In an effort to simplify the confusing world of radon gas, we have answered a few important questions below and have offered a Frequently Asked Questions section. Additionally, you can select an appropriate brochure whether you are a buyer, seller, or REALTOR®.
What Is Radon?
Radon is a colorless, odorless gas caused by uranium and granite decay in the soil. Where a home is situated on the soil can affect whether radon will be an issue inside the home. Radon enters in multiple ways, including cracks or openings in the foundation. By design, homes are built to keep utility costs low and to retain heat; however, this also creates an environment in which radon gas infiltrating the home becomes trapped and can accumulate to unsafe levels.
WHY SHOULD I TEST FOR RADON?
Peace of mind. Various locations in Colorado have dangerously high levels of radon which can affect one's health. Although no level of exposure to radon is safe, the higher the concentrations and longer an individual is exposed to the gas, the more likely that health problems can occur. In the United States, radon gas is the 2nd leading cause of lung cancer and is responsible for 21,000 deaths per year. Both the EPA and the Surgeon General state the only way to find the radon levels within the home is to have it tested. Don't assume the levels in your home are acceptable based on neighboring properties. The levels can vary by a large amount even from homes right next-door to each other. Maps are available showing high-risk areas; unfortunately, Colorado is labeled in red in almost all counties.
HOW DOES RED ROCKS CERTIFIED PROPERTY INSPECTION LLC PERFORM A RADON TEST?
We understand how quickly real estate transactions happen and how deadlines must be met. Because of this, we need to be able to assess the radon levels in a home in a short period of time. Unlike many tests that can be performed and sent to a lab for analysis, we use an accurate, EPA approved Radalink™ AirCat with pulsed ionization chamber that measures the levels of radon in the home over a minimum of 48 hours, and we obtain readouts immediately. Our machines are calibrated yearly and are designed to alert us if they have been moved or tampered with to provide you the most precise snapshot possible.