Radon in Colorado

Testing When You Buy For Radon In Colorado

Radon happens. It can be in your house and none of your neighbors. Or vice versa. Best to test for radon in Colorado at the time of your home inspection. Your local inspection service should be able to conduct an onsite test for an additional fee.

Radon is an odorless, colorless gas that occurs naturally deep in the Earth’s crust as rock decays.  The gas floats up through underground fissures and can gather in living spaces.  It is prevalent in Colorado though it occurs all across the country.

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Testing for radon is as simple as setting a testing device in a home for a few days and then sending the device off to a lab to analyze the results.  Mitigation usually costs under one thousand dollars per home.  There are guidelines to ensure the mitigation system is effective – such as where fan motors are located, how far to vent the gas away above the house.  A good system also makes it easy to see if the fans are properly operating — keeping in mind they are installed out of sight.

There is  a helpful EPA guide book all about Radon; if you would like a complimentary copy message me and I can mail it to you.   Radon is common in Colorado and can be a real health concern.  Popular rumor has it that it was discovered at a Nuclear Power facility.  Every night, as a worker was leaving, he set off the radioactivity alarm, resulting in an hours long decontamination process. One day, on a lark, he walked through the detector on his way in – and set off the alarm. And thus leading to the discovery of radon in his house.  Possibly a myth, but also a pretty good story.  The EPA book is all about the facts! 

Radon is a concern, but an easily managed item. It’s just one of the things you sometimes research in Colorado when purchasing a home.

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