Test your home for radon today!
Why do I need a radon test for my home?
Radon is a radioactive gas that has been found in homes all over the United States. Colorado is Zone 1 the highest levels of radon gas. Nearly 73% of homes in Colorado have high levels of radon gas.
The U.S. Surgeon General Health Advisory: "Indoor radon gas is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the United States and breathing it over prolonged periods can present a significant health risk to families all over the country. It's important to know that this threat is completely preventable. Radon can be detected with a simple test and fixed through well-established venting techniques." January 2005

Starting in October 2012, in Colorado, a radon test will be required for all real estate transactions.
How does a radon test work?
We strictly follow the testing guidlines (protocols) for real estate transactions of the United States EPA and the quality control procedures established by the CO Department of Public Health. This is the only way a consistent and accurate test can be provided.

Radon tests work best when placed in the lowest level of a building, such as the basement, where radon is the most prevalent. They should also be conducted in the room that is used most often. Short-term tests in particular operate best when little air is allowed from outside. These should be placed high enough from the floor so that they cannot be knocked over, throwing off the results.
Can you smell radon?
You cannot see, smell or taste radon, but it may be a problem in your home. Radon is a cancer-causing radioactive gas.
My neighbor's house doesn't have radon; does that mean I am safe too?
You cannot predict radon levels based on state, local, and neighborhood radon measurements. Do not rely on radon test results taken in other homes in the neighborhood to estimate the radon level in your home. Homes which are next to each other can have different radon levels. Testing is the only way to find out what your home's radon level is.
At what level is radon dangerous?
According to the E.P.A. any level above 4.0 pCi/L needs a mitigation system. Consider fixing when the radon level is between 2 and 4 pCi/L.

Radon Risk If You Have Never Smoked

Radon Level If 1,000 people who never smoked were exposed to this level over a lifetime*... The risk of cancer from radon exposure compares to**... WHAT TO DO:
20 pCi/L About 36 people could get lung cancer 35 times the risk of drowning Fix your home
10 pCi/L About 18 people could get lung cancer 20 times the risk of dying in a home fire Fix your home
8 pCi/L About 15 people could get lung cancer 4 times the risk of dying in a fall Fix your home
4 pCi/L About 7 people could get lung cancer The risk of dying in a car crash Fix your home
2 pCi/L About 4 person could get lung cancer The risk of dying from poison Consider fixing between 2 and 4 pCi/L
1.3 pCi/L About 2 people could get lung cancer (Average indoor radon level) (Reducing radon levels below
2 pCi/L is difficult.)
0.4 pCi/L   (Average outdoor radon level)
Note: If you are a former smoker, your risk may be higher.

What happens if I open my doors and windows during the radon test?
This will not be considered a reliable radon test. A Retest will be necessary.
My house has been closed for a year or more and I got a high level of radon gas reading?
It doesn't matter if the house has been closed for a year or 12 hours you should get the same result from a reliable radon gas test kit.
If I have a vapor barrier in my house, it should vent radon, right?
Unfortunately, not. Radon will go to the path of least resistance. It can go through a hole the size of your pinky. The only way to reduce radon is through a sub-slab or a sub -membrane active system.
What are my options if my radon level is too high?
If radon levels are too high, install a radon reduction system. Use the EPA's guidelines to help you choose a qualified radon service professional. Keep all installation details to share with your buyer.
  • Some systems can be installed in stages. The first stage might lower radon to an acceptable level. If not, the installer moves forward with the remaining steps.
  • Once radon levels are known, you will probably have to disclose them to potential buyers.
  • Even if you've tested the home, the buyer may perform a new test to verify the results.
  • If you're building a home, install a radon reduction system now. It will be much less expensive than adding it later, and will probably be a more effective system.
  • Radon testing will be made mandatory in Co starting in October 2012 for all real estate transactions.
Low radon levels are a selling point. If you find out now that there's a high amount of radon in your home, you'll have time to decide if you'll participate in a reduction system.
Approximately, how much does radon mitigation cost?
It varies but the average cost is $800-$1200.00. It you have a large crawl space the cost will be higher. Also, If you have a basement more than 1800 square feet you may need 2 radon mitigation systems installed.
What are symptoms of radon poisoning?
You cannot see or smell radon gas as it seeps into your basement from the earth below. This radioactive gas causes damage to our cells deep within the lungs. Unlike carbon monoxide gas which has defined symptoms from increasing amounts of exposure similar to the flu. Radon gas exposure has no early discernible symptoms.

A client of mine was told by his doctor at his yearly exam that he should test for radon gas. Why?... because it's good preventive medicine. You could kind of call it a blood test for your home.

Back to my client with the doctor's orders to get radon test kit for his home. He found that the radon level in his home was 23pCi/L or nearly 4 times the acceptable Environmental Protection Agency's action level of 4pCi/L. He also learned that the former owner of his home had just died of lung cancer. Needless to say he was in a hurry to get his home fixed.
What are the health effects of Radon?
There are no immediate symptoms. In Colorado, approximately 3 out of 4 homes have radon levels in excess of the EPA recommended action level of 4 picocuries (pCi) of radon per a liter of air. According to EPA Estimates, Radon is the #1 cause of LUNG CANCER among non-smokers. Overall Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer. Radon is responsible for about 21,000 lung cancer deaths every year.

Is radon a problem in your home?
While Colorado geology indicates the potential for Radon problems, the only way to determine if there is by measuring the radon level. Measuring for radon can be done simply and relatively inexpensively.
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After testing, what do I do if my radon levels are above 4.0 pci/l?
Today's technology can reduce indoor radon levels below 4 pCi/L, in most cases, to 2 pCi/L or less. Simple systems known as sub-slab depressurization system, uses pipes and a fan to remove radon gas from beneath the concrete and foundation before it can enter the home. Learn more about Radon Mitigation