What is Radon?

Radon is a carcinogenic (cancer-causing) radioactive gas. You cannot see, smell or taste radon, but it may be a problem in your home. Is is very common throughout Boulder County, with about 40% of Boulder homes having radon above acceptable levels. There are low levels in all homes and outside because of the geology of Boulder, Colorado.

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What are radon symptoms?

There are no immediate symptoms, and the only known long-term symptoms are the same as those for smoking-induced lung cancer patients. The only way to know if you have radon in your home is to test for radon, which is easy and inexpensive. Radon causes over 20,000 deaths from lung cancer in the United States alone, more than any other cause except for smoking. There are generally high levels in Boulder County because of the geology of the area, so testing is mandatory in all real-estate transactions, and a smart idea every few years to protect your health, since no level of radon is considered safe.

How does radon get into my home?

1-Cracks in solid floors

2-Construction joints

3-Cracks in walls

4-Gaps in suspended floors

5-Gaps around service pipes

6-Cavities inside walls

7-The water supply

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How can I test for Radon?

To test for radon in your own home, just go to McGuckins or your favorite local store and pick up a test kit. The price includes the lab fees, and in 1-2 weeks, you will have a quick sample of the radon level in your home. If you are involved in a real-estate transaction the buyer’s inspector will likely use a sophisticated radon measurement device so you get your results in two days. Keep in mind that all short-term radon tests are NOT accurate for showing you the radon exposure over the course of a full year. The EPA recommends that if you test and have a level of 4.0PCL or more, you should either follow that with another short term test, or a long term test to verify the measurement. Short term tests are good for real-estate transactions to get a general idea of the radon level. Homeowners wanting more accurate information for their own health should use a longer term test to understand the actual radon exposure. Know that the World Health Organization says that you should not live with radon above 2.0PCL, since any radon exposure is unhealthy.

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How can I get rid of radon in my home?

Eco Handyman is certified through the NRPP (National Radon Proficiency Program), to install advanced certified radon mitigation systems throughout Boulder, Longmont, Louisville, Lafayette and Superior, Colorado. Our systems adhere to the best practices for radon mitigation. Please read more about how we install these radon mitigation systems and why they are a great value. You will also learn about additional air quality benefits to having one of our radon systems in your home. Click HERE for more mitigation.

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Why do radon levels change?

Radon levels can change quite a bit from one day to the next, and season to season. The radon level is a result of pressure differentials between the home interior, outside air and the soil below the home. Wind pressurizing the soil, warmth in the home and cold outside (creating a “stack-effect” in the home that can draw radon in), running your furnace with ductwork that is not balanced and many other factors can change the results of a short term radon test drastically. Long terms tests roll with the “ups and downs” of radon levels in your home, and give you an average over time that is close to your actual exposure in the home.

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How much radon is safe?

According to the United Nations World Health Organization, most radon-induced lung cancers are from LOW and MEDIUM dose exposures in people’s own homes. Translation: Radon is not only a health issue at very high levels, any exposure can have a negative effect on your health, just like smoking cigarettes. For real-estate transaction in the United States, the generally accepted number is that no action is necessary at less than 4.0PCL, and that an active system to get the level should be installed above 4.0PCL. That said, there is NO safe level of radon, and less is always better. Just like smoking one cigarette after dinner like some people do in Europe is better than smoking a pack a day, there is no safe level of smoking. The effects of radon are the same on the lungs as smoking cigarettes.

Learn how radon gas may affect you at the EPA Website:

http://www.epa.gov/radon/healthrisks.html

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