If you own a home in the great state of Colorado, then you should be regularly testing your property for radon. The entire western portion of the United States has high levels of radon, a radioactive material that can cause permanent damage to the human body. Here’s how it works. Radon is located in the ground in very high concentrations in states like Colorado. It’s a radioactive material, and when it starts to break down and decay it creates a gas. This gas is toxic to the human body. It can cause all sorts of ailments for a person exposed to too much of it, and it’s particularly damaging to a person’s lungs. It can increase a person’s likelihood of developing all sorts of lung ailments, including cancer. The problem with radon is that you can’t see it, you can’t taste it, you can’t smell it, and you can’t feel it. It’s completely invisible to people. Thus, you might be living in a home that’s high in radon concentrations, putting yourself and your entire family at risk, and you might not even know it.
This is why it’s so critical to have radon testing performed at your property on a regular basis. This means that about once every five years your home should be tested. Radon testing companies will set up a device in your basement and leave it there for a few days or a few weeks. At the end of that time, they’ll come back and check on the device to see how high the radon levels in your home are. They’ll then be able to tell you whether you need to put in a radon mitigation system, which is essentially a ventilation system that pulls the radon through your home and transfers it outside, or if you’re fine and nothing needs to be done.
In general, radon levels tend to be higher in homes in their basements. This is because radon is located in the ground, and thus the basement is the closest to it. Due to the proximity of the basement to the radon itself, it should come as no surprise that most radon enters a home through cracks in the foundation. Thus, sometimes the only thing a homeowner needs to do to keep the radon out is to secure their foundation. Of course, in some cases that’s simply not possible or it’s too expensive. The thriftier option is typically just to install a radon mitigation system.
If you live in Colorado or really any state out West, it would be wise to hire a home inspection company and have them come take a look at your home’s radon levels. You don’t have anything to lose by having your home tested for radon, but if the levels in your home are high, you certainly have a lot to gain from it. There are plenty of great radon inspection companies out there, but for the Front Range of Colorado A Better Home Inspection is the first one you should reach out to.