Radon inside a home is a very serious problem that is easy to overlook. The good news is that if radon is present at higher than recommended levels, it can typically be easily mitigated. Whether you are planning to sell your home, are looking to buy a home, or just need to check the home you love, CoPro is here to help and answer any questions you may have.

What is radon?

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) refers to radon as a serious health hazard that has a simple solution: Test. Fix. Save a life. As the name suggests, radon is a radioactive gas. It is released by the natural decay of elements like radium, thorium, and uranium. It is invisible to human eyes and has no odor. This naturally occurring health hazard has been found in every state in the country.

CoPro-Home-Inspection-Radon-Inspections-DenverWhile any building can have radon, having elevated levels of radon inside your home is a major concern. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. Radon is present in all air but enters homes through foundations, cracks in the floors, and walls. It then collects inside the home and contaminates the air occupants breathe.

Basement rooms are going to have the highest radon levels. Energy-efficient homes that are tightly sealed and well insulated are especially susceptible to high radon levels. While steps are included in the construction process of newer homes to reduce indoor radon levels, homes of any age can have high radon levels and should be tested. Experts believe approximately half of all homes in Colorado have elevated radon levels. The EPA ranks Denver as a “Zone 1” area and estimates that the average Denver home has levels above 4.0 pCi/L.

What radon level is too high?

Radon is a known carcinogen. The lower the level of radon inside your home, the lower your family’s risk of developing lung cancer from it. Radon gas is everywhere, even in the fresh air we breathe outdoors. In 1988, Congress enacted the Indoor Radon Abatement Act. With the natural outdoor level of radon being established in the act at 0.4 pCi/L, the target radon level for indoor air should be the same or lower.

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