Radon

Kent Robinson

Friday, July 03, 2015

What is radon?  It is an invisible, odorless, radioactive gas.  It is created during the natural decay of uranium in the soil.  Radon is generally pulled through cracks and openings in a basement floors or crawl spaces due to the negative pressure inside a home.  Radon levels vary from house to house and location to location. 


Radon levels vary in houses throughout northern Colorado.  According to the EPA radon levels below 4 pCi/L (pico Curies per Liter) are considered acceptable, 4 to 9.9 pCi/L, they recommend using radon mitigation and radon levels above 10 pCi/L, a radon mitigation system is highly recommended. 


Radon tests can be conducted by yourself buy purchasing a radon test kit at some local government locations for a small fee.  Or you can hire a certified professional to test for radon. 


Even if your home or the one you wish to purchase has high radon levels, radon can be reduced by a radon mitigation system.  Most homes built after 2005 are required to incorporate a radon-resistant construction method.  This is a passive system that allows for ventilation and provides for additional radon mitigation if needed.  If your home or the one you wish to purchase does not have a radon mitigation system, one can be installed.