What is Radon?

Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that comes from the breakdown of uranium in soil, rock, and water. Radon has no color, taste, or odor so it can go almost completely undetected. It typically moves up through the ground and either into the air outside or seeps in through cracks and holes in your foundation into your home. The EPA recommends that you take action to reduce your radon levels if they are 4 pCi/L or higher, but you may still want to take action if your levels are between 2 and 4 pCi/L because with modern technology, it is likely that levels can be reduced to lower than 2 pCi/L. Radon has been found in homes all over the United States, but Colorado is considered to be a “Zone 1” meaning it is likely that levels of radon are higher than 4pCi/L in most buildings. Likewise, 3 out of every 4 homes in Colorado likely have high radon levels.

In excess amounts, especially with long-term exposure, radon can be very dangerous to your health. It is the number one leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers, and the second leading cause overall, second only to smoking. Radon is responsible for approximately 21,000 lung cancer deaths each year, with about 2,900 of those being among individuals who have never smoked. On January 13, 2005, Dr. Richard H. Carmona, the US Surgeon General, issued a national health advisory on radon. The issue with radon exposure is that you are likely breathing it in with no way of knowing if the levels you are being exposed to are elevated. There are also no symptoms to alert you of overexposure. The only way to know what level of radon you have in your home is through testing. Fortunately, this is something we can easily take care of. With a simple test we can figure out what levels of radon are in your home and if you need to take action to reduce those levels. 


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