard is a full service local contractor specializing in LeafGuard Gutters, GAF Asphalt Roofing, SeasonGuard Windows/Siding/Insulation, Home Remodeling & New Construction. For a free no obligation estimate call us at 1-800-873-1451 or check us out on the web at www.lindusconstruction.com. Tune into WCCO 830 every Saturday from 9a-10a.

20 Responses to What is Something You Can’t See, Smell or Taste In Your Home?…..Radon Gas!

  1. Morgan says:

    I was able to find good advice from your blog posts.

  2. Ernest says:

    Excellent article. Keep writing!
    I’m really impressed by it.

  3. Jeffery says:

    I truly appreciate this blog article. Thank you!

  4. Darryl says:

    Hi there! Do you use Twitter? I’d like to follow you if that would be ok.

    I’m undoubtedly enjoying your blog and look forward to new updates.

    1. Andy Lindus says:

      Hi Darryl! Yes, you can follow us on Twitter. Our handle is @linduscon.

  5. Michelle says:

    Very good post! We will be linking to this great article on our website.
    Keep up the good writing.

  6. Vanessa says:

    Thanks for another magnificent post.

  7. Alyvia says:

    I simply want to say I’m beginner to blogs and really liked this blog!

  8. Rita says:

    Great blog here! Also, your site loads up very fast!

  9. Fred says:

    Hey very nice website!! Man .. Beautiful ..

  10. Gracie says:

    Bookmarked!! I really like your blog!

  11. Harley says:

    After looking at a handful of the articles on your website, I honestly like your technique for writing a blog.

  12. Rosalina says:

    This is an amazing article.

  13. Gregorio says:

    Nice post.

  14. Tressa says:

    A big thank you for your blog article. Really looking forward to reading more. Keep writing.

  15. Jay says:

    Thanks a lot for the blog. Cool.

  16. Dorthey says:

    Great article; just what I was looking for.

  17. Roger says:

    Good post. I definitely appreciate all the info and listen to you guys on WCCO every weekend. It’s refreshing to encounter someone who knows what they are doing and is willing to help educate others about their field.

  18. Stevie says:

    Thanks for the great post!

  19. Royce says:

    Great post!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

FREE In-Home Estimates

Fill out the form below or call 1-800-873-1451 for your free estimate.

Special Offer

Get 50% off installation labor on select services through October

Contact us now and get 50% off installation labor on LeafGuard gutters, GAF asphalt shingles, SeasonGuard windows and siding.

Free Estimate › Financing Available - Learn More