Radon Testing to Keep Northern Colorado Residents Safe
Radon gas is a cancer-causing radioactive gas that can’t be smelled, tasted, or seen. It’s called a silent killer because it’s the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, responsible for over 20,000 deaths each year. Created from the natural radioactive breakdown of uranium in the soil, rocks, and water found near your home, radon usually enters your home through cracks in your pipes, foundation, floors, and walls. Because radon builds up inside Northern Colorado homes at a higher rate than many other areas of the country, radon testing is recommended to ensure your family’s safety. If you don’t know the level of radon gas inside your Fort Collins, Loveland or Windsor-area home, Foothills Home Inspections can provide radon testing for your protection and peace of mind.
Accurate Radon Testing Results With Home Inspections
At Foothills Home Inspections, we use 48-hour continuous monitors to test for radon gas. Our machines will generate the minimum, maximum, and average levels of radon in your home, as well as an hour-to-hour sample for the most accurate results. Many Northern Colorado residents ask us to include radon testing at the end of a home inspection. We’re more than happy to do this because we believe testing your home for radon exposure is extremely important. Every home should be tested, whether it’s an older home or a newer construction built with radon-resistant materials.
Radon Levels Fluctuate Often – Have Your Home Retested
Radon levels fluctuate often, and you can’t predict them based on your state or neighborhood. You should have your home retested every two years. If the radon level in your home is 4pCi/L (picoCuries per liter) or higher, you’ll need to seek a certified radon mitigation contractor to perform diagnostic evaluation and take the necessary steps to reduce your radon to more acceptable levels. If your radon level falls between 2pCi/L and 4pCi/L, you should consider radon mitigation, as there is no safe level of radon. Foothills Home Inspections provides radon testing seven days a week.
Fixing a Home With High Radon Levels Is Easier Than It Sounds
If your radon test reveals your home has high radon levels, there are ways to fix this inexpensively. A radon mitigation contractor will usually seal the cracks where radon enters your home and install an active soil depressurization (ASD) system. Using a radon fan, an ASD system changes the air pressure beneath your home and draws out the radon gas. It is then safely vented above your roofline. Make sure they retest your radon levels afterward or call Foothills Home Inspections to come back for follow-up testing for the best results. For more information on the harmful effects of radon gas, we recommend visiting epa.gov/radon, aarst.org, crcpd.org, or nrsb.org.