The EPA describes Radon in Homes as the #1 cause of Lung Cancer for non-smokers and recommends that all Homebuyers test for Radon.
WHAT IS RADON?
Radon is an invisible radioactive gas that comes from the natural breakdown of uranium and radium in soil, rock and water. Radon moves up through the ground and can get pulled into your your home from the “stack effect”, where hot air rises and pulls new air and Radon gas from below. Radon enters the home through air gaps in basements and crawl spaces. Breathing high levels of Radon for long periods of time can potentially result in Lung Cancer.
IS RADON COMMON ON DENVER?
We find high levels of Radon almost half of the homes that we test in the Denver Metro area. Radon can be found in all ages and quality levels of homes. It has been our experience that higher levels of Radon are more commonly found in some parts of the metro area including Englewood, Centennial, Greenwood Village, Lone Tree, Highlands Ranch, and many mountain properties.
WHAT IS THE BENEFIT OF TESTING WHEN I AM PURCHASING A HOME?
The two main benefits of testing for Radon are to avoid lung cancer, and to be able to ask the seller to install a Radon Mitigation system if the levels are high. The typical cost of a Radon Mitigation System is between $1,000 and $1,500.
CAN I DO A RADON TEST MYSELF?
Self test kits are available on the internet and at most hardware stores. These kits typically take over 10 days to perform the test, mail the test, and receive the results. In most cases, a seller will only accept a Radon report done by a professional. If you choose not to test as part of the purchase process, we highly recommend testing after taking possession of the house.
WHAT IF THE LEVELS ARE HIGH?
If the levels are high, a Radon Mitigation system can be installed to reduce the Radon levels in the home. This is a pipe and fan system that captures the Radon gas before it enters the home and redirects it to the outdoors. Once the system is installed, another test is performed to verify that the system has reduced the Radon to safe levels.
ABOUT OUR RADON TESTING
We use Continuous Radon Monitors that give instant results at the end of a minimum 48 hour testing period. We can start the test 2-3 days prior to your Inspection and get results at the Inspection, or we can start it at the Inspection and have results 2-3 days later.
HOW CAN I FIND OUT MORE?
If you would like to know more about Radon and Real Estate transactions, click on this link to the EPA website at:
Or the Colorado Radon website at: