Facts About Radon Safety

Colorado is ranked 9th in the U.S. for highest levels of radon in homes. The Environmental Protection Agency recommends all homes across the U.S. undergo radon testing, regardless of whether they are in a high-exposure radon zone or a low one. In fact, in many states, radon inspections are required for real estate transfers. Absolute Radon Safety offers clients in Denver and the surrounding areas radon testing home inspections as well as radon mitigation system installation services.

What Is Radon?

Radon is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas that occurs naturally in the earth. Radon gas is created when uranium and thorium break down. The resulting radon gas then seeps out of the earth between the rocks, dirt and other matter and into the air — or into homes.

How Much Radon Is Too Much?

Radon can be found in trace amounts the air almost anywhere. The EPA has ruled that radon in homes at levels below 4 pCi/L is safe. However, many homes in the Denver area have radon levels as high as 13 pCi/L.

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    How Do People Get Radon Poisoning?

    Radon leaches into homes through tiny cracks in the floors, walls and foundation. Since it comes from the earth, most radon is found in subterranean levels. But even homes with crawlspaces can have unacceptably high levels of radon.

    Modern homes are built especially efficiently, wrapped with Tyvek to prevent heat and air conditioning from leaking out. That saves money on HVAC costs, but it also provides a fairly airtight space for radon gas to build up.

    But even if you live in an older home in Denver, you may live above an especially high concentration of radon, causing consistently elevated levels of this dangerous gas in your home.

    Why Is Radon Dangerous?

    Over time, exposure to high levels of radon gas can cause lung cancer. Smokers are even more vulnerable to radon poisoning since their lungs are already weak.

    Because homeowners cannot see, taste, or smell radon gas, they don’t know they are breathing it in. Once the radon gets in your lungs, it stays there and gives off radiation. Eventually, radon poisoning will make you feel sick, but usually not for many years. At that time, you may began coughing and wheezing and feel short of breath. A visit to the doctor may show cancerous tumors that may be too advanced to treat.

    According to the EPA, radon poisoning kills 20,000 people a year. But these deaths are totally preventable with a radon mitigation system installation.

    What Can Be Done to Mitigate Radon Poisoning?

    You can do a home radon test yourself, or you can hire a professional to do it for you. At Absolute Radon Safety, we offer short-term and long-term radon testing home inspections. If the test shows elevated levels of radon in your Denver home, we can talk to you about installing a radon mitigation system. Although installation of our radon mitigation systems — consisting of a fan and PVC pipes — is a fast and easy solution to radon in homes, it should only be installed by professionals. Improper installation can result in increased levels of radon in homes.

    Contact Absolute Radon Safety today to arrange for radon testing, a radon inspection or radon mitigation system installation in your Denver home.

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