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The problem of radon in our homes has not been as prevalent a news topic as it has been in the past. However, radon is still a very real problem that all home owners should be aware of, especially since the EPA estimates that Colorado has one of the highest concentrations of radon gas in the nation, with nearly 73% of homes in our state having high levels. It can’t be seen or smelled, but it can cause serious health issues. It is the second leading cause of lung cancer, after smoking.

Let’s look at what every Colorado home owner needs to know:

  1. How radon gets into our homes
  2. What can we do to protect ourselves from this dangerous gas

Radon comes from the ground and is the natural breakdown of uranium in soil, rock, and water. It typically moves up through the ground to the air above and into a house through cracks and other holes in the foundation. When this happens, radon gets trapped inside the walls of our well insulated homes. The only way to know if you have elevated levels of radon in your home is to have your home tested. Fortunately, testing for radon is easy and inexpensive. Better still, if you find that you have problem, fixing the problem isn’t as expensive as you might guess. Nationally, the average cost for radon mitigation system is $1,200.

You can test one of two way: purchase a canister kit available online or at most hardware stores, or hire a professional radon testing company to run a test. Hiring a company will be the most accurate.

Analog radon testing is the old standard of the industry and involves a charcoal test kit that can easily set up in a low-lying area of the house, ideally a basement or crawl space. This kit acts like classic photographic film. As radioactivity from radon bombards the test kit, it makes and impression that can later be analyzed.

Digital radon tests and detectors are part of the new age of radon testing. A digital radon monitor, like a smoke detector, constantly analyses the air. Unlike a smoke detector, these
devices display the readings of radon levels on a device itself.

Radon testing is not required when selling in Colorado. However, many prospective buyers may conduct a radon test. If the radon results come back above the recommended 4.0 EPA guidelines then it is possible the buyer will request a mitigation system. Be assured that radon does not need to derail a sale. We are quite familiar with these issues, so call us if you would like to know more.

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