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Radon News from the Iowa Legislature

 

The Iowa legislature appropriated $1 million for radon testing in schools.  Beginning July 1, 2014, schools will be able to seek funding to test their schools for radon.  This funding will go a long way to insuring our students and teachers have a safe environment to learn and work. 

The appropriation will go nicely with the radon bill the legislature passed earlier in session.  The radon in schools bill requires the Dept. of Education to educate Iowa’s schools on the dangers of radon and then gather what their plan is for testing and mitigation.  The Department will then report back to the legislature on their findings.  The Governor signed the bill into law on April 17, 2014

Did You Know?

How Radon Enters Your Home

 

Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas produced by the breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water.  Air pressure inside your home is usually lower than pressure in the soil around your home’s foundation.  Because of this difference in pressure, your house acts like a vacuum, dragging radon in through foundation cracks and other openings.  Radon may also be present in well water and small amounts can be released into the air in your home when water is used for showering and household uses.

 

Radon Reduction Techniques Work

 

Some radon reduction systems can reduce radon levels in your home by up to 99%.  The cost of fixing a home generally ranges from $1200.00 and up, depending on the size of fan that is required, the amount of piping required and soil conditions around your home.