Why Radon Testing is Crucial for South Dakota Homes
March 22, 2024

Why Radon Testing is Crucial for South Dakota Homes

Radon is an insidious natural radioactive gas. Because it is odorless, colorless and tasteless, it can cause irreparable damage to homeowners before they even realize it.

South Dakotans are especially at risk for radon exposure, though there is far less awareness around this topic than there should be. By understanding the dangers and knowing how to combat them, you can continue to live life in beautiful South Dakota without fearing for your health.

South Dakota Has the Second Highest Radon Levels in the Country

South Dakota has a radon level of 9.6 pCi/L, which is far above the Environmental Protection Agency’s recommended action level of 4 pciL. Thus, South Dakota ranks second for highest radon levels in the country, just after Alaska.

Radon risk is especially high near the Black Hills, where a surrounding ridge is mineral-rich and contains uranium deposits. South Dakota radon experts have even reported homes in Rapid City with radon levels above 100 pCi/L.

Radon Can Cause Severe Health Problems

In America, radon exposure is responsible for an alarming 21,000 lung cancer deaths each year. This makes it the leading cause of lung cancer after smoking. Alarmingly, radon has no immediate symptoms, so it can take months or even years of exposure before problems become evident. A South Dakotan who is otherwise perfectly healthy could be placing themselves at risk simply by living and breathing in their homes.

If your home has elevated radon levels, it is crucial to enlist professional radon services to mitigate them as soon as possible.

Radon Levels Can Vary Greatly By House

Radon levels depend on the home – even your next-door neighbor could have vastly different radon levels than you do. These levels depend on a number of factors, including your home’s construction, HVAC type, the rock and soil near you and your behaviors at home (such as how frequently you open windows).

A sturdily-built, modern home is not necessarily more safe from radon than an older one. In fact, 60% of homes tested in South Dakota had elevated radon levels. Cracks in the concrete, wall seams, sump pump basins and crawl spaces are all barriers through which radon can pass. 

Take Action Against Radon in Your Home

If you’re concerned about radon levels in your home or simply want to ensure your family’s safety, South Dakota radon experts can help. Radon Crew specializes in testing for and mitigating radon in South Dakota homes.

Contact us today for professional radon services to keep your home and family safe.