Toxic Mold and You

As snow melts and spring rains begin to fall, homeowners will inevitably notice more water intrusion and flooding issues in their homes. When moisture issues are not addressed immediately, mold growth can quickly start to affect our health. Everyone knows that mold can cause allergies and that is often our clients’ primary concern when addressing… Read more »

Posted on February 23, 2016 at 11:51 am

BUYER BEWARE! Air Quality Dangers in Foreclosed Homes

Prior and current mold infestation is required to be disclosed by the seller of a house, however, that is not the case with foreclosures. More often than not, lenders do not perform regular maintenance or keep the air conditioning running in order to reduce costs and utility bills. If pipes freeze during cold weather or… Read more »

Posted on January 29, 2016 at 1:25 pm

Children and Pets: Increased Risk for Radon

January is Radon Action Month, so we are continuing the discussion of the radioactive gas radon. Radon is a concern because of the devastating health effects it can have on our families. Any amount of exposure to radon is unhealthy, but the higher the amount–the more harmful it is. We weigh the risks and consider… Read more »

Posted on at 11:55 am

January is Radon Awareness Month–Know the Risks

The EPA estimates that as many as 20,000 people die of radon-induced lung cancer every year and is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking. Radon-induced lung cancer costs Americans $2 billion per year in healthcare costs. The burst of Alpha radiation given off by radon which damages our cells is the same… Read more »

Posted on at 11:36 am

January Is Radon Action Month: Schedule Your Professional Radon Test

As the holidays approach and the temperatures grow colder, those of us in the indoor air quality community are reminded that January is Radon Action Month. Radon—the radioactive gas which seeps into our homes from the soil—is the second-leading cause of lung cancer, and the leading cause in non-smokers. Take Extra Radon Precautions in Iowa… Read more »

Posted on December 18, 2015 at 2:40 pm

Radon in Iowa: Why Testing For Radon Saves Lives

Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in never smokers, killing more than 21,000 people in the U.S. every year. Iowa leads the nation in indoor radon concentration with 6 TIMES the national average due to the high levels of uranium and radium in our glacial till soils. There are approximately 400 deaths per… Read more »

Posted on November 17, 2015 at 8:23 am

School Radon Testing Season

Crisp autumn air and beautiful foliage are what people in Iowa think of this time of year.  At Midwest Indoor Air Quality we are scheduling with schools to do their radon tests for the 2015-2016 school year.  The new EPA protocol for school radon testing recommends that we test during the coldest months of the… Read more »

Posted on October 13, 2015 at 5:26 pm