Because of the health issues associated with high radon, we believe a radon test is the most important item you should have performed in combination with your home inspection.
According to the Colorado Depaertment of Health, about 50% of homes in Colorado have high radon levels. Radon is a naturally occuring invisible and odorless gas that comes from the natural breakdown of uranium in soil, rock, and water. According the US EPA, radon is the second leading cause of lunger cancer behind smoking. The only way to know if your home has high level of radon is to have it tested.
The two minute video shown below is presented by the Boulder County Health Department and provides an overview of the causes of high radon and its’ health effects.
If you’re buying a home, we encourage to you to have a radon test conducted in combination with your home inspection. We use Continuous Radon Monitors from Breeze Radon Monitoring Systems. This solution allows us to:
To run a successfull short term test, “closed” home conditions need to be maintained for 12 hours prior to the beginning of the test and throughout the following 48 hour test duration. This means that windows should remain closed before and during test,that evaporative (or “swamp” coolers) should be turned off, air conditioning (if used) should be set to recycle conditioned air, and that doors should be not opened for more than a minute or two. We’ll place a radon testing device (shown in the picture above) in the lowest livable level of the home. The radon measurement unit samples the air during the 48 hour test period. At the conclusion of the test, you’ll be emailed the results of the test. A sample radon test report can be viewed here. Sample Radon Report