Radon mitigation redirects radon gas to flow outside the home rather than into it. The radon is released outside to be diluted by outdoor air, so that it is no longer hazardous.
An expertly installed radon mitigation system can remove your home’s radon up to 99%, ensuring the home is down to the lowest levels possible. A fan continuously brings the radon through PVC piping from under the basement, or the home’s foundation. The fan is mounted on an inconspicuous spot outside, in your attic, or in your garage. The chimney, or the shrubs and other landscaping, can help blend the system’s exterior parts with your home. Inside, an installation in your finished basement should also look finished.
The installation price is within the range for typical home repairs. And the cost to keep the system running will be about the same as for keeping a 75-watt light bulb on—around $100 per year.
Why Is Radon an Issue?
Radon gas breaks down into radioactive particles that can harm lung tissue. Eventually, in some people, this can lead to lung cancer.
From studies of cancer in miners, we know more about radon risks than we know about the risks of most cancer-causing substances. Smokers and children may have higher risks.
How Do I Know My Home’s Radon Levels?
Radon is invisible, and varies seasonally. But your home’s average can be measured. Radon Detection Systems (RDS) is a qualified tester. We’re Colorado’s longest-running testing and mitigation contractor—and the first company ever to perform home radon testing.
Testing homes is more important than ever. The well-sealed, modern home conserves energy, yet can concentrate radon inside. A home buyer may ask the seller if the building is radon-resistant. Many of today’s builders incorporate radon-
Be aware, though, that even the best builder-installed radon systems do not always keep radon levels low enough. It all depends on how strongly the radon emanates into the house. So even radon-resistant buildings should be tested.
Radon levels continue to pose serious health risks in nearly 1 out of 15 U.S. homes, including many Colorado homes. Radon can seep through concrete and other semi-porous materials. Test results of 4 pCi/L or more indicate the need for a qualified mitigation company to help you install or upgrade to an active, fan-based system.
Radon and Selling a Home
Buyers and renters increasingly ask about radon levels in the home as a whole. Buyers will also sometimes ask about specific rooms or spaces. They might be planning to finish a basement that the seller might not have had tested, for example. Many buyers want tests done by a party not connected to the seller.
Begin mitigation if needed, so this issue won’t complicate the home sale later. Long-term testing is best, but you can use two short-term, side-by-side tests (4 inches apart) to learn if you need a mitigation system now.
The Environmental Protection Agency publishes a Home Buyer’s and Seller’s Guide to Radon. Our family-owned and operated office is also ready to assist you. Our knowledge of Colorado geology gives our clients the focused testing and mitigation expertise they demand.
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